Playing with opacity today. Because I’m usually in a bit of a fog anyway. Have a great weekend, everyone!
Tony Giardino: “How the h**l do you even know if you’re going in the right direction?”
Pilot: “Instruments, instruments!”
Tony Giardino *pointing at instrument*: “Oh yeah? Yeah? What’s that?”
Pilot: “That’s the artificial horizon, which is better than the actual horizon.”
– Anthony LaPaglia and Steven Wright – So I Married an Axe Murderer
About this image: digital photograph, lightly modified
This is so cool! Simply elegant.
Thanks for sharing! And a great weekend to you as well 🙂
Thank you so much, P&K!
I liked it a bit better full-scale… which is funny, because usually making my stuff less easy to read improves upon it!
great pic. great movie…Oh Canada
Why can’t they produce an artist as fine as you?
Hahaha… that’ll send an army of angry Canadians over to beat down my door!
(That’s if all those horses can climb two-flights of stairs)! 😉
Seriously though, Ms. B… thank you very, very much!
Sort of delicate and bold at the same time. I like it very much, Robert.
I think it works a bit better on a lager scale… maybe? There is more detail in the leaves closest to the plastic – which then seems to provide more contrast with the others blurring out into the distance.
Oh, well! Still… something… I hope.
Thank you very much, S.E.!
I really like it, Robert!
That is very nice to hear, S.E.! Thank you!
Perfect view to start the day what with the foggy, shadowy cone of silence feel to this quiet beauty. Thank you SiG!
Oh, thank you, Ms. K.! You have such a way with words… and they’re always incredibly kind ones, too!
Love the image. Must see that film!
Thank you so much, N.M.!
I still watch it quite a bit… not a lot of ‘heavy lifting’ involved with that movie, but that’s nice sometimes, too, I think.
Such a lovely effect!!
Thank you very much, Dishy!
I think it works a bit better larger scale because there’s a bit more contrast in detail between the leaves closest to the plastic and those further away… oh well!
Steven Wright “I lost a buttonhole”
Hilarious! I don’t know how he manages to keep from cracking-up…
I think in later years he couldn’t keep it together as well.
I couldn’t do it…
I can barely type his lines without spitting Coke out of my nose!
It’s very misty and fantastic. Nice shot. By the way, the translucent is one of characteristics in modern architecture…
Thank you very much, sir! I really like that effect… it’s fun to experiment with and see how different levels of opacity can change the look of things!
This makes me think of Hawaii in the rain. Or axe murderers. Either way it’s a lovely shot. 🙂
HA! One of those things definitely sounds more pleasant. Especially if we’re not talking Mike Myers films.
Thank you so much, Ms. C!
Some of the sharper detail gets lost at this scale, which was too bad, but I was hoping it was still somewhat interesting.
I was trying to figure out if I was more impressed by your artistic talent, or your ability to recall dialogue from all kinds of obscure (to me) movies. Artistic talent wins, hands down, but about that other thing…man o man.
Thank you so very much, Peg!
Hahaha… well… not as impressive in that I have to cheat all the time! I’ll remember the related part of a song or movie I use, but I always have to check and make sure I’ve got the dialogue / lyrics right (the specifics usually get a bit fuzzy). What I do remember probably comes from the fact I tend to watch the same movies over and over again.
Nice Bob 🙂 You have to trust your Artificial Horizon… until the vacuum fails then you’d better pray you’re not in cloud otherwise you’re going to have to work very hard to stop becoming a statistic! It’s a very nice abstract – but the dialogue got my attention!
For the record – average life span for non-instrument trained pilots in cloud is 178 seconds. Loss of Artificial Horizon if not immediately identified wouldn’t give you a lot longer 😦
I fear I would do far worse than 178 seconds if I was piloting the craft, Martin!
Now I wish I would have transcribed the whole scene for you, Martin! I’ve posted the first part before, and it goes something like this:
Tony Giardino: “Hey listen… how long is it gonna take us to get there?”
Pilot: “It shouldn’t take very long.”
Pilot: “Actually I have no concept of time.”
Tony Giardino: “Geez, is this dangerous?”
Pilot: “No. Well, you know there’s chance in everything.”
Tony Giardino: “Look I don’t wanna get too personal or anything, but you’ve done this before, right?”
Pilot: “Oh yeah, yeah. I do this all the time.”
Pilot: “I’ve never done it at night.”
(There’s more, too – I won’t spoil it as I’ll probably use the ending at some point, too, but let’s just say the Pilot starts to get a bit sleepy…)
“…and when Sig awoke from his nap, he was buck naked and far out into the jungle. Again.
‘Uh-oh,’ he thought. ‘Anabelle is gonna be pissed.’ ” 🙂
Hahaha… not entirely true, M.P…
At least I remembered my leaf… this time!
Very nice Inky 😀 Have a great weekend!
Why, thank you!
I wish the very same for you, Mary!
Peaceful, SIG. I like it. Just scrolled up to look at it again. Yeah. I like the calming effect. Thank you.
Every now and then it seems like I should try calm things down a bit over here…
in between all the usual craziness! Thank you so very much, Ms. D!
