dbrondeau Enclosed and Associated Unintentionally No.4

Of course, the problem with categories is that it makes us see things within stark boundaries. In or out. Us or them. Black or white. In reality the world isn't like that. Sometimes things are both in and out.

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dbrondeau Enclosed and Associated Unintentionally No.3

Comparing things and categorizing them is something we do innately. It is built into the way we think about things and even in the way we see things. If you take any random objects and place them together—in a box, in a pile, or just draw a line around them—we immediately try to figure out how they are alike. We strive to find their similarities.
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dbrondeau Enclosed and Associated Unintentionally No.2

We're human. We group things and categorize them. We can't really help it. We understand things by associating, contrasting, and comparing them. Luckily for us, it allows us to do more than understand new things we encounter in the world. It helps us see the world in entirely new ways. It gives us almost magical powers of insight. Think about it. We can take completely disparate observations about the world and group them together in ways that completely change our thinking and our understanding.
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1mon

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dbrondeau Yes, I still have more photos from Diana's Bath's, near North Conway, NH. The main difference in this set of photos is that they'll all be in color. They're the ones that just didn't work well in B&W. .
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Enclosed and Associated Unintentionally No.1

As humans, we have a tendency to categorize everything. We take all the items that are similar—in some way—and put them into the same pool. Of course, this can be quite helpful because it allows us to quickly understand new things we encounter in the world. But it can also be quite detrimental, especially when we aren't aware that we're categorizing. What things do you put into a category without realizing it? People? Places? Experiences?

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1mon

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dbrondeau Feeling the World

Day 5 of 5 for the B&W challenge (again). Each day for 5 days you post a B&W photo and invite someone else to do the same. I was tagged this time by the very talented @mmckennedy. Today, I invite @littleredbirdy to participate.
Go outside. Leave the comfort of your home. Step outside of the protection offered by four walls and a roof. Why? Because you can't feel the world from inside.
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dbrondeau A Beautiful Rush
Day 4 of 5 for the B&W challenge (again). Each day for 5 days you post a B&W photo and invite someone else to do the same. I was tagged this time by the very talented @mmckennedy. Today, I invite @pinotdog to participate.
I think water is taken for granted. Perhaps it would be more accurate to say that the beauty and form of water is taken for granted. What else can take so many shapes, appear in so many forms, range in scale from a droplet to an ocean, be calming and terrifying, support life yet also take it away, and come in so many different colors? What else can be so mundane and boring one day and so breathtakingly beautiful the next?
Apps used: #Snapseed #645Pro #Camera+
2mon

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dbrondeau Adjustments to Scale

Day 3 of 5 for the B&W challenge (again). Each day for 5 days you post a B&W photo and invite someone else to do the same. I was tagged this time by the very talented @mmckennedy. Today I nominate @singing171.

What is it about waterfalls that make them so enthralling and captivating? We see water every day. It falls from the sky and flows from our faucets. Really, what's the big deal? I think it's because we sometimes want to be reminded of our place, of our scale in nature. And a waterfall does that—beautifully.
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2mon

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dbrondeau Seeking Wonder

Day 2 of 5 for the B&W challenge (again). Each day for 5 days you post a B&W photo and invite someone else to do the same. I was tagged this time by the very talented @mmckennedy. Today I nominate @intuitivegarden. Because I would love to see what she does with B&W! So much of life is ordinary. So much is mundane. Most of it marked by the same routine—over and over and over. Sometimes we need to see something, feel something, experience something that is *new*. But beware, the "something" is not what matters. What we seek, indeed, what we need, is the *feeling* of new—the *feeling* of wonder.

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2mon

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dbrondeau The Question Is Not Whether to Flow... Day 1 of 5 for the B&W challenge (again). Each day for 5 days you have to post a B&W photo and invite someone else to participate. I was tagged this time by my cousin, a great photographer, @mmckennedy.
Too often in life we try to control the path our life takes. We imagine that walls and barriers can be erected to guide exactly where our lives will go. The more it deviates from that path and the more it flows over the banks and finds gaps to flow through, the more we focus our efforts on blocking those gaps and stopping it. We see only the breaks and the leaks. We focus on stopping all diversions. We stop seeing our life.

