At first glance, you might just see two simple leaves. That’s what I saw at first and grabbed this shot inspired by the photographer I mentioned yesterday. However, as I converted to black and white and enhanced the image, I began to study the image, to see beyond the basic.
Details: The veins in the leaves are so intricate and clearly defined, not unlike our fingerprints. I’ll bet no two leaves have the same design. It’s incredible to think about all the leaves in the world with their own signature set of markings.
Flaws: Did you notice the clipped top edge of the leaf of the left or the holes in the leaf on the right? Both have their own flaws, but they are tied together, “married” together, if you will. Not unlike our marriages today, two flawed individuals hanging on to each other and working things out the best we can.
Perspective: The longer I looked at each leaf as an individual, the more I began to see other shapes and images within the leaf. On the left, I began to see the shell of a turtle. The right became a fish, not unlike Dory in Finding Nemo. Take a look, spend some time studying the image and tell me what you start to see.
This simple activity of slowing down, processing what I was seeing (literally and figuratively), and allowing myself to look deeper than the superficial was transforming…for myself and the image. I wonder how often I miss transformation in my life and outlook because I fail to slow down, process, and see beyond the ordinary. I just wonder.
Manual: Page 20—Digital Vari-Programs. Quite a bit of range in the programs and what they do, but I must admit I love the control of manual.
Images: Our fellow 365-er Pat Offord created a new Flickr gallery of nature images he found. They are inspiring. Didn’t even know you could create your own gallery like that. Check it out and while you’re there go ahead and join our group too!