Thursday, September 18, 2008

Creative Photo 13/Week-2 & Sky Watch

I really hope it's OK to double post LOL

I get very worried about arbitrary rules at times.

I couldn't decide which I wanted to post and they're both connected through nature so here they are.

A storm was rolling over my house on its way to the Bay.


I was hobbling around the yard shooting stuff out of boredom and frustration. I cropped this one and sharpened it a bit. I wish I had realized what I had, I would have taken the leaves out of the stump. They take away from this looking (to me) like another planet.

UPDATE: I tried recreating the shot this morning, same time as when I originally took it, same weather, same light. It didn't happen. The blue is not there. The ridges don't look as pronounced. It just didn't happen. Which has made this shot more special to me. I have decided another world does indeed exist in my yard. My sweet girls Knight & Jo will know what this means. Jo - the portal is clearly open. Knight - just take the railroad, you're closer. I'll pick you up at the station!



HAPPY SKY WATCH All
and
Hey! BE CREATIVE .

83 comments:

Patti said...

Woo hoo! first first first

(Sorry, but I was 73rd on the last post for Ruby Tuesday)

I love the storm clouds shot. The stump does look like a planet, or maybe an aerial view of a crater.

Linda Reeder said...

A wise man once said "Know what the rules are, so you know best how to break them". Well done.

bobbie said...

Not many arbitrary rules here. Lots of people post two or more pictures. They did print rules at the beginning of this week's Sky Watch.

Your photos are great. Those are some mean looking storm clouds!

Ramblings of a Villas Girl said...

Hi Dianne! Hey rules were made to be broken. Very interesting sky. I love it. Lisa

Abraham Lincoln said...

It took me a bit to realize what this bottom photo is. I read your post and looked and looked. I think what threw me was the stump looks like it has been painted a blue color. Surprises never cease in photography.

My SkyWatch Friday photos are on my Canon Pixels Blog.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

You never know when a great photo might happen...so shoot away! LOL
Happy Sky Watch!

Mahala said...

I like that second one alot. Pretty awesome :)

Hildegarde said...

A great sky (I hope the storm wasn't too bad) and a creative shot (boredom is often useful to come to something creative ;-), I hadn't seen it was a stump.

babooshka said...

You double yp as much as you like if you are going to be this creative. Marvellous shots.

CrystalChick said...

Both really neat photos!!!
Great job.

Bear Naked said...

Love love love that second photo.

Bear((( )))

meno said...

It took me a few moments of looking at the stump photo before my brain could tell me what it was. Very cool!

Larry D said...

Great photos, both.

Jay said...

I agree with Patti. That stump looks like the pic was taken from outer space. Very cool!

Ralph said...

In the sky shot, the shape of the clouds looks like the cloud is close to devouring the remaining blue sky...like the upper and lower jaws are that well defined. I see different things in the clouds...the interpretation of cloud formations differs so widely among us.

And it is a beautiful sky, even if stormy weather is on the way. Nice!

Dianne said...

patti - you make me laugh!! yes a crater, I think that's what I meant when I said planet LOL

linda - that's a great quote ;)

bobbie - I read them, they didn't say no combined posts - I'll have to find a new rule to break.
Did you hear about the huge lightening stikes in Colts Neck, I guess a month ago - these clouds are from that storm.

lisa - that's what I say! :)

abraham lincoln - after I saw the blue I went back to check out the stump. It's a bit green mossy and slimy but not blue. I think it was the light reflecting from the pool.

eg tour guide - that's my motto too :)

mahala - thanks! my own personal crater

hildegarde - storm passed right over us. :)

babooshka - thanks!! cool thing to say.

crystalchick - thanks :)

bear - it just happened! lol

meno - thanks! that's what I love about it, makes people ask what the hell is it :)

thanks larry d :)

jay - I know! I have no idea how I did it lol

ralph - that's what my son said! he pointed that out while I was shooting in the opposite direction :)

ellen b said...

Beautiful sky and great shot of the stump :0)

nina said...

It took a while for me to figure out what I was seeing in the 2nd shot.
Very cool stump.
Tho, I like the clouds that part to let the sun shine.

shutterhappyjenn said...

Great shots! the clouds are slowly eating up the skies! =)

My SWF pictures are here and here. Happy weekends!

Scotty Graham said...

rules? what rules? You are free to do whatever you please, Dianne! Lets make that a rule. Great sky shot...!! and the wood looks very bizzare...

Cheers,

Scotty

Tink *~*~* said...

Second photo, I had to read what you'd written to see that it was a stump; it seemed sort of planetary to me, too. Oh, and I LOVE the Fork Goddess photo. Cracks me up - she da bomb! :D

Tink *~*~*
My Mobile Adventures *~*~*

Raven said...

Beautiful sky, the stump is fascinating and very cool. Glad you are able to move around more. Have been meaning to ask how your leg is doing.

