Well, do you?!?
Let me explain...
Ages ago when I studied watercolor,
the teacher made sure to make us understand that need for restraint
while still letting inspiration flow without ruining the painting by overdoing it.
When I went on to study graphic arts,
the same principle applied,
but that didn't prove to be my problem.
Instead of overdoing something,
I did one only to start another, then another, then another one...
You get the idea.
I was reminded of that principle today.
Less is more!!
you heard right!!!
I captured this at dawn as the night was moving away.
When I put it through Photoshop,
I started to work on it,
adding on effects one after the other,
until it was plain wrong.
I had lost the original feeling I had when seeing it.
So I backtracked to an earlier version that respected the original scene.
That is something I couldn't have done while doing watercolor...
Thank goodness for Photoshop!!
These two next pictures are part of some experimenting I've started recently,
which is moving the zoom as you press the shutter.
Moving just the zoom, not the camera.
That one would be ICM (Intentional Camera Mouvement).
But in these two pictures,
what you see is not just the results of freelensing.
In each case,
I took a regular picture and a freelensing one which I've then merged together in Photoshop.
A few more effects and voila!!
Just enough to give it an eerie quality
and not too much to kill the beauty I witnessed today.
I do love how the trees in the foreground,
standing in the shadow of the building I was walking alongside set up the scene
for those trees in the background to stand proud and glorious,
the sun caressing them as life is slowly draining out of their limbs.
I chose to blend a realistic picture and a blurred one to keep some element of each
instead of settling for one or the other.
But can I still claim it as freelensing if it is altered this way?
another thing I need to learn to stop:
Second guessing myself!!
Go with the flow and enjoy the process.
I do this to have fun,
not to give myself a headache...