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September 8th, 2006

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08:43 am - erg...many, many muddy hands

muddy hands

whenever i get an image like this, that i crop:

muddy hands (2)

and then crop again,

muddy hands (3)

it's obvious that i don't have a perfect deal. well, I WANT A PERFECT DEAL. in fact, whenever i go out on a shoot, that is exactly what i'm looking for. i want something perfect -something that achieves its own sort of escape velocity. i am not a great lover of images that require neighbors for context. or of "small" pictures. of course, i have thousands of "small" gems: i have rubies and saphires and emeralds by the dozens. and i stash them in folders on my desktop. sometimes i just throw them out. why? because they're not diamonds.

a month ago when i got the acceptance from calyx, one of the images they chose was an image i have always loved, but don't consider "perfect". it's the image of the one-eyed woman holding the crow. they chose that image OVER one i think is perfect. it got me to thinking of this:

my perfect isn't your perfect.

small things are perfect in their own way; there is amazingness in non-perfection.

i tend to approach my entire life way i approach my artwork. i don't really allow for imperfection. i don't really allow for things like vacations. i want things done correctly right NOW...etc. in my race for the the perfect thing, i miss or squander piles of experiences that add depth and substance to life.

about the image i posted here, what i like about it is the light and the gesture. it doesn't look like a photo to me, but more like a painting. like a modern rendition of a caravaggio...at least in the treatment of the light relations.

the magic moment when we become aware that there is more life lived than left.

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[User Picture]
Date:September 9th, 2006 03:16 am (UTC)
"DOING IT IN AN OVERLAY???" you're way beyond my skill set in photoshop, i see... how do i do this "overlay" thing? is this the same as "layers"?

LET'S SEE THAT SELF PORTRAIT, JAMES W!!!! c'mon, cough it up! if you do it right here in my lj, i'm the only one who will see it!

thanks for the birthday wishes. i have already gotten a lot of kewl stuff in the mail! :)
i am glad you think i'm i diamond. mostly, i think of myself as quartz.
[User Picture]
Date:September 9th, 2006 04:30 am (UTC)
ok, grab onto yo’ mouse and let’s boogie . . .
(i think it’s the same in cs as with the crap version i use)
1. create a new layer – the layer will be selected by default
- i’ll assume you have an image open (-;
2. change the layer type to “overlay”
3. fill with 50% grey – edit-fill . . .
you can see this on the layer thumbnail (nothing will happen to the image)
4. switch to the brush tool, start with a nice soft edge brush
and set the opacity to around 20% to start
5. use black to burn, white to dodge (select at the bottom of the tool bar . . .)
6. start painting on the overlay. yo!
7. use the layer opacity to attenuate if too intense
8. you can also use the gaussian blur filter to soften the effects . . .
kewl, eh.
after you play with one it’s easy.
tomorrow we selectively add filters using the alpha channel (-:

ok, since it’s your birthday dear . . .
you may regret asking



[User Picture]
Date:September 9th, 2006 04:37 pm (UTC)
OMGGGGGG!! WELL, BESIDES THE CONTEXT OF THE IMAGE ITSELF ("what a dork" -says under breath) you are NOT funny looking. WTF, james??? you were supposed to be funny-looking!!

i'll try that process...but not today. today i'm all about playing. it's m'bday! also, thank you for taking the time to write it, jim.


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