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”Bright and Beautiful, Great and Small, Wise and Wonderful”

I finished this one a couple weeks back, and then got so busy, I didn't get a chance to share it then ... ;oD



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Counsel From the Mer-Folk Digital Image Composite by Robin Griggs Wood.
A gathering to consult the elders of the sea.
About this image:

30 images were used to create this one image. The rock structure was not actually on the water, but is a panoramic stitch of 4 images. Some of the seals on the foreground portion of the rocks were one seal that was being shooed from dock by a marina worker. Others are from various other stops along the coast. (Here's a sample of some of the images that went into it: https://photos.google.com/photo/AF1QipNVEFwafp4V5BVQ8E7dZIv1Dnvx8oRywnOPy8hO). The water was created using Flaming Pear's "Flood", among other basic reflection techniques. The liability with "Flood" is that it only creates a mirror reflection. However, that is not how real reflections work, in terms of perspective. So, many of the reflections of the foreground rocks and seals on the perspective plane had to be added individually after the initial reflection was created.

Pop Quiz! How many seals can you count here? (I won't make you count the pelicans ... ;o))


With this many #Sea-ullButts and #SeagullButtsInDisguise , it fits right into #SeagullButtSaturday  .... ;o))

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If you've made it this far, please know that there is NO such photography theme as #SeagullButtSaturday . The following people, sometimes posting to the #FunniestNonthemeOnGplus , are actually the #FunniestNonCuratorsOnGplus .

+Robin Griggs Wood +Ursula Klepper +Christin McLeod +Sassi Sassmannshausen +Lauri Novak +Richard Ball +Craig Szymanski +Melissa Beagle +Ellie Kennard +Cora Triton +Steve Savoie +Pam Wolfe +Joy Mum +Jon Cassill +Tom McGowan +Annie Irving +Diana Boyd +Debby Moran +Alex Lapidus +Lou McCorkle +Rob Lopes +Kimmetal Smith +Bette Kauffman +Liz C +Jacqueline Hodsdon +Darion Jackman +Steven Kennard +Sharon Stone +Dawn Siadatan +Sumit Sen +Jasbir S. Randhawa +Gazzaroonii T. +John Wade +Dave Bell +Swee Oh +Leo Deegan +Nancy Battis Vita +Patrick Kelly +Marilyn Benham +Mari Luukkonen +Lora Lee Chapman +Giselle Savoie +Carin Bruce +David Q. Cohen +Gernot Glaeser +Maureen Roberson +Brian Grzelewski +cobalt please +Darcee McCutcheon +Annelies Jansen +Rachel Ferris +Margaret Tompkins +Jan Vermeulen +Christi Nielsen

Real themes:
#SurrealArtSaturday  with thanks to +Mikko Tyllinen 
#fantasticandsurrealphotos with thanks to +Gemma Costa +Rob Heron  and +Fantastic & Surreal Photos 
#fineartfantasticphotos  with thanks to +Fine Art Fantastic Photos  +Heimo MAUSER and +Freya de Castelbajac
#LandscapePhotography with thanks to +Margaret Tompkins +Tony Phillips +Dave Gaylord +Doug Hagadorn +Eric Drumm and +Landscape Photography

Must-have hashtags (for hackling the hashtag-haters … ;o))
#SeagullButtSaturday (duh!)
#SeagullButtShots 
#SeagullButts 
#notatheme 
#SeagullButtsInDisguise (for other birds; a fine way to use up all those bird shots you took that are "not quite what you were shooting for" and currently languishing on your hard drive.)
#Gulluminati (what the group of non-curators have come to be known as)
#FunniestNonthemeOnGplus (because, isn't it?! … ;oD)
#Splatterday (Jasbir's invention, applicable for, ahem, some conditional shots … ;o7)

#rgwoodpost #Gulluminati #Gullarazzi #FunniestNonthemeOnGplus
#googleplusphotos #DigitalArtSaturday #hqspphotoart   #BTPOtherPro   #digitalart #digitalpainting #photoshop #photomanipulation   #mattepainting  

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The White Seal

While this is clearly a composite, a little anecdote goes with it. We stopped along the coast at a bay inaccessible by humans (who didn't have mountain goat in their lineage) that was overrun with pelicans, seagulls and seals. She was truly the only white seal amongst the crowd and alone on one rock in the middle of the water. There was one of those observation stands where you put a a couple quarters in and you could see everything through huge binoculars. It was the only place to stand that was up above the (darn) fence blocking the lenses of all the photographers there.

