Originally I airbrushed out this guy’s ‘blemishes’ (because I can relate), but it felt… too ‘perfect’. Sorry, bamboo. But hey, it’s almost Friday… if that helps. Have a great weekend, everyone!

Derek Zoolander: “If there is anything that this horrible tragedy can teach us, it’s that a male model’s life is a precious, precious commodity. Just because we have chiseled abs and stunning features, it doesn’t mean that we too can’t not die in a freak gasoline fight accident.”

– Ben Stiller – Zoolander

About this image: digital photograph, lightly modified


73 thoughts on “Bamboo

  1. Yes, I’m reminded of ‘leg bones’. And er, it strikes me as quite phallic too. All in all it’s rather lovely, Robert. I like the contrast between the smooth and craggy and the tones are beautiful.

    • Thanks, S.E… I’ve never been very happy with the bamboo photos I’ve taken over the years (although I continue to try)… this one is probably the closest I’ve gotten, though… well, I do have another one of some leaves I might try get processed at some point, too, I guess…

        • Hmmm… to tell you the truth… I don’t know if I can really put my finger on it. I think I’d like to have included a bit more detail in the background (although that would have been difficult to do here), and it seems as though every time I do the shot seems to get / feel cluttered to me… maybe a forest of some really big / old bamboo would help (if I could find one).

  2. I love bamboo. Will be glad when the ones they planted around here grows.
    Great job, Sig!
    Didn’t mean to get behind on your posts. I was out a week and it really messed up my blogging.
    Hugs x

    • I really like it, too, Deb! For some reason I always have a really difficult time getting a photo of it I like, though.
      Been there, done that! No worries, Deb! Anytime is a good time!

    • Thanks, Spectra! I think so, too (maybe that’s why I always have such a difficult time with it – so hard to ‘capture’ that feeling – for me, anyway)!

    • It really does look that way, doesn’t it? Which is kind of funny, because at the time that didn’t even occur to me… I guess it was a case of not seeing the bamboo forest for the trees, so to speak! Thanks much, Astra!

  3. The sleek look at the top looks metallic. I rather like the more natural look, but you did a good job on the upper part.

    • Why thank you, Patti! I can’t take too much credit for that, though – in the end I pretty much gave up on the airbrushing and went back to the original… strange how much smoother the top looks than the bottom, though… I was noticing that very same thing!

  4. Bamboo can be very useful… especially
    if one has eaten all the celery (Confused?)
    Well it is more than likely something that
    has a kinky twist to it and I don’t mean the
    Bamboo either (Whack 😉 ) lol

    Great work SIG 🙂

    The added imagination
    alone gives this a 10/10


    • I had no idea there were such alternate uses for Bamboo, A.G.! Of course, the way things run around here I’m just happy if I can figure out how to get a photograph figured out!
      Thanks very much, Andro! I hope you are having a wonderful day!

    • Hahaha… thanks, Ms. D!
      That sounds really, really cool! I’ve been through / by some small stands of bamboo before (obviously), but I’d love to see a huge forest of it some day… sounds so cool!

    • One of my favorite ‘light-lifting’ movies, Peg! I’m sure I’ll be borrowing quite a few more quotes in the future!
      Hahaha… “Are you going to say I’m a bad Bamboo Forest Ugoogolizer?”

    • Thanks, N.M.!
      I have a hunch I’m not done with Stiller quotes by a long shot
      (his father is hilarious, too – so he’ll probably be making quite a few appearances also)!

  5. LOVE it! Bamboo is so awesomely simple with many uses not immediately apparent! (flaws or not) Ex: When we’re trekking if we have a machete we can always make a cup. Grab a stalk of bamboo, chop off a piece above the growth plate (that’s where it’s solid) and you suddenly have a simple cup. They’re also cool to send back home for souvenirs. Our village uses these for everyday use. Sorry S-i-G, I’ve not been around much, busy with the tribe and all that entails. You have no idea how complicated simple people can make things. *sigh*

    • I would imagine that’s very true!
      From what I’ve heard it grows fairly quickly and is rather strong, too (which I would imagine would be another big plus for construction, etc.).
      Please don’t apologize! I understand how crazy life can get even around here! I’m just happy you are always so kind to stop by when you get the chance, Lynn!

    • Why thank you, Ms. K!
      Hahaha… true enough! And for the most part everything worked out in the end! I mean, we have the Derek Zoolander Center for Kids Who Can’t Read Good and Wanna Learn To Do Other Stuff Good Too, now!

  6. I love bamboo. To have airbrushed it would have been to take away its character. Not a big fan of growing it, but love to look at it. Ribbon cane is my preferred take over the entire neighborhood plant.

    Love the muted busyness of the background as well. Great counterpoint to the detail.

    • Me too, Red! Although I’m not a big fan of growing anything, really. Well, the growing it doesn’t bother me, it’s the killing it and my wondering just where I went wrong (again) that really gets to me.
      Thanks, Red! This was actually a fairly small stand of Bamboo, and I wanted to give the impression that might not the case (and highlight the foreground as much as possible) so I decided to throw a really shallow depth of field at this one.

  7. Glad you didn’t bamboozled us with airbrushing. Don’t want to undermine young bamboo shoots’ self-image. They would all end-up thin and or overly curvacious trying to live-up to an unrealistic image. 🙂
    As to having more bamboo.; I remember my father working very hard to get rid of the stuff after planting some for ornamental purposes in the yard. It is really hyper-grass and once it spreads very tenacious. At least no one has crossed it with dandelions. Now that image has potential. 😀

    • Ha!
      Absolutely! I should probably go and give the bamboo a bit of a reassuring pep-talk, too… just in case it got overheard what I said and took it the wrong way!

      I had heard bamboo was fairly hearty, strong and ‘fast growing’, but I don’t think I knew it liked to spread so easily! Hahaha… that would make the ‘Dandeboo’ a very formidable plant indeed!

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