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2mon

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dbrondeau Inseparable or Indistinguishable?
Everything that grows cannot exist alone. Each life must grow next to another, inside another, or around another. Each dependent in some way on other life. Separate but connected. Individual and groups. Us and them. Is there a difference between inseparable and indistinguishable?

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2mon

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dbrondeau Graceful Fury
Day 5 of 5 for the B&W challenge. Each day for 5 days you have to post a B&W photo and nominate someone else to do the challenge. Today I nominate @picobogue.
Beautiful in every sense of the word. But not dainty. Not frail. Water and gravity are conspiring to fool us. We are lulled by the beauty of the waterfall. We stand transfixed. We ignore its deafening roar and pay no heed to how it slices into solid stone. We forget. Yes, we forget that something so beautiful, yet so weak and shapeless in most circumstances, can still be capable of such great force and fury.
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2mon

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dbrondeau Relentless Grasp

Day 4 of 5 for the B&W challenge. Each day for 5 days you have to post a B&W photo and nominate someone else to do the challenge. Today I nominate @lmunjone
Nature is slow and patient. It seeks and searches for niches and opportunities. Everywhere. It has no preconceptions and no delusions. It doesn't need to convince itself of anything. It's slow grasp is inevitable.
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2mon

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dbrondeau Even Nature Builds Walls of Stone

Day 3 of 5 for the B&W challenge. Each day for 5 days you have to post a B&W photo and nominate someone else to do the challenge. Today I nominate @rmsherwood.
We build walls to keep things out. We convince ourselves they'll be strong enough—this time. We fool ourselves into thinking we can hold back the discomfort, pain and fear. But what if we stopped stacking stones and instead used them to divert and guide?
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2mon

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dbrondeau Wonder & Joy

Day 2 of 5 for the B&W challenge. Each day for 5 days you have to post a B&W photo and nominate someone else to do the challenge. Today I nominate @_suz4nne_.
What is it about a waterfall that fills us with such amazement and wonder? After all, they should be boring. They're just water flowing across stone. What could be more basic than that? Indeed.
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2mon

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dbrondeau The Persistence of Time

Day 1 of 5. I've been tagged by @lochthyme for the 5 day B&W challenge over on Facebook. It seems that everyone there has already done the challenge, so I'm starting it here on IG. Each day for 5 days you post a B&W photo and nominate someone else to do the challenge. Today I nominate @nomadnest.
This photo is also part of my next series—Diana's Baths, which is a great collection of small waterfalls and pools cutting through rock and surrounded by trees. It's a beautiful walk up the side of a small mountain, near North Conway, NH.
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2mon

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dbrondeau Swimming in Serenity (Summer's End)
My process: I created a texture in Decim8 from a flower photo. I ran that through Haiku to get a different color texture (no lines). Then in Union I loaded the church as a background, the swimmers as a foreground and the Haiku texture as a mask.
The blended image was exported in 2 variations and brought into Leonardo. One had more of the church visible and the other had less. I also brought the church and the Haiku texture into Leonardo.
Next, I brushed on different masks and used different blend modes to pull out the aspects of each image that I wanted to see.
3mon

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dbrondeau Interstellar Retro Sound

My last experiment with Haiku. Which one was your favorite?
3mon

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dbrondeau Steaming City Night No.1

I think I'm getting the hang of this Haiku app. What do you think?

Here's my process: I generated 4 different color only variations and one black line only version in #Haiku. Then in #Leonardo I layered them all together and duplicated the black line version and inverted it, so it would be white lines only. The color only variations were set to Multiply or Darken blend modes. The black line layer was also set to Multiply to bring out some of the lines of the buildings and the white line version was set to Color Dodge to bring out the lights. I masked out parts of both layers to highlight certain areas. Last, I put the original photo on top with a Normal blend and about 50% transparency to bring out more details.
3mon

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dbrondeau Abstractsity No.2

Yes, still more experimenting with the Haiku app.
3mon

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