Dianne said...

thanks ellen!

nina - that's what I love about the 2nd shot! I didn't even know what I captured at first :)

shutterhappy - that storm was relentless!

scotty - thanks!! I like that rule LOL
bizarre wood - that will be its title :)

tink - I LOVE my fork goddess :) thanks!!

raven - I'm OK for small trips LOL
and I can drive, I just can't get out once I get there !! OY!

napaboaniya said...

Evidence of a storm brewing capture. Nice one!

Pearl Maple said...

Cool photos, you never know when great photos are going to happen, that is part of the fun of sky watch friday is keeping your eyes open all the time, that and sharing your finds with everyone.

Thanks for your kind comments on my post earlier.

Norm said...

nice capture! what a beautiful sky. Thanks for sharing..

Louise said...

Magnificent sky! And the leaves in the stump don't bother me at all.

Carletta said...

I love the cloud shape!
Another planet indeed - an exploding star maybe - what a great capture.
Glad to hear you were out in the yard.

Fish Whisperer said...

Great storm cloud and the stump stumped me for a minute. Have a great weekend.
Cheers

Michelle's Rambling Woods said...

Dianne..I hope you are coping Ok with your injury..I guess hobbling is the right word..Interesting second photo...

SnoopMurph said...

I actually stopped reading your post to see if I could guess what the second picture was-I thought it was aerial shot of something on the ground, but tree stump didn't come to mind. I love those photos that make you think!

Hope you are doing well! How is the foot these days?? Still hobbling about, I see.

Bobbie in Hawaii said...

I like both of these photos, but for different reasons. It's good NOT to be locked into just one style or type of subject matter.

ilanadavita said...

Nice shots.

antigoni said...

Very nice pictures.

Reb said...

Your cloud photo is wonderful, but I really like the stump. Planet worked, crater from outer space, it looks very cool.

MEDITERRANEAN KIWI said...

be creative - and you are
love the tree trunk

Aileni said...

I confess that second shot stumped me.

RuneE said...

Very special

vincibene said...

Beautiful pictures!

Pernille's ting og tang said...

Very nice shots:)

me ann my camera said...

Love the sky, the darker areas remind me of a watercolour wash.

Leora said...

I am staring at your stump. I guess one doesn't often see stumps on photo blogs. Interesting subject matter!

And your sky post looks like it is going to eat us up the way those clouds are rolling along.

Hyde DP said...

I love those leaves in the bottom of the stump.

Eddie D. said...

Very nice sky, Dianne...It looks ready to eat the ground up.

the walking man said...

Until I read what you said about #2 being a stump I thought it a satellite shot of some unknown (to me) earth terrain.

Neal said...

Very nice. I had to look at the second one for a while before I could figure out what it was.

Dianne said...

napaboaniya - it turned into one hell of a storm too :) thanks

pearl - this is only my 2nd SW. I love sharing the photos, SW folks are so friendly :)

norm - thank you!!

louise - I just think the leaves take away from it looking other wordly lol
I tried recreating the shot, didn't happen - I find that wonderfully odd.

carletta - thanks!! my cane is my new best friend although it makes it hard to shoot the camera, lots of leaning going on :)

fish whisperer - what a great name!! and "stump stumped me" LOL
you have a way with words.

michelle (rambling) - I have taken walking like a drunken sailor to a new height lol

Dianne said...

snoop - I love mystery shots as well. this one is a mystery even to me.

bobbie in hawaii - a photography teacher once told me my shots looked like the work of 5 different people. I thought it was a criticism but he said it was a compliment lol

ilanadavita - thanks :)

antigoni - glad you like them!

reb - I like the stump a lot too! I have no idea how it came to be.

medi kiwi - thanks!! I really appreciate that.

aileni - I stumped even you! cool!!

runee - thanks :)

vincibene - thank you

pernille - thank you :)

me ann - the darker areas are prettier to me too, the storm clouds were determined to take over.

leora - I'm bringing stump photography back!! lol
the clouds reminded me a bit of a scary movie.

hyde - thank you!! 1 vote for the leaves!! you're very kind.

eddie - it did look ominous, a bit like War of the Worlds only Tom Cruise was missing.

mark - COOL!! that is what I thought I had captured. Perhaps there is an other world going on in my yard.

neal - thank you for trying to figure it out :)

jennifer said...

Those are not leaves! They are the dried up husks of alien bodies (may they rest in Nanoo nanoo peace).

When you were describing fixing the shot and not knowing what you had, I was still looking at the sky pic. I started trying to find "what you had" in the sky... desperately looking for the cloud animals or something.

Yeah, I am going to go find a highly caffeinated beverage now.

Have a great weekend.

marina said...

Your photo is my sky right now!!! Huge rain is coming in the next hours...

Craver Vii said...

Thanks for your visit. I like both of these. The heavy clouds with their promise of that wonderful wet stuff, and the tree stump. I had to study that pic for a while, because I didn't figure it out at first. Gee, you made me think this morning... thanks!

Tanya said...

