Fallen hibiscus


Hibiscus flower. Image: Su Leslie 2019

I found this on the ground; pulled off by accident before it was fully opened. I’ve played a bit with the sharpness and contrast and added a filter or two for fun.


Rainy-day pattern making


It’s too wet and cold to go out today, so I’ve been amusing myself with some photo-editing toys to create kaleidoscopic and fractal patterns.

I love the simplicity of kaleidoscopes, using mirrors to create a seemingly infinite number of possible patterns from whatever objects are placed inside them.

I’m not even going to try and understand the maths that replicates those mirrors in software, nor that which creates fractals.

According to Wikipedia, in mathematics, a fractal is a subset of a Euclidean space for which the Hausdorff dimension strictly exceeds the topological dimension.

Luckily, the Fractal Foundation has a definition for the more mathematically challenged:

A fractal is a never-ending pattern … They are created by repeating a simple process over and over in an ongoing feedback loop.

Posted to the Ragtag Daily Prompt | patterns

DP Photo Challenge: experimental

Awhitu Central Church, Awhitu Peninsula, NZ. Colour image, edited with soft-focus. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Awhitu Central Church, Awhitu Peninsula, NZ. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Experiment: A scientific procedure undertaken to make a discovery, test a hypothesis, or demonstrate a known fact.

There are lots of way to experiment in photography; many in-camera (aperture, shutter speed, etc) and many more in post-processing (everything from cropping to applying filters).

Most of the time, most of us would probably say we experiment to make a “better” photograph. This of course raises the question of what makes one image better than another. Much of it is technical stuff: is it in focus? Grainy? Blurry? Have we managed not to cut granny off at the neck? Is the horizon actually horizontal?

But beyond that, how do we feel about an image? What emotion does it evoke? What story does it tell — about the subject? About the photographer?

Photography is a language which — whether we realise it or not — we are all quite adept at reading. Constant exposure to professionally produced photographic images (still and moving) in newspapers, magazine editorial, advertising, TV shows and movies — and more recently social media — has developed our photographic literacy.

So my experiment for the Daily Post’s Experimental Photo Challenge is to take a single image and create multiple edits. Do these differences in editing affect how you read the image?

You tell me?