Wednesday, September 29, 2010

K is For Kaleidoscopes


Since I received my Nikon a couple years ago I have taken literally millions of pictures.  I have learned that the perfect shot is usually a thing of luck and timing.  One can go out with the full intent of doing some great photography and come home with maybe a couple or maybe nothing at all.  I think that is one of the elements of photography that drives those who love it so; attempting to take that perfect picture.

I have gained an intense love for attempting this feat in nature.  Trying to grasp that beauty that we see on an everyday basis if we look.  Flowers are another of my passions thus they are part of my portfolio in a grand way.
I am not a fan of photo shop as I want the pictures quality to be there because of my attempt yet there are times when I dabble in it for fun.  One of the attributes of Photo shop I love is the ability to make kaleidoscopes with a chosen photo.  Who does not remember this novelty of older times?  A tube put up to the eye and when twisted showed beautiful variations of color and design. 
My flower photos have shown to be a wonderful tool for such things.  The wonderful thing about photo shopping a kaleidoscope is that the photo does not have to be perfect.  The imperfection can not be seen.  I thought for ABC Wednesday I would share some of my photos which I have worked over.  Being a symmetrical person myself I love how the photo is taken and proportioned perfectly giving color and design to each attempt.  I have even taken a few other photos and played with them.  Below are a couple of kaleidoscopes of something other than flowers.  Can you guess what it may be..

How About this One?
The possibilities are endless.

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19 comments:

Wendy said...

I love kaleidoscopes and have always been fascinated with the movement and colors. I've never really seen flowers the way you have shot them so beautifully. They remind me of sacred mandalas.

faerwillow said...

~these are beautiful...i do not have photoshop but i keep seeing people create the most amazing images with it...makes me ponder such thought! warm wishes and brightest blessings~

Linda in New Mexico said...

I love these......I haven't tried that as of yet on Photoshop. There are such fabulous vibes that come from these. Thanks for sharing....hope you're enjoying your Autumn.
I didn't make the hot pistachios but rather bought them. And yes they are addictive. Glad you are enjoying the chiles....what did you make? just curious.
Jams are gone with the toast, rabbit now lives on our gnome shelf, candle now burns in my studio and I am waiting for the morning air to turn chilly so that I can enjoy my soft hug around my neck. Thanks my friend.

Annelie said...

WOW! Amazing, good work! Love it!

Annelie said...

It´ s me again. I had to return and see them again...

Annelie E
ABC Wednesday team

RA said...

I have always been fascinated by kaleidoscopes, and yours are beautiful!
I can guess what the first one is, because I have seen you post the original photo and I lively remember the colour from it. Seeing parts of guitar just makes me more certain. It is from the Muse gig you and Vance attended. Muse rules! :)

The second one looks like dripping candle wax?

Mother's Moon's Message said...

RA I should have known it would be you who guessed the guitar and yes it is Matthew Bellamy's... Going to see the guys on the 8th of October.. can not wait... And yes the second is a melting candle...

RA said...

Oh, I'm so envious! Have a blast and please, please, take photos. :)

mxtodis123 said...

They're lovely and so creative. Thanks for sharing this. If I EVER get my camera, I'm coming to you for help, my friend.
Mary

Teresa said...

The pictures are wonderful. I admit I prefer my imperfect photos to one that has been photoshopped as well (even though I do try for perfect), but those kaleidoscopes are beautiful!

Roger Owen Green said...

flower power, kaleiscope eyes; i'm having a flashback...

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Mina said...

I used to love those things! Your pictures are amazing.

K(Banterings of a Basketcase) said...

I love kaleidoscopes- I've made a few with pringles cans. But these pictures are even more amazing. I've seen this affect done with people and they looked less pretty. Yours are goregeous.

Wanda said...

Wow, you are an artist with a camera. How lovely each design is!!!

Great post for K.

ChrisJ said...

That Michaelmas Daisy one is out of this world!

Lyn said...

I used to have one of those kaleidoscope tubes!

Your images are stunning. I didn't know you could do that with Photoshop. Is is an action?

Jo said...

These are stunning!! They remind me of sacred mandallas... very contemplative and affirming!
Thanks for sharing them with us.
Hugs xxx

Faerie Moon Creations said...

Stunning images! I don't use Photoshop - but my husband does. I'll have to mention this to him. These really are so bright and pretty - they made me smile today! Theresa

Illustrated Ink said...

Wow, these are so lovely! I love kaleidoscopes (but then again, who doesn't?). ;) Beautiful work!