Incredible! No rules, just shoot! Happy Skywatch :)

Dianne said...

jennifer - I LOVE the way you think! Nanoo Nanoo Peace is fitting.
have a great weekend too! :)

marina - it's beautiful isn't it, make sure to take some shots before the deluge and then stay dry and safe

craver - first thing in the morning thinking! Oh No!! I'm sorry lol
Your blog is so much fun, one of my favorite SW finds.

tanya - thanks!! I was concerned about posting 2 projects at once but the stump shot appears to be a hit :)

Denise said...

You think outside the box, I love that in a person. And great photos. The sky was a beauty but your log was so creative. It took me a couple of looks to try and figure out what it was then I read your post. Lesson learned, read first - lol. It takes me a while to stop putting that square peg in the round hole :)))

Farmer*swife said...

The sky is beautiful! I love sunsets, sunrises, and clouds! Your's looks to have a silver lining inside! Pretty!!!

And, the tree stump? If that is what it is? Looks like you could journey to the center of the earth through it. Or, as if there is another life form and world living with in (guess I watch too many kid videos).

Happy Friday!

Mary said...

It's a great shot and does seem a bit other worldly.

Reader Wil said...

You are extremely creative! And I notice that you are interested in the same issues I am. Thanks for your visit. Have a great weekend.

Spartacus said...

I only look up at the sky when Superman's flying by. Otherwise, it's eyes front. heh heh.

Nice shots. I really liked the second one.

Daryl said...

Rules? We dont need no stinkin' rules ... sssssssssh ...


:-Daryl

Pinoy in Terrace, BC said...

thanks for dropping by my skywatch.

too bad those wires are in the way. :)

Dianne said...

denise - thanks!! I have a grand old time outside the box and love it when folks notice lol
I always look first and then read, more surprises that way ;)


farmers wife - me and knight and jo have been joking about portals and other worlds - obviously you see it too lol
join us ;)

mary - thanks, other worlds seem preferable these days.

reader wil - thank you. I'll be back to visit before the next SW :)

spartacus - I never see Superman anymore, I think he gave up on NJ lol

daryl - I don't know what happens but every now and then I fall back to my Catholic School days - must be afraid, must be worried, certainly I've done something wrong
OY!

pinoy - NJ is one massive collection of overhead wires!! I have learned to just incorporate them.

tt said...

Ok...I got confused at first about the planet talk....then I scrolled down.
Holy shit!! that is one of the greatest photos I've seen. Srsly!!!
I'm thinking that should be framed.

and keep breaking those rules gal...that's what they're for don't cha know!!

Cheers!

Lapa37 said...

Great pictures the first one looks a bit scary.Thanks for coming by my site.

Reluctantfarmchik said...

Very nice - I love that I don't ever see the same sky twice. The changing of it is what make SWF work!

BABYLONEZOO said...

j'adore la deuxième photos

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

FABULOUS Shot, Dianne....! It still look like another plant, even with the leaves....!

Bond said...

WAY COOL DIANNE

I love the sky shot and the stump...it is another world...


I combined Ruby Tuesday and Creative Photo using the same picture...the hell with the rules!

Jules said...

I saw the picture before I read your comments and i really had no idea what it was. it is a real optical illusion - it took a while for me to see the stump - very clever - I liked it alot!!!!

The Birdlady said...

Very nice work, Dianne. hanks for stopping by wingsnthings.

Dianne said...

tt - I LOVE you! that's all I need to say ;)

lapa37 - it was a scary storm. thanks for your visit too!

reluctant - I know what you mean :)

babylonezoo - I'm learning French from your comments :)
thank you. your shots are amazing!!

oldoldlady of the hills - I've learned to live with the leaves LOL
thanks

bond - you did! didn't do!! that great traffic officer shot. I'm lovin the stump more and more

jules - thanks!! I still don't know how I did it LOL

Cheesy said...

Love the stump! Would make a faboo feeder! Thanks for stoping in and remembering my birthday hugs [[ di ]]]

Kim said...

It took me awhile to figure out that it was a stump :) Very creative shot.

Dianne said...

birdlady - thanks! :)

cheesy - we have another stump that we use to feed the squirrels!!
Have a great Birthday!!

kim - thanks for checking it out :)

Gattina said...

The sky is very special and I like the leaves on the left side it gives the picture something special.
Your last picture must be a trunk ?

Roger said...

Nice combo Di! You hot multitask'er! :D

Angie said...

Both these pictures are good but I really like the second one,it is the sort of picture where you can let your imagination run riot!

Bob Johnson said...

Wow, love the tree stump?, I like how you look at things differently,nice shot.

Dianne said...

gattina - thanks for mentioning the bit of tree, I like it too :)

roger - thanks, you silver tongued charmer ;)

angie - I'm so glad you think that!! I love riotous imagination!!

bob - appreciate that, thanks!! the stump is becoming a favorite of mine :)

Kimmie said...

Great shots Dianne! Love the tree stump and the sky is awesome!

Hugs,
Kimmie

Dianne said...

kimmie - thanks :)
the tree stump is like a one in a million years photo op lol

Hilary said...

Both wonderful shots, but that stump.. very cool! It looks like little train tracks surrounding it

Dianne said...

hilary - you've given me another view of the stump! it is a tiny railroad town in my yard :)

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