Choices and Variables – Complex or Simple – Appreciating Nature – Picture to Ponder – v7-48

by Sheila Finkelstein on December 8, 2011

Today’s Picture to Ponder post evolves around choices, accepting what is, making things complex or receiving with ease.

Given the abstraction of most of the images, I am including a Nature photo also, for those whom I assume expect to see nature photographs here.

Explanations are below the pictures.

Today’s Picture to Ponder Photos

melaleuca bark - face profile looking down

airplane wing and sky from inside airplane

2 FX Photo Studio altered iPhone view from inside an airplane
See Enlargements of above – Yellow  –  Red Orange

view from an inside an airplane altered with PS Elements

Today’s Photos Story and Description –
Not exactly related to the abstraction theme here, the top photo is a view looking up at a Melaleuca tree in San Diego. Colors, lines and patterns seemed to fit the photos below, so I’ve included it here. Aesthetically there is a visual unity.

I was particularly caught up with, and loving, the paper thin, velvety peeling bark of the tree.

The tree is also positioned such that the “goofy” face profile in the lower right, almost “hanging” from the limb, is looking down and wondering about the photos showing up here on the rest of the page.

The next photo, taken with my iPhone, is a view out the window of a plane I was on this weekend. I was sitting in an aisle seat and could not get closer to the window. The sky was very bright and most of the photos I took did not come out.

Although the photo was very light, over saturated, I was intrigued with the patterns in the lower half. I went into the FX Studio app to see if I could sharpen it. Instead, I started playing with effects and saved two versions which I put together on one canvas, for ease of viewing here. I love the abstractions in these two. Although the image is the same in each, the colors give off a different feeling.

Once I was home, I uploaded the photo into my computer and Photoshop Elements to size it for Picture to Ponder presentation. Surprise, surprise; two clicks in Elements – “Auto Smart Fix” and “Auto Levels”- produced the exact results for which I was looking, the clarity of the patterns in the ground below.

Self-Reflecting Queries –
Today, I invite you to consider the following:

When you see something that you like, yet something seems to be “off”, do you simply accept it, reject it, or attempt to alter it in some way?

Do you keep it simple or do you make it complex?

Also, referencing my assumption that you might want/expect a nature photo from me, how much of what you do is based on your thinking you know what another wants? Do you take the time to check this out with him/her/them?

Finishing up today, I glanced once again at the top photo and was jarred by the intensity of the blue in the sky. Could it have been that way? Am I able to change the sky and keep tree as is? These are amongst the questions I asked myself?

So I tried another quick fix “Remove Color”, thinking I could work within it, and instead wound up with a black and white photo. (There is also a click for “Black and White”. Thus I thought “remove” might be different.)

melaleuca tree in black and white

Now, as I look at the photo, new images pop out. Other elements become important. I could keep going in the same or other directions. What about you?

The bottom line question is “When do we stop? Do you have measures of satisfaction for you?”

Then I glance over at my monitor and the sticky note I have on it catches my eye, “Done is better than perfect!.” It’s a quote by Bob Jenkins, author of “Take Action! Revise Later: A Simple Guide to Success in Business”, on Amazon in paperback book form or Kindle format.

So, I stop and proceed to call today’s issue of Picture to Ponder complete insofar as content and photos!

As always I invite you to have fun with the photos and queries. Please share in the COMMENTS below your experiences with then and what comes up for you.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Mel Bohrer December 12, 2011 at 6:09 am

I was a perfectionist for a long time. Finally it occurred to me that my self-criticism wasn’t helping me, only hurting me. I’ve learned to accept and even like my work.
I like your pictures. This one, of the melaluca is interesting. It’s like a person could just keep picking at the bark. I’m done picking on myself.


Sheila Finkelstein December 12, 2011 at 7:24 am

I love it, Mel. “I’m done picking on myself!” – My exclamation point as I continue to smile here, relating to my own behaviors. And congrats for achieving that.

Thanks for checking in. Interesting, the Melaleuca bar is/was soft like velvet. I will probably post a few more photos from the tree.


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