Monday, August 3, 2009

Not What I Intended, But Beautiful Nonetheless



Okay, dear bloggers, I get it. You do not come here to do math equations (2 previous posts ago). You come to blogland to enjoy photographs, appreciate a new painting, revel in a poem, enjoy a story or a rant, or take a little peek into the life of someone else. So I will not have the math post up as the first post you encounter here today. You can scroll down to it if you have a mind to . . . Instead, here are a few failed photographs from my previous Sony Cybershot camera. Apparently these are not errors of the camera, but errors of the photographer who has not tweaked the settings to let in enough light. These type of shots have a name! They are known as "smear phenomenon". Well - I think the smears are exquisite and have kept them on my computer. Not quite sure how I will use them creatively - but there is no rush.





So what do you think of these "smear phenomenon" pics? The intriguing thing is I would not know how to purposefully produce these. They are a momentary, "freak" accident that can never be captured again. Come to think of it that is true for most photographs - and, more importantly, for life. Here's to our "captures" - be they feelings, connections, moments, camera shots, . . . Perhaps that is why we so treasure our memories. They are a way to re-capture a moment in time and savour it anew. In the meantime, savour these colourful accidents.

28 comments:

  1. Beauty in 'smears' - light fusing, blending, moving, with the dynamic moment - resisting a static appraisal! Yes, metaphoric images.

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  2. Fortune favours the prepared mind, Bonnie = those shots are lovely and an artistic mind like yours can put them to good use. They are lovely.

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  3. There is no such thing as a "mistake" when it comes to any form of art. Exploration, trial and error, moving from a to b -- that is art. What you created here is art. Accept this as a gift you found without realizing it! Some people would spend time working to try and create this. You happened to stumble up on it. They're beautiful.

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  4. Some mistake, Bonnie!

    Watercolours par excellence, you couldn't achieve this if you tried.
    And now i'm going down to the maths.

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  5. me again.
    I'm a follower of your site but I can't see my picture in your list. Perhaps we'll wait for it to come up?

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  6. hi bonnie - these are gorgeous!!! i agree with sherry lee - there are no mistakes . . . i'd add just hidden intentions!! i would love love love to know how you did this. maybe someone will come by and share the sweet secret!! have a lovely afternoon. steven

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  7. Oh how cool and beautiful is that!! Wow..now I wanna figure out a way to do that!!! That is wonderful!! I have a morphing program..hmmmm. Lovely "mistakes"!
    Sarah

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  8. I've never managed to make that kind of mistake with my camera, but those are great.

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  9. Rose Marie:

    Your expressions make even the mundane appear beautiful! Thank you.

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  10. Weaver:

    Yes, I will put them to good use. Thank you for encouragement to do so.

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  11. Friko:

    Yes, I had not thought of them looking like watercolours, but they do.

    You are on my blog list, number 1 right now because of your recent post. I would never exclude you!

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  12. Steven:

    I was curious too and found out what it was in my instruction manual for the camera. As I said, it has something to do with pixels going all "clafluey" when there is not enough light.

    If it was my intention, it was deeply unconscious. I was rather annoyed when I first saw them - until I realized the camera has produced something uniquely beautiful.

    Bloggers, do check out Steven's Sunday post on "the golden fish" - exquisite link to an amazing nature/soul writer (Jeffries, I think).
    I read it Steven and have yet to leave a comment - words seemed inadequate at the time.

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  13. Followed your site, I really like it, great photos

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  14. Wow! They do look like water colors and they are beautiful. Such pretty colors. Perhaps worth framing.

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  15. I think they are beautiful and I'm surprised they are photographs.

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  16. I love the second one down worthy of a frame!

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  17. Sarah:
    Jazz:

    Yes, watch for the incredible mistake - so easy to overlook. I had to stop myself from the impulse to delete these "mistakes" because they were not what I was looking for in the shot.

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  18. gaucil 23:
    Choices:

    I'm so glad you dropped by and that you like these happy accidents!

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  19. Sarah:

    Morphing is a great word to describe what I ended up with here!

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  20. Sandra:

    You're right - they don't really look like photographs - how neat.

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  21. Bonnie, I think they're amazing; I would be keeping them too. I'm looking for some modern prints for my room here - hey, if I were you.........

    I missed the math post somehow but I have done the same thing with numbers for years, especially number plates. I think it's boredom; sitting in the passenger seat. I also try to make a saying out of the letters!

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  22. Love these smear shots. Beautiful!

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  23. Bonnie: These are fantastic. Very cool. By the way, your goddess is up at http://margaretfinnegan.blogspot.com. Hope you like her.

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  24. Alaine:

    Glad you like the photos - and really glad I am not alone with the license plate things - I also do the word or phrase thing with the letters!

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  25. Sneaky Momma:

    So glad you dropped by and that you like these!

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  26. Margaret:

    Oh my goodness. How very sweet! On Margaret's blog she offered/offers for you to make a request based on your needs for a goddess and she, Margaret, will find the goddess appropriate to your needs.

    I requested a goddess to help my daughter through her bout with cancer. Then, I went merrily on my way and forgot about it. Now, alerted by Margaret, I see that the goddess is Quan Yin. Now, I don't know many goddesses, but I do know Quan Yin, the goddess of compassion and actually have a couple of prints of her. The choice could not be better! Margaret also gives the background and service of the goddess - and you can learn things you never knew. Do check out her blog: http://margaretfinnegan.blogspot.com

    THANK YOU Margaret!!

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  27. Hi Bonnie

    what purple wonders you have created, they are so fluid like they are melting and perfumy...if that is a word...

    Happy days

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  28. Love love LOOOOOOVE! Gorgeous melty flowers...

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