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Today (19 April 2014) I had the most fun I’ve enjoyed with my camera in a long time. I broke “rules” gleefully and amazed myself more than once. I played in the way that children do – for no reason and every reason, with play itself the object. The inspiration for all this play and experimentation was that I had just read a new eBook, The Visual Imagination, by one of my favorite photographic authors, David duChemin.

I have read a lot of David’s work, and I love that he cares about vision and expression above all and doesn’t give a hoot what kind of gear you use. To my way of thinking, he has his priorities straight. :) A link to the eBook, in case you are interested (I have no affiliation and do not receive anything if you decide to buy a book). (Olympus E-5 & Zuiko 50mm macro, f/22, 0.6 min., ISO 100, open shade with some backlight, handheld, camera moved intentionally during exposure, no crop and bare minimum of post-processing)

Dedicated to David duChemin, an inspirational photographer who has his priorities straight: vision and creativity are more important than camera gear.

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  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...8 months ago

    Today (19 April 2014) I had the most fun I’ve enjoyed with my camera in a long time. I broke “rules” gleefully and amazed myself more than once. I played in the way that children do – for no reason and every reason, with play itself the object. The inspiration for all this play and experimentation was that I had just read a new eBook, The Visual Imagination, by one of my favorite photographic authors, David duChemin.

    I have read a lot of David’s work, and I love that he cares about vision and expression above all and doesn’t give a hoot what kind of gear you use. To my way of thinking, he has his priorities straight. :) A link to the eBook, in case you are interested (I have no affiliation and do not receive anything if you decide to buy a book).

  • Ellanita
    Ellanita8 months ago

    Well done Celeste…this is beautiful…thanks for the link….x

  • Thank you, Ellanita! I had no idea how my RB contacts might react to this image – so glad you like it!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • KatMagic Photography
    KatMagic Photo...8 months ago

    Striking! Good to try new things, isn’t it? I downloaded his book a couple of night ago but have not yet had an opportunity to even look at it. Like you, I admire his work. He has has some fabulous Lightroom presets, if you use LR – do you? The combination of colors and the movement in this photo really holds the eye, Celeste, and you clearly had a relaxing and fun time!

  • Thank you, Katherine! David’s books are very inspirational, this one especially so. I went out intending to try some camera movement suggestions, and the bold shapes and colors of flowers in a large thicket of birds of paradise seemed to work well with camera movement. It was definitely a lot of fun. :) I don’t use LR. I’ve used Photoshop for so many years that I know my way around in it and can do nearly anything I want or need to do.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Bette Devine
    Bette Devine8 months ago

    I like it! Very much.Did it begin life on earth as a bird of paradise? Very apt title, if so:)

  • Thank you, Bette. It means a lot to me that you like it. :) And yes, it is a bird of paradise.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Alison Gilbert
    Alison Gilbert8 months ago

    How great to see this bird of paradise and you take flight! Isn’t it the best fun to break the art rules and just play!! Love to see this beautifully expressed here!

  • Alison, I knew you would understand the value of this kind of play. :) Being around you and other RB artists has made me a little bolder and more willing to experiment, and David’s book was very encouraging. Thank you so much!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Susan Werby
    Susan Werby8 months ago

    Satiny colors and playful lighting, Celeste…I love the description of how you evolved… Happy Easter!!

  • Thank you, Susan! It was an exhilarating experience to play with colors and light and movement. I will be doing more. :)

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • BGSPhoto
    BGSPhoto8 months ago

    Celeste, what a fabulous work of art. You should be very proud of this.
    Bob

  • Bob, thank you so much for that ringing endorsement. I am very happy with this one and will be doing more.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • vigor
    vigor8 months ago

    This turned out beautiful. When I experiment it’s purely for fun as I haven’t got the foggiest idea of what I am doing or even trying to do, but if I like it then I enjoy working on it, no rhyme or reason behind any of it. This looks like a flower but I love the title to this, it’s very freeing!

  • Fun and experimentation are very good for us. :) Thank you for the great comment, Vivian. And yes, it is a flower – a bird of paradise.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Photography  by Mathilde
    Photography b...8 months ago

    Wonderful title that describe this work perfectly – such freedom of vision and feeling which is almost tangible – please continue to experiment, Celeste :)

  • Thank you very much, Mattie! The title pretty much wrote itself, as it came out of the feelings I experienced while experimenting.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • trueblvr
    trueblvr8 months ago

    wow Celeste…this is so cool. I thought of a Bird Of Paradise.

  • Thank you so much! It is a bird of paradise – or at least it started out as one. :)

    – Celeste Mookherjee

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