Do You Get the Picture?

The hibiscus bushes on our yard are churning out shining miracles for my appreciative eyes, so I captured a few blooms with my little Pentax.

Hibiscus flower 1
Hibiscus flower 1

Real photographers would shake their heads, in puzzlement, if they deigned to watch one of my photography sprees: I can’t even see what I am taking half the time. I notice a composition I would enjoy capturing, but the sun shines on the screen in such a way that it is impossible to view.

I have become aware that, with a camera such as mine, the LCD screen is really only for show. It cannot be relied upon. Perversely, I cannot accuse it of malfunctioning (a picture is being taken), but it is anyone’s guess if the camera is actually shooting what I want it to because the screen cannot be seen.

Rather than risk high blood pressure, I have intentionally adopted a Zen attitude about photography and decided to just accept whatever images I do acquire. Admittedly, with a digital camera, I can afford my laissez-faire attitude because I can flood the camera’s tiny disk with a zillion near misses in order to get one bull’s eye. It’s akin to the way sperm operate. If you wonder how I made that leap, let me elaborate. I see, I want, I attempt to have what I conceived as the object of my desire. But because of the situation outlined above, consummation does not take place. My desire is thwarted, unrequited.

Hibiscus flower 2

Nevertheless, I do not succumb to despair. If I cannot be a really good photographer (and so far, thankfully, that urge has not landed on my list or, perhaps, even on my skill set), then I will simply snap happily, oblivious to derision. And like the poor fighter who becomes an excellent runner, I focus my attention on the challenge of transforming my photos on the computer.

I am building up a dizzyingly large data base of images that work for me, to incorporate into my collage paintings and paper quilts.

It’s all part of the realization that I don’t have to do everything. More accurately, I can’t. I want to bestow my energy on activities that matter to me: like making art. My way.

I’m sure you get the picture (oh fortunate one, with an SLR camera).

Hibiscus Mandala ~ by Carol Wiebe

Hibiscus Mandala ~ by Carol Wiebe


About CarolWiebe

Art entices, inspires, and delights me. Art is a vehicle for laughter, tears, wonder, enlightenment--taking me on a constant path of discovery. You can't say that about housework (except, perhaps, for the crying part).
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6 Responses to Do You Get the Picture?

  1. Flora says:

    Carol, I TOTALLY agree with you about the digital camera. It’s great to be able to snap lots of photos, hoping that one will have just the right lighting and composition. I still find it hard to delete as many as I should and I have literally thousands of photos on my harddrive and most of them aren’t tagged!
    Once again, I love what you did with the photograph and although I understand how you managed to duplicate the bloom, I don’t know how you did the background.
    It’s really neat….reminds me of 60’s art.
    Keep up the great blog!

  2. Carol Wiebe says:

    Flora, you just come over to visit and I’ll show you all I know about Photoshop Elements (I’ll provide room and board as well!)

    My hard drive is dragging its feet as well: what a heavy load!
    I am planning to put everything in Filemaker Pro. I know there are all kinds of Photo Storage programs, but I love and know Filemaker Pro.

  3. Kylie says:

    That’s a great attitude. I love digital for the same reason. That is a gorgeous peice of art by the way. You’re welcome to come and teach me all you know about Elements.

  4. carolwiebe says:

    Flora and Kylie: I’m glad you like it!

  5. Flora says:

    Carol, I don’t know if it is a result of this post or not ;-) but I just had to order an external harddrive from the apple store because my computer suddenly only has 5 gig left and was telling me so too!
    I deleted lots of photos, but it ain’t easy!
    I was tempted to buy the elements software too, but I’m saving it until the studio is actually set up!
    I love your blog and your work!

  6. carolwiebe says:

    Flora, we just bought a new external drive as well (a terrabyte!)! We will have to form a support group for those who have issues in regards to dealing with their digital images.

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