Abstractions and contemplations

In the cave of fire

While getting caught up with my fellow bloggers, I came across Belen’s post, Abstract twirls.  It was timely in that I’ve been playing with fire lately, and turning it into abstract photos.  (If you didn’t click on that link and go see Belen’s abstract twirls, go do so now.  They’re beautiful.  We’ll wait for you.  I promise.)

The original photo on which "In the cave of fire" is based.

I’ve been working on my abstracts through camera movement and then playing with it in Photoshop.  But after seeing Belen’s abstracts and checking out this tutorial she linked to, I decided to take an ordinary photo and see what I could do with it.

First try

Is that cool or what?  (The rest of the photos –unless otherwise labeled — are the abstracts I worked on prior to reading the tutorial which is probably obvious, but I currently hold the title of Captain Obvious and thought I should, well, state the obvious.)


You can tell I’ve become bored with my own photography when I start looking for different approaches to post-processing.  Generally that means I also need to start looking at different approaches while using the camera.  Change my focus and perspective, so to speak.  It is easy to become bored this time of year when it appears that the color has been leached from the landscape.  The days are gray and rainy.  The brilliance of early to mid autumn has become the doldrums, the waiting for winter.  That’s not really true.  I know differently from last year’s experience of getting outside every day.  There is plenty of  beauty out there if I take the time to look for it.   I just haven’t been in the mood to look for it.  (Note:  I am still getting outside every day.  The camera, however, is not.)


Or maybe I just need a play date.  All work and no play makes for dull living, or so they say.

Fire etchings

It’s a funny thing, this abstract art.  There was a time when I didn’t like it at all.  Yet more and more lately I’ve been drawn to abstract images.  Perhaps I’m finally ready to visit the Tate Modern without acting like a teenager who has been dragged there by her parents even though I was not a teenager and I was there with my husband and youngest son.  (It’s true.  I behaved badly during my one and only visit to the Tate Modern.  I didn’t throw a tantrum or anything, but I was not appreciative or grateful to be there.)  I’d have to get to London first, of course.

A variation of Fire Etchings

I wouldn’t mind a trip to London.  A long, long time ago (okay, only 11 years ago), M and I lived in London for most of a summer.  It’s one of my favorite cities.  But I don’t see us going there anytime soon.  Then again, you never know.  Life is full of surprises.

Using the tutorial to play with fire and adding my own twist to it.

The rain continues here in the Bogs.  After starting this post earlier in the day and writing that my camera has not been going outside with me, I decided to bring it along so you could see what it’s like out there these days.

Today's glimpse of the pond

The fog rolled in just before I went out.  It’s unusual for fog to develop mid-morning.  Often we wake up to fog or go to bed as it’s flowing in over the lower parts of the landscape.  By mid-morning it has usually been burned off or blown away.

Another glimpse

I didn’t go far today.  It’s damp, chilly, and the ground is very squishy.  Boggy.  Walking at a slow pace is advised.  Otherwise, you might slip and slide on the wet leaves and the mud.

Foggy morning by the pond

The gathering of birds is still somewhere back in the woods.  Perhaps they will winter there.  They’re a chatty bunch, gossiping about the weather and what’s been happening in the woods and putting out warnings about the red-tailed hawk who is hanging out by the pond.

The ducks don’t seem to mind the fog, the dampness, or the rain that came pouring down while I was out there.  It’s a good thing I picked up a rain coat for my camera during our last travels.  It’s actually one of these.  Some hotels give them out with the shampoo and conditioner.  They are quite handy.  Not only is it good protective rain gear for the camera and useful in the shower, it can also be used as a cover for a bowl.

One last abstract

The original (used for One last abstract). They don't look anything alike, do they?

That’s it from the foggy Bogs for today.  Thanks for visiting and taking a short walk with me.  I found some abstracts in nature while I was out and about.  I’ll bring you some of those tomorrow.

47 Comments on “Abstractions and contemplations”

  1. CMSmith says:

    The abstract things are pretty cool, and tempting to try, but the natural beauty of the tree limbs are the best.

  2. I’ve been taking/showing abstracts with camera movement that come out great too. Love these shots and thanks for the link to the other ones!

  3. Eden says:

    Abstracts can be lots of fun 🙂 Love your shots of the pond from the branches! Lovely processing 🙂

  4. I LOVE your abstracts….the motion, lines, colors are just terrific…I want to learn how to do that! I’m playing a bit with motion etc in making powerpoints/videos but nothing as wonderful as in your photos… terrific!

  5. OMG–do you realize how cool the abstractions are? And that’s a massive understatement. They are stunning, and I am TOTALLY in love with them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Did I mention I LOVE THEM? I’m blown away, Robin! Totally blown away—————-

  6. Robin, those abstracts are gorgeous! The third one and the last one are my favorites. Amazing, what you can do with a photo.
    I really like the first pond photo, too.

  7. Kala says:

    I love the composition and processing of the two photos of the glimpses of the pond. And it is fun to try new challenges – the colors in that last abstract are fantastic.

  8. Kel says:

    looks like you’ve been having fun playing with light
    that fog adds a certain mysterious air to the place

  9. TBM says:

    Just so you know I think your photos are great and not boring. Saying that, I’m glad you are branching out due to boredom since the abstractions are totally cool! I hope you make it to London someday.

  10. afrankangle says:

    Oh how I love abstracts… outstanding and thanks for sending me to Belen’s post. Love it. BTW … great work at integrating other photos around your home. …. and in case I don’t return later … have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  11. Love the abstracts and thanks for the links.The foggy bog photos really grabbed my attention, though-the subtlety of the colors was exceptional.

  12. milkayphoto says:

    VERY cool technique! I played a bit with it last night and (hoepfully) a post of my own will be coming! Thanks for sharing!

  13. I came across Belen’s blog too and need to try that tutorial once I am home from Florida. Very cool, Robin.

  14. Gracie says:

    I have this on my “To Do” List for tomorrow since I’m off work for 2 days. I can’t wait!

  15. Karma says:

    Those abstracts look like fun!
    The fog adds a neat “dreaminess” to those photos. I like ’em!

  16. Derrick says:

    The fog images have a bit of impressionism in them; very nice! It’s always good to experiment with different ways of doing things. You either find something you like to do, which is always good, or you find something that you don’t like to do, and then cross that off on your list. 😉

  17. dragonfae says:

    I love fog, always have. Your first shot of the pond is absolutely gorgeous Robin! The abstracts are pretty cool, but I adore the nature shots. 😉

    Have an awesome and blessed Thanksgiving dear! *hugs*

  18. Cool abstracts and photos, Robin! I particularly like the one that seems to have writing on it. Is it really writing?

  19. nigel says:

    Love all those photos 🙂

  20. Dana says:

    Wow– these are so cool! It’s nice to mix things up every now and then, and it looks like the tutorial allowed you to do just that with your photos! Beautiful.

  21. […] saw gorgeous abstracts like this one on Robin’s blog recently, and had to try them myself. I’ve only had time for one so far, but I can’t […]

  22. Joni Beach says:

    I photographed an “abstract” Christmas tree the other night…quite by accident.. and thought the colors and movement were very interesting! Wasn’t sure about posting it, but after reading your post maybe I will…Thanks for “liking” one of my post!

  23. […] had seen both Robin and Holly trying out this form of abstract art done with Photoshop, so I decided to play too.  I […]

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