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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 cyborg-ish.
The eighth imagewas fairly obvious: 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! :D