“Oh wow, that’s so surreal man.”
How often did I utter that in another time, in another life, in another reality. Times when I dabbled in herbal, uhh, curatives. Times when I was probably listening to The Jefferson Airplane.
“ When the men on the chessboard
Get up and tell you where to go..”
Hey man, the chessboard. so surreal?
Now that I’m a bit too old and wise for that sort of activity I like to find my surrealism through other avenues.
And so last Saturday I was browsing the photography sites and found Tracy’s, Reflections of an Untidy Mind (Great title. Wish I’d thought of it).
Tracy is the host this week of the Lens Artists Photo Challenge and she chose the topic surreal. My first reaction was, “I don’t think I’ve got anything to fit that topic.”
After a little browsing through the archives and some noodling around with Photoshop I stumbled onto a few possibilities.
Can anyone guess what the banner photo is an image of? (Answer at the end of this post).
Photoshop has an editing feature called HDR (High Dynamic Range) toning. I’m not going to go into the nuts and bolts of it because, well, I’m only slightly versed in a few of the nuts and none of the bolts.
Conveniently enough though, the HDR menu contains a selection called surreal, which I used to edit a photo of a daisy.
More browsing through the archives brought me to photos of Yellowstone National Park where Mother Nature is the surrealist.
Below is an image of dazzling Morning Glory Pool.
The geothermal areas of Yellowstone are home to organisms called thermophiles, bacteria which thrive in the superheated waters and produce brilliant colors and striking patterns. When I first saw these colonies during our visit, the notion of modern art came immediately to mind.
To learn more about the life and times of thermophiles follow the link.
For me the most striking of the geothermal areas in Yellowstone is Mammoth Hot Springs, an area of travertine terraces that appears otherworldly. (Wikipedia, that world’s greatest authority has an article, link here, on the science of Mammoth).
The photos below are of Mammoth. I edited them in Lightroom using the Adobe Landscape profile and then finished using the texture, clarity and dehaze effects.
And finally the answer to the question. What is pictured in that banner photo?
My wife Cora guessed a milk drink in a blender. Wrong!
The banner image is of a rose which I edited using a twist filter in Photoshop.
To see Tracy’s take on surrealism visit her site, Reflections of an Untidy Mind. In her comments section you’ll find links to other photo visions of surrealistic photography.