Friday, February 24, 2012

Foto Friday - Courtesy of the Cuttlefish

Just as predicted, its been another really gray week!
And while we don't have to contend with snow, we are quite used to seeing the sun
on a regular basis. I have to say, the sun . . . its been MIA!

This past weekend my daughter had a solo and ensemble competition and instead of taking the bus and 
waiting there all day, she asked if we would drive her there when it was her turn. 
After we dropped her off we had about forty minutes until we needed to go back and get her,
and yes of course, I brought my camera. It was a very rural area, and every now and again
we would find a small herd of cattle, maybe even a very small barn. But as luck would have it on these
2 lane roads, it seemed there was always a vehicle behind us when I found something of interest
and not much a shoulder to pull off over and let them go by.

  What was that about a cuttlefish you ask?

Well, I'm sure most of us know that when we talk about Sepia in photography that we're talking about
a photograph made in a brown color. But I was curious as to what the actual definition was and found
something interesting that I didn't know. I learned that sepia is a brown ink-like pigment that is secreted
from the Cuttlefish when alarmed. It's used with brush or pen in drawing and as an artist's watercolor.
They began using this toning effect in the 1880s giving the black and white a warmer tone. And lucky
for us in the digital age we can do this with a click of a button as you can't do this to a color photograph
in the darkroom.

So, since this was such a drab and gray week and given what I did find to photograph this week (mostly brown anyway)  I decided that they looked more interesting in the sepia tones.

Soooo much rain lately, which is helping to ease our drought, but a little too much at one time....

Normally water isn't found in these, it's just for run off and it looks like those horses found a few puddles!

{P52 - Cabin Fever - I think even the horses were glad to get out after all this rain!}
This was on the coastal birding trail, and just when I was getting in the car I saw (and heard) him flying through the trees and got back out and crossed my fingers that I could find him AND that he wouldn't fly away. He must have been hungrier than he was bothered by me and I just watched in amazement as he
caught fish after fish.

{Shoot, edit, submit}

And the bees are busy again!

{Photo Art Friday choice #1 - It started out sepia and I added a little color back in, a slight dual tone
with blue and yellow, and some pencil sketch}

Is anyone else a little freaked out that February is almost over? It feels like father time has turned
up the dial and I'm not liking it at all! Hope this finds you at the edge of a wonderful weekend!!

Love, Kim


  Photo Art Friday
                                             project 52 p52 weekly photo challenge 


the hollie rogue said...

what gorgeous faces those horses have! captured some amazing shots as always! thanks for linking up

TesoriTrovati said...

I am wondering when winter will finally arrive? Not that I am complaining, mind you, I just fear that we are going to be playing baseball around here in April with hats and mittens like last year. Right now it feels like spring training weather! Love the bee shot for sure and those horses are gorgeous! As always, thanks for sharing!
Enjoy the day.

mary said...

great shots, the sepia really warmed them up, love the way you played with the flower shot, thanks for sharing...

Kristy LifenReflection said...

love the poppies!

lisa said...

Kim, each of these is just beautiful. I especially love the first one with that little windmill in the background. I never knew that about sepia! Really interesting, and thank you for sharing!
Sending you wishes for a wonderful weekend!

Ida said...

Fabulous Post. I loved all the Sepia Toned Photos. My top picks: Horses, and Bee.
Loved the touch of color you added back in to your PAF piece. Lovely.

Kathryn Dyche Dechairo said...

Gorgeous shots Kim, love the Sepia images (talk about learning something new each day) . . . . and yes I'm more than a little freaked that February is almost over. Can't seem to keep a firm handle on time these days.

Linda Makiej said...

Wonderful work....

Have a nice weekend!

Abi said...

My goodness, so many beautiful photos! You certainly made the most of all the gray skies and rain!

...melody... said...

You have some beautiful photos here! I think my favorites are the ones of the horses and the bee. :)

Bonnie said...

Well thank you for the information about the origins of 'sepia' Kim! Sepia tone does sound better than cuttlefish tone though, doesn't it?

Love your cuttlefish toned country shots - especially the one of the horses.

Your flower edit is lovely. Hard to imagine a few months ago you were resisting trying to wrap your mind and time around getting back into Photoshop. Didn't take you long!!! :)

Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful work with Photo Art Friday.

Deanna said...

Well that was interesting about the origins of sepia ink..thanks!! I know it's been grey but I think you all really needed the rain. But enough is enough!! Lovely group of photos, I really like the horses and the flower pic and I know exactly what you mean about stopping for photos with cars behind you and no place to pull off...happened quite a bit to me today too.

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Very nice photos.

Regards and best wishes

Kathy said...

That was a very interesting factoid! And that cow behind the barbed wire has the most goreous eyes! I'm in love :)

Ross said...

I'm at a loss for words! These are really amazing shots! I think the sepia fits these images perfectly. The second shot has to be one of my favorites. Then again they are all great!

Liz said...

Beautiful series of images! I love the reflections on the water.

Pat said...

A beautiful series!

urban muser said...

these images are perfect in the sepia tones. gorgeous!

HuNnY aNd PoPpA LeWiS said...

Your photos are amazing. I love the sepia effect because I think it adds character to certain photos. Love the photo of the horses -- great job!!

Donna said...

Love the cow. Beautiful pictures.

Kim said...

I love all of these shots, Kim. My favorite is the horse.

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