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Posted by
Barbara Lee (Oakland, United States) on 16 August 2010 in Miscellaneous.

Ok, for my Aminus friends who may be interested, here is part of the original scene that was the source for the abstracts of the last week or so. I cropped off the street name which is on the right - but you get the idea from these numbers. It is a stenciled address on an old doorway with layers and layers of old paint underneath. Its a bit hard to see the color through the white in this exposure, but it is there, as you can tell in the abstracts I've been posting. I just got down low and close and isolated sections to make macro exposures. Bringing the raw files into PS, I worked mostly with Viveza 2 to really bring out the color and texture. I think that this exercise just goes to prove the point that our eyes are our best tool as photographers, and we should stay open to all possiblities.

When I am out - alone - wandering up and down the alleyways of the City - it becomes a rather meditative act of just staying open to what is before me. Must say - I am having a lot of fun with this project!

NIKON D90 1/40 second F/16.0 ISO 400 57 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

It is always fun to see where the inspiration comes from!

16 Aug 2010 2:33pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

And a magnificent , inspiring, motivational job you are doing. Your words are absolutely true. Words we should try to live by and live up to...

16 Aug 2010 3:34pm

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

This is a beautiful dramatic and graphic find. Interesting to read about your process.
I'm don't imagine you are also lugging a tripod up and down those alleyways,
but then you wouldn't need it for the intensely close macros. Beautiful image !!

17 Aug 2010 7:14am

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Nice series Barbara. Thanks for showing the source of your abstracts. It is interesting how you isolated the detail in the previous posts. The way you framed this image makes it interesting as well.

18 Aug 2010 9:48am

1/40 second
ISO 400
57 mm (35mm equiv.)