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As promised, here are the revelations as to what the images I posted yesterday in Abstract Reality actually are! Everyone had really, really good guesses! I was very impressed! 🙂

First image: Grill Cover Tear

“Fissure” (Grill Cover Tear)

I focussed in tight on that top corner and then converted the image to b&w. Boy, this thing is really in sad shape, huh? 😉

Second image: Rusty Metal Wing of Hummingbird Garden Stake

“Wired” (Rusty Metal Wing of Hummingbird Garden Stake)

I composed this image using just the wing of the hummingbird garden stake. Because the leaf-strewn ground color was so close to the warm colors of the wing I decided to desaturate the entire image and then selectively bring back those wonderful rusted tones of the metal. Works for me! 😉

Third image: Rusty Saw Blade on Dirty Grill Cover

“Rusted” (Rusty Saw Blade on Dirty Grill Cover)

Yep, nothing more than a very rusty saw blade on a very dirty grill cover. Can’t fake this kind of texture! 🙂

Fourth image: Grill Cover Mesh Panel

“Grilled” (Grill Cover Mesh Panel)

Okay, I admit it, this one really wasn’t fair but Scott never said we had to play fair. 😉 Inverting the colors on the mesh part of the grill cover with the very reflective stainless steel behind gave this abstract a sequin-ish look (I really liked that guess, Kiwi! 🙂 )

Fifth image: Star Suncatcher

“Inprismed” (Star Suncatcher)

Going in close on the center portion of a bevelled-glass star suncatcher made for an interesting abstract. Except for the blue center, the glass is actually clear and gains its colors by reflecting all that is around it (green/blue tones from the evergreen trees close by and warm tones from the leaves and cedar mulch that lay below). My, that 105mm lens gives a lovely shallow depth of field at such a close range, doesn’t it? 😉

Sixth image: The Inside of a Sunflower Bird Bath

“Rosebud” (The Inside of a Sunflower Bird Bath)

I figured most would guess this one! (Does it make up for the grill cover mesh image? 😉 ) The inside of my sunflower bird bath has such interesting patterns and textures. Small red buds from the tree overhead added just that tiny pop of needed color.

Seventh image: Water Bottle with Reflection

“I.C.U.” (Water Bottle with Reflection)

My trusty Cool Gear water bottle! LOVE that it is orange and hot pink! (Yeah, sometimes I’m really such a girl). This thing is GIANT and is with me pretty much at all times when home. One evening, it was sitting on my desk when I noticed the light from the monitor was creating an eerie glow as well as a very cool miniature reflection of the bottom ring in the water line above. I played with many different compostions and angles and ended up liking how this one looks cyborgish.

The eighth imagewas fairly obvious: One Red Sneaker, Two White Pant Legs, Three Black Rails

“One Red, Two White, Three Black” (One Red Sneaker, Two White Pant Legs, Three Black Rails)

A pair of legs (if I recall, belonging to a man) wearing white pants and red sneakers. This shot was taken pretty much by accident while watching a parade in the Magic Kingdom and aside from a slight levels adjustment, is straight out of the camera.

So, there you have it, folks! Thanks so much for playing! 😀

My Heart Will Go On

“My Heart Will Go On” (Gray Catbird in Birdbath, Dumetella carolinensis) Nikon D300, 1000mm (600mm w/1.7x teleconverter), F/6.7, 1/20s, ISO 640

Here we are at the ‘magical’ birdbath once again!

This time, a Gray Catbird takes a dip and seems to be re-enacting that infamous scene on the bow of the Titanic.

Queue the haunting melody… 😉

Well, at least for the robins! 🙂 

You just can’t beat the personality of the bird in the first image! Doesn’t he look like he is having a ball?? 

“Shake Your Tailfeathers” (American Robin, Male) Nikon D300, 1000mm (600mm w/1.7x teleconverter), F/6.7, 1/250s, +0.3EV, ISO 500

In this second image, I really like the colors and movement seen in the water as well as the ‘glow’ surrounding the robin’s head (courtesy of some chartreuse-colored leaves waaaaay off in the distance). 

“Bathing Beauty” (American Robin, Male) Nikon D300, 1000mm (600mm w/1.7x teleconverter), F/6.7, 1/100s, ISO 640

You’d never know that seconds ago he, too, was going nuts in the water! 🙂

A House Sparrow enjoys a cool dip in one of the many birdbaths we have placed around the landscape…

“Splish, Splash” (House Sparrow) Nikon D300, 850mm (600m w/1.4x teleconverter), F/5.6, 1/200s, +0.3EV, ISO 500, SB800 w/Gary Fong Lightsphere Cloud, -1.0EV

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