Tuesday, December 8, 2009

...surprises from my camera...

As an amateur photographer, I often do not know what I am doing.  But I believe, there is often value in 'not knowing'.  There are even gifts in our mistakes.  (What a comfort!) 

On a little photo excursion, after playing with the settings on my camera, I came home to find that I had mistakenly set the camera to take all the photos in sepia.  I was disappointed as the colours and light had been magnificent and now they were reduced to this faded, almost uniform sepia.  I tried to experiment in Picasa to see if I could insert the colours I had seen, to no avail.  However, I unwittingly produced the effect you see below.  I don't know if you agree, but I find the unanticipated effect quite lovely. 

I am learning to follow my mistakes and see where they lead.  Sometimes they lead to disappointment, but sometimes, just sometimes.....a delightful surprise emerges.














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28 comments:

  1. I think these are stunning, Bonnie! They have a mystical quality to them. Ethereal and the color you've achieved through experimenting is very soothing, Monochromatic...

    These would be lovely framed...xo
    Calli

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  2. You are so right! And aren't the surprises fun?!

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  3. Some of the greatest discoveries in science have come by accident - same concept applies to art, I guess.

    These are beautiful.

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  4. Very nice

    seasons greetings from

    yvonne

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  5. So well said! Beauty in imperfection and mistakes... such a great reminder to keep our minds open to ALL possibilities.

    The photos do have a mystique to them and a cool effect that makes them intriguing!

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  6. HI BONNIE-

    If these amazing and beautiful pictures are mistakes then I hope you make many more 'mistakes' :-). I really loved them.
    Happy Tuesday to you my new friend.

    Love Gail
    peace.....

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  7. I think the photos have a wintry feel...like etchings in ice!

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  8. I agree with you totally Bonnie - the effect that you have accidentally got with those trees is absolutely beautiful. The question is - could you do it again?

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  9. Those turned out very cool looking. What an unexpected surprise - and a good one! I love when a shot turns out really good - by a fluke no less! LOL!

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  10. Oh Bonnie..I'm with you..these are stunning I especially like the first one. I think sometimes not knowing the "rules" we just play and have fun with it..sometimes coloring outside the lines produces wonderful things...like these beautiful shots.
    I have been playing with the apertur on mine..trying to get good moon shots..getting closer every month..LOL!!
    Hugs to you, Sarah

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  11. It is hard to see past our idea of mistakes and to be open to learn from them and to enjoy them for what they are. You still have in your memory the sights that you saw and you have these lovely photos too. A double pleasure, I think.

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  12. What a happy surprise. These are gorgeous shots.

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  13. These are wonderful! Happy little surprises await us all we have to do is relax and wait for them!

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  14. Bonnie, you are right. We sometimes start out with a plan or a vision of a specific idea or subject and along the way, either by accident or by unforeseen circumstances we veer away from our intended destination on to a new path. Sometimes we don't know it until we come home and see what happened along the way. Often times we are dissappointed perhaps but other times we are delightfully surprised and even filled with new ideas.
    I think you have some pleasing shots here. I am thining these look like frost on the branches and the sepia color treatment brings a timeless and simple look. Its very cool and may even inspire you in other ways in the future about what you would like to set out and capture.

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  15. nice. these have some great texture to them...
    sometimes mistakes are not even that, just another way of accomplishing what we set out to do...

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  16. Gorgeous Grasses! These images are a different interpretation than the plan you started out with, but if you had stuck to your plan you wouldn't have learned anything and we would not have had a peek at these gorgeous grasses. Thanks for sharing, Bonnie!

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  17. Oh yeah! Great mistake. I like the idea of going with the flow and seeing what comes from things not planned.

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  18. This is a happy “mistake” as the result is very beautiful. It looks like lace, so delicate. I wish my mistakes were that pretty.

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  19. i'm in love with the second photograph bonnie. it is beautiful. steven

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  20. With your heartfelt intention to hold to beauty you have created just that. Your venture, and we each gifted by it capture.

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  21. I think they are just wonderful. Sometimes I am neglecting using sepia, forgetting that it is a way to obtain great results..

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  22. your mistake has managed to add some amazing tonal contrast to these images. Well done. Sometimes with out knowing it our eyes see more than just colour.

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  23. Bonnie, I think these are gorgeous! Hallelujah for mistakes!

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  24. a very happy 'mistake' indeed. these photos are gorgeous, such delicate tracery would hardly have made quite such an impact in colour.

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  25. I wish all my mistakes produced such beauty - gorgeous! The sepia works really well these images. If you want to play around with it more, get Lightroom software.

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