I’m a bit foggy too . . . this was perfect! 😀
*whew* And I was sure it was only me!
Thank you very much, Nancy!
This could be the cover art for a really artistic version of “Jack and the Beanstalk”.
Fe, fi fo fum…
I smell the stuff of ab-strac-tion!
It looks magical Mr. SIG 🙂
Aw, thanks so much Ms. B!
I like the fogging
effect on this one SIG 🙂
Thanks so much, Andro!
I’m very happy to hear that, sir!
Hey have a great weekend SIG 🙂
And keep up the great work that
you are doing here 🙂
Many thanks, Andro!
As you can see I’m running a bit behind lately, but thank you very much sir!
I hope you had a wonderful weekend as well!
Steamy window!!!! Plant voyeurism …is there such a thing?
I’m sure if it’s possible, it’s out there!
We’ll probably be reading all about it on your site one of these days, Loon!
I think that plant is smiling at me.
Day of the Triffids!
It’s a very friendly plant.
But sometimes I think it would appreciate a bit more light.
Love this. Why not post a larger one? I can see where trimming would mean the loss of some of the finer detail. Still, the image is wonderful. Looks like the backdrop for a book cover…
Hahaha… because that would be smart!
AND I’m paranoid. So I keep all my images small. That way, if anyone was to ‘borrow’ them (although I’m not sure why they’d want too), I’ve still got the nice large original and they’ve got some pixelation if/when printed large. As far as the crop goes… that might have worked, too, but I was also playing with the balance between positive and negative space here (and I didn’t want to give more of that up). Although the composition probably would have been a bit different anyway, if it wasn’t such a balancing act to shoot this in the first place.
Thanks much as always, Red!
There is also another option…Collage it with the detail places as insets. Make it a study, as it were. Involved, I know. You just jogged the creative bone with this one, SIG.
That’s a wonderful idea – I’m afraid I just did an awful job of explaining myself, sorry about that. The detail is there (in the original), it’s resizing it / smaller scale and screen resolution that zaps it. And if it wasn’t there, overlaying more and resizing w/o increasing screen size and/resolution would take it away again as soon as it was reformatted. Did that gibberish make any sense? I swear words hate me, Red!
I understood originally it was the resolution and not the size. I was thinking, though, using a small crop of the detail rich area could suffer less in the resolution drop. Just an idea. 😉
No, words do not hate you.
Hahaha… then why do they push me around so much!?
Perspective. Point the lens at them. You will win.
Hahaha… I’ll have to give that a try at some point, Red!
Thanks for clearing that up, I thought I was in a fog there for a moment…cool image.
the climate is usually a bit strange in this refrigerator!
Well done ! Simple elegance. I can see clearly now. It is going to be a bright shiny day. 🙂
Thank you so much, sir!
*whew* I’m a bit relieved to hear ‘the fog is gone’…
This is Ax Murdering scene always reminds me of a conversations we have when I am navigating/driving the car.
Tony Giardino (you): Hey listen. How long is it gonna take us to get there?
Pilot (me): It shouldn’t take very long. [pause] Actually I have no concept of time.
Tony Giardino (you): Geez, is this dangerous?
Pilot (me): No. Well, you know there’s chance in everything.
Tony Giardino (you): Look I don’t wanna get too personal or anything but you’ve done this before, right?
Pilot (me): Oh yeah, yeah. I do this all the time. [pause] I’ve never done it at night.
HEAD! PANTS! NOW!
We do tend to find ourselves a bit further East than we originally plan on heading.
HEAD! MAP! NOW!
it’s dreamlike, and beautiful! have a great weekend.
Thanks so much, U.M!
And I wish the very same to you, of course!
Something about this seems old-school, and almost zen. I like it.
Thanks so much, J.P.!
That’s kind of what I was going for… only the balancing act I was doing at the time didn’t seem to do much for enhancing my calm!
It feels like I’m dreaming 😀 Love it!
Thank you very much, Cristina!
That is exactly the kind of feeling I was hoping to capture, so I’m very happy to hear that!
I thank you for that, sir!
Really quite nice, Inky! I like the simplicity of this.
Thanks much, Mr. B! It might have turned out a bit better if the simplicity wasn’t so complicated to shoot! The plastic was from the cover of a notebook, and I had that and the plant stacked up to the right height to work with my tripod (and the light) and was trying to hold back branches with one hand and keep the cover open with the other… it was ridiculous!
You made it look easy!! 🙂
I wondered what “sheet” you used to shoot through too! Your secret is out! 😉
Hey, thanks, Mr. B!
Hahaha… I guess so! It was a blue cover (which is originally what got me to thinking), but obviously I pretty much scrapped all that in editing.
It looks cool, nonetheless!
Love that fog affect…It seems to soften things up. Great job, Bob!
Beautifully soft and simple, with wonderful light. I like this, SIG.
Thanks so much, Mr. H!
It’s funny – such a simple image, and it was one of the most ridiculous things to try set-up… I could have used a few extra hands on this one (or a small army of them)!