Imagination Fabrication

Orchid Bokeh

You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.
~Mark Twain~

It's been a long time since I shared a before and after shot.
I liked the SOC shot, but I didn't think it was anything special.
However, when I came across the photo later,
I decided to mess with it in photoshop.
Here is the original shot, below.
Click to enlarge.

SOC Orchid

Re-watching the movie "The Prestige" could have very well put
this thought in my head, but when I looked at these two shots
side-by-side, I thought, "Sometimes, you have to make
your own magic!"

Anyone have anything exciting brewing right now?
Please share :)


  1. I love that you made your own magic with that shot. And magic it certainly is! Gorgeous.
    The final presidential debate is brewing. May they both get down to business and answer the questions!

  2. We did some yard cleaning last week and pulled down some of our gorgeous blue morning glory vines. We tossed them in the compost heap as usual.
    Was I ever surprised a few days ago when I took some branches to throw away. The Morning glorys are blooming. They've taken root again.

  3. I am going on a long weekend away in 3 weekend’s time. I am off to Tassie (Tasmania) I got cheap flights and taking the kids and my mum. So hopeful I will get some good photos of bottom part of my country to share with you.

    I am looking forward to taking a break for a few days.

    The photo looks great. Sometimes all you need is an idea to create a great result. knowing what you want to create is what I find the hardest part of the process.

  4. those were GREAT! I LOVED the first shot. It caught my eye as soon as I opened your page.

    I am going to my daughter's last home field hockey game tonight (for the year.) It will be a great game!

  5. ooh I *love* that movie! Christian Bale, marry me! LOL

    I also love the post-processing you do on your photos, it makes the beautiful look stupendous. I could gaze at that flower shot all day long.

    hmm brewing... hopefully a trip to the botanical gardens this weekend for the chinese lanterns, as we did not make it yet. Crossing fingers for no rain.

  6. I like the original too. It's softer.

    But yes, sometimes you do have to cater to your imagination by whatever means necessary. ;D

  7. The texture of that flower is amazing!

  8. I love seeing the before and after of images - I love the results!

  9. great photo and wonderful enhancement.
    excitment brewing: i was accepted in to the I.C.E. festival in atlanta and will be selling along with my daughter. She always been the one to participate in festivals, but this year I'm joining her. : )

  10. I don't know if I'd put it in the "exciting" column, but I'm going to be photographing a wedding on October 25th. It's going to be a late-afternoon, small family wedding. I'm friends with the groom's sister and had photographed his niece's quinceaƱera (15th birthday party). These things always make me nervous, but they do help boost my confidence in weird ways.

  11. You know who's also magic?

    Christian Bale.

    He was in The Prestige, right? Or was he in that OTHER antiquated magician movie that randomly came out at the same time?

  12. J: Yeah it was Christian Bale, and I totally agree with you, he's magic. He is, without question my most favorite male actor.

    Oh and the other movie was The Illusionist with Edward Norton. I love magic movies!

  13. gorgeous!

    i enjoyed your comment on shutter sisters today. i'm sorry you lost one great love, but am very happy you've found another.

  14. that is magical!

    I am taking a Reiki II class this weekend and am very excited to see what effect the second attunement will have. :-)

  15. That is a beautiful photo. I just wanted to say that I read your story on Shutter Sisters about how you got into photography, and it's so inspiring! Good luck to you!

  16. How beautiful! And your words are great.

  17. WOW! Your photos are amazing. Very inspiring and makes me want to go out and shoot something!


  18. I love this Mark Twain quote … and your before and after images are wonderful … especially since I’ve been learning about PSE6 and playing with photos myself for several months. Thanks for sharing.
    Hugs and blessings,

  19. Delightful photos and posts on your blog, really enjoyed visiting your space today.

    Thank you for sharing your lovely photos and your kind comments on my blog earlier.

  20. I can't get over your photos. Too, too wonderful. Who would have thought a marigold could be so gorgeous?