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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! 😀

“Fissure” (??) Nikon D300, VR 105mm F/2.8G, F/8, 1/80s, Built-in Fill Flash w/Gary Fong ‘Puffer’ Diffuser, Nik Silver Efex Pro ‘Architecture’ Filter

Well, it’s time for another one of Scott’s Photo Assignments and for this go around the challenge is Abstract Photography. I generally do not go out looking to take abstract photos but occasionally, they do find me. 🙂

All but the last two photos were taken today. With not alot of color around these parts and very few flowers to be had, I looked for subject matter outside my norm and concentrated on form, light and texture. The last two images I pulled from the archives since otherwise, they probably would never have seen the light of day.

Can you guess what they are? (Answers will be posted tomorrow).
 

“Wired” (??) Nikon D300, VR 105mm F/2.8G, F/6.3, 1/200s, ISO 200, Selective Toning

 

“Rusted” (??) Nikon D300, VR 105mm F/2.8G, F/8, 1/125s, ISO 200

 

“Grilled” (??) Nikon D300, VR 105mm F/2.8G, F/6.3, 1/80s, ISO 200, Colors Inverted

 

“Inprismed” (??) Nikon D300, VR 105mm F/2.8G, F/3.2, 1/100s, ISO 100

 

“Rosebud” (??) Nikon D300, VR 105mm F/2.8G, F/7.1, 1/100s, ISO 200

 

“I.C.U” (??) Canon Powershot SX40 HS, 27.3mm, F/4.5, 1/15s, ISO 1600

 

“One Red, Two White, Three Black” (??) Nikon Coolpix P7100, 42.6mm, F/5.6, 1/250s, ISO 100

"Resilience" (Steering Column inside Tree) Nikon D300, 56mm, F/7.1, 1/160s, -1.0EV, ISO 540, SB800 w/Gary Fong Lightsphere Cloud

"Junk in the Trunk" (Living Tree Trunk grown around Automobile Steering Column) Nikon D300, 56mm, F/7.1, 1/160s, -1.0EV, ISO 640, SB800 w/Gary Fong Lightsphere Cloud

Up against a concrete wall, in the farthest corner of a secondary parking lot for the local commuter rail, stands a remarkable tree. What makes it remarkable is the fact that, over the course of 30-40 years, its trunk has grown around an abandoned steering column.

Up until last week, I didn’t know about this tree and never would have known about it if it weren’t for our buddy, Chris (local Meineke owner and self-proclaimed ‘grease monkey’). My husband was at the shop with my Jeep when Chris said, “you gotta come see this tree – your wife will love it.” Turns out, he was right. 🙂

From what I understand, a very long time ago, this area was home to a junk yard (which certainly explains the random automobile parts still scattered along the perimeter of the lot). Chris has known about the tree for years as his shop is only a block away. So, why the sudden interest now?

Seems the lot has been sold, so the tree will be coming down to make way for a parking garage. Sigh. In a way, I find it somewhat sad that this resilient tree, which endured decades of hardship through the carelessness of man, will now ultimately meet its end at the hands of man.

So, while certainly not in the realm of images I usually take, I simply could not pass up the opportunity to capture something this unique for posterity!

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