Commitment: the state of being emotionally impelled to do something. My commitment is to making art, loving life and doing well.

Daily Artworks... my continuing challenge for 2015: Observe and record. Record and observe. And stretch - s-t-r-e-t-c-h - myself.
What will I discover?

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Everything Looks Different at Night - Day 31

"Daylight" at Dusk - Moon Through Trees    

Time Exposure of the Moon Through Trees    
- turns the evening into "daylight."    

A 20 second time exposure with low ISO and medium f-stop delivers enough light to the camera sensor to make dusk appear to be daylight, and turns the moon into a softly glowing sun.      

Friday, May 30, 2014

Everything Looks Different at Night - Day 30

Streetlights Through Sheer Fabric    

Lights from the Parking Lot   
- make interference patterns through the sheer curtains at the window.    

Interference patterns are fascinating to look at - they appear very different if you focus on the sheer curtain fabric or if you focus on the lights in the distance. In the dark, they show a prismatic color effect as well as the splitting of the rays of light from the intense lights behind the curtain.      

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Everything Looks Different at Night - Day 29

A Porch, a Deck Chair and a Flashlight    

Light-Painting a Deck Chair on the Porch   
- makes a dramatic play of highlights and shadows.    

There is no direct light on the deck chair, and this photograph was lit entirely with the moving beam of a flashlight. Dark shadows are most well-defined where the light from the flashlight went back over the same area more than once, which is also where the highlights on the porch wall and the detail in the chair are best depicted, too.     

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Everything Looks Different at Night - Day 28

Grapes, a Glass Bowl and a Flashlight    

Light-Painting a Glass Bowlful  of Grapes   
- makes a dramatic play of highlights and shadows.    

At night, with no direct light on the bowl of grapes except the flashlight beam, the camera is able to create an image which is a record of where the light has traveled while the shutter was open. And the grapes are isolated and spotlighted in the scene.  

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Everything Looks Different at Night - Day 27

Painting with a Flashlight    

Light-Painting a Geranium Plant   
- makes a dramatic play of highlights and shadows.    

Cameras can create images that the human eye could never perceive. With no other light source except a flashlight beamed around the blossoms of the plant, and with the camera set to make a long enough exposure, the geranium plant becomes a dynamic sculpture in color and texture. 

Monday, May 26, 2014

Everything Looks Different at Night - Day 26

Pale Shadows on the Shed     

Pale Orange Illumination from Streetlamps   
- and a cluster of nearby trees make dancing shadows on the shed.    

The orange light from the streetlamps is blocked by trees on the other side of the yard, making flickering liquid shadows on the side of the shed. On the adjoining side of the shed, the corner of a chain link fence makes a more pronounced zigzag.         

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Everything Looks Different at Night - Day 25

Big Dipper Over the Roof     

Constallations Are Recognizable   
- no matter where the the sky they appear.    

There are millions of stars in the sky, but only a few of these stars are bright enough to make a recognizable pattern for the human eye to follow - a constallation. The Big Dipper is one of these.          

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Everything Looks Different at Night - Day 24

Trees, Stars and Planets     

Streetlights Illuminate the Trees   
- and stars and planets glow with their own light.    

On a clear night, away from artificial lights, your eyes can pick out so many stars it's unbelievable. Our eyes are blinded by streetlights, floodlights and lights from cars and houses, so it takes a few minutes of staring into the dark to see how many pinpoints of light there actually are out there.         

Friday, May 23, 2014

Everything Looks Different at Night - Day 23

The Neighbor's Porch     

The Neighbour's Front Porch   
- through a screen of bushes.    

Alders and willows and birch and poplar grow between the neighbor's place and ours. Later in the season, the leaves will fill out and we will not be able to see each other's houses. But for now, there is a neighborly sharing of nightly brightness back and forth.        

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Everything Looks Different at Night - Day 22

Labrador Tent     

Setting Up a Labrador Tent   
- with a carpet of fir boughs inside.    

If you are setting up a tent, you should get it done before dark so you can see how to weave the evergreen boughs together to make a warm and comfortable flooring. This tent is almost ready, although the tent stove is not yet in place, as night sets in.        

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Everything Looks Different at Night - Day 21

Willow Pollen     

Pussywillow Buds Sprout Into Pollen     
- creating strange new flowers.    

Not-quite dark and not-quite a silhouette, these willow buds stand out against a dusky sky.       

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Everything Looks Different at Night - Day 20

Sunset Clouds     

Sunset Over the River    
- and the clouds and the distant shore are disappearing into the darkness.    

Sunset can be a disorienting time of day, when the familiar shapes of distant hills become a dark mass and when clouds loom low and heavy with shadows. Sunset forces us to pay attention in different ways than we do in full daylight.       

Monday, May 19, 2014

Everything Looks Different at Night - Day 19

Summer Chairs     

The Summer Chairs Are Out Of Storage    
- and waiting to be set up tomorrow.    

Floodlit and out on the deck, the summer chairs look inviting, as if they are waiting for someone to sit down and relax.      

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Everything Looks Different at Night - Day 18

Birch Tree Bark in Floodlight    

Floodlight Accentuates the Shadows     
- and brings out the texture of birch bark on the tree trunk.    

The floodlights are close to this tree. The highlights and shadows from the floodlights makes the texture of the birch bark and the form of the tree stand out in the darkness.      

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Everything Looks Different at Night - Day 17

Waning Gibbous Moon    

Waning means "Fading" and Gibbous means "Bulging"    
- a gibbous moon is less than full but more than half illuminated.    

Gibbous moons occur on either side of the full moon, either waxing - growing, or waning - fading. In a gibbous phase, the moon reveals the contours of its craters on the shadow side.      

Friday, May 16, 2014

Everything Looks Different at Night - Day 16

Buds and Branches in the Streetlight    

Springtime Buds and Branches    
- lit by the orange glow of a streetlight.    

Trees that grow around streetlights have the benefits and disadvantages of two different light sources - sunlight in the daytime and streetlight at night. For a passerby, the nighttime lighting seems more dramatic.     

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Everything Looks Different at Night - Day 15

Reflections From A Dark Window    

Outside of a Darkened Office Window    
- the glass reflects the lights from the restaurant across the street.    

On a calm spring evening, there is no wind to ruffle the flags on their flagpoles. The vertical blinds