There was one guy standing on it when we arrived, with his long lens perched on the tourist binoculars and pointed towards this little white seal. She had her back to everyone. We stayed there quite a while, hoping to find another spot to stand above that (damn) fence and this best shooting spot hogger guy never budged from that spot.

I was about to give up and hike back up to the car and neared the observation stand. The spot hogger guy turned towards me and then climbed down indicating that I could have the spot ... mumbling irritatedly, "Good luck getting her to turn around" and hrrumpfed off.

As soon as I climbed up on the stand and pointed my long lens at her, she turned around––and kept turned around for another few minutes, just staring at me. Ha! I think I get to have the moniker of "seal whisperer" now ... ;o))). It was worth the wait; she had such a sweet face.

About the composite: when I got back home, the rocks in this shot reminded me more of something arctic, so I put the little seal in there and used a rainbow that I'd shot out of the car window on the drive, turned on it's side, for the aurora in the sky.

#LandscapePhotography with thanks to +Margaret Tompkins +Jim Warthman +Toshi Nakamura and +Landscape Photography


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Another Angel Gets Her Wings
OK, not those wings! ... +Laurie Rubin appropriate wings ... ;o). If you caught my post yesterday, (https://goo.gl/NnK1mu) where I explained about dragging +Karen Hutton and Laurie, along with lightdancer extraordinaire +Sassi Sassmannshausen out into the cold (well, it's Summer, so not that cold), dark (well, we were in the parking lot of the hotel, so not that dark) night and forced them to stand for hours (well, it was seconds really, but I'm sure they thought it was hours) while I stumbled through my set-up with the long-exposure and the PixelStick (www.thepixelstick.com/). I'd made wings for them both ... butterfly seemed to suit Laurie, nature-photog phenomenon that she is. 

I admit (sheepish grin), I embellished it a "skosh" ... ;o) ... because Laurie is a magic woman and I had to make sure that her true self was on the represent here, ya know?!

Thank you so much for your patience, Laurie!
I just adore this woman ... and, I've been hanging out a lot with her of late ... 
A little announcement coming up soon (with prizes!) ... <giggle>



#TreyUSA #LAphotowalk
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+Karen Hutton, what a trooper you are! +Sassi Sassmannshausen and I brought a PixelStick to the #TreyUSA  photowalk and during the after-party I asked Karen and +Laurie Rubin if they would be willing to be my models for an experiment: I made wings for them both, for long exposures with the lightstick. I scuttled them outside the hotel and I told Karen, "Ok, these are your wings, especially made for you; be who you would be if you weren't confined by this universe." It didn't take her more than a heartbeat to be her full self ... Karen, the "life is light" lady ... her true self is pure light!

I did say "experiment" above, as this turned out a little blurry because, to get the wings, I made her hold that pose for 13 seconds! So, it's more of an illustration right now ... ;oD. I'll get better at this! 

"Why", you may ask "not just take a shot of Karen quickly and then composite wings behind her?!" ... because ... being around 13 seconds of Karen in all her unbearable-lightenss-of-being awesomeness ... heheh, who could resist? ... ;o)

Thank you for being so wonderful, Karen!
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Mesmera

So, this happened ... ;o)
It started out as a bit of play because my boyfriend pointed out to me some cool effects a polarizing filter makes over common, crumpled cellophane (that stuff you get wrapped around blu-ray/dvd movies). Using my laptop screen (with a white background on full screen in Photoshop), which also happens to be polarized, and then turning the filter, the cellophane comes up with these crazy colors and makes for some interesting abstracts ⇒ see a screenshot of those here: https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/jQr5TKXVifI8RPliM8Ab2y1PknTO_G4LH5XftUrgYVWQ=s0

I was inspired to play with them after doing a critique hangout with +Lou McCorkle ... she made these gorgeous abstract works, and there really wasn't much to "critique" with them; they were fantastic. But I think the mood of playing with abstract work stuck with me after spending time ooh-ing and ah-ing at her work ... :o). It's all your fault, Lou ... ;o)))

Layering, masking, applying textures, rearranging, applying blend modes ... 50 some layers worth of etcetera ... and voila!

I see it in my mind's eye as printed large, so it may be better for you to click on it and view it in the lightbox. 



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#SurrealArtSaturday with thanks to +Mikko Tyllinen & +SurrealArtSaturday
+Fantastic & Surreal Photos with thanks to +Gemma Costa +Rob Heron #fantasticandsurrealphotos  
+HQSP Photo Art with thanks to +Anja Wessels +Enrique Pelaez #hqspphotoartmanipulation  
#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos   #fantasy #fantasyart #fantasydigitalart #digital #photoshop #creative #hqspart #DigitalArtSaturday   #surrealart   #photomanipulator #photomanipulation
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Playing with editing, for #CamelTuesday .

(just kidding ... there is no "Camel Tuesday" ... but if there were, I'd say "happy Camel Tuesday" to you! ... ;o)))

#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #digitalart #fantasyart #surrealart #painting #digitalpainting #photoshop #photomanipulation #hqspanimals   #btpanimalpro  
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"Searching For Context"

Composite by Robin Griggs Wood

Admittedly, a lot of my works are based merely on play ... playing with light, color and mood; some of my most favorite things to see in imagery.

I hope that your week allows you a bit of time to play with whatever your most favorite is, too ... :o)


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"Epicus"

Aviarus Raticus began his humble origins as a lowly courtyard muffin-crumb picker; under the shadows of the courtyard trees, tables and chairs; between the shadows of the courtyard diner's ankles; barely missing the menacing and quick shadows of the small diners and those barking, furry, snapping creatures they called "Fluffy", "Sweetums", and "Mommy's Wittow Pwecious".

He was ... 
Just. Like. Everyone. Else.

No one knows what made him move from the safety of the shadows that day. Perhaps it was one too many snappings from "Mommy's Wittow Pwecious", but move he did and landed atop the courtyard fountain. It was like a veil of perpetual darkness and fear had been lifted  from him, as he perched there, bejeweled by the flickering reflections of the sun embraced fountain. He felt strong and free; the master of all he surveyed.

In awe, his fellow lowly courtyard muffin-crumb pickers gazed up at him, resplendent upon his glittering throne. "Epicus" they named him that day; the High Caesar of the "Bonny Hills Vacation Villa Food Courtyard".

And he lived happily ever after.



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If you've made it this far, please know that there is NO such photography theme as #SeagullButtSaturday. The following people, sometimes posting to the #FunniestNonthemeOnGplus, are actually the #FunniestNonCuratorsOnGplus.

+Robin Griggs Wood +Ursula Klepper +Christin McLeod +Sassi Sassmannshausen +Lauri Novak +Richard Ball +Craig Szymanski +Melissa Beagle +Ellie Kennard +Cora Triton +Steve Savoie +Pam Wolfe +Joy Mum +Jon Cassill +Tom McGowan +Annie Irving +Diana Boyd +Debby Moran +Alex Lapidus +Lou McCorkle +Rob Lopes +Kimmetal Smith +Bette Kauffman +Liz C +Jacqueline Hodsdon +Darion Jackman +Steven Kennard +Sharon Stone +Dawn Siadatan +Sumit Sen +Jasbir S. Randhawa +Gazzaroonii T. +John Wade +Dave Bell +Swee Oh +Leo Deegan +Nancy Battis Vita +Patrick Kelly +Marilyn Benham +Mari Luukkonen +Lora Lee Chapman +Giselle Savoie +Carin Bruce +David Q. Cohen +Gernot Glaeser +Maureen Roberson +Brian Grzelewski +cobalt please +Darcee McCutcheon +Annelies Jansen +Rachel Ferris +Margaret Tompkins +Jan Vermeulen +Christi Nielsen

Must-have hashtags (for hackling the hashtag-haters … ;o))
#SeagullButtSaturday (duh!)
#SeagullButtShots 
#SeagullButts 
#notatheme 
#SeagullButtsInDisguise (for other birds; a fine way to use up all those bird shots you took that are "not quite what you were shooting for" and currently languishing on your hard drive.)
#Gulluminati (what the group of non-curators have come to be known as)
#FunniestNonthemeOnGplus (because, isn't it?! … ;oD)
#Splatterday (Jasbir's invention, applicable for, ahem, some conditional shots … ;o7)

#rgwoodpost #Gulluminati #Gullarazzi #FunniestNonthemeOnGplus
#googleplusphotos #hqspbirds #birdsgallery #hqsplandscape
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