The "art" thing has been a bit off of late. It happens. It's disconcerting. But I know it won't last. I just keep slogging along and eventually something will click.
And that's what happened here. A slog. But no click (alas).
From the mid-80s, when I became involved in photography, I worked full-time at a variety of jobs. Jobs specifically selected so that I could leave the work at the office and come home to do what I really loved.
So I would get up early, work on photography/writing, go to my job, come home and work some more on photography.
The up-early habit has stuck. I've made it my time to experiment, to work on photos, and just see what happens.
This is what happened this morning and it has potential, but the heron just isn't sharp enough. Even when giving it a sort of painterly look, it's not cutting it. There's an annoying shadow across his tail. And he doesn't really fill the frame.
I photographed him in Florida, many years ago, and so I like the colors in the top image, which give it a subtle Florida vibe. But then I also like the subdued browns, beiges, and greys in the second version.
The picture looks okay seen small like this, but when I blow it up to 100%, nope, the lack of sharpness ruins everything.
This is what I mean about "slogging along." It's fun, I'm learning things, but there's no click here. Not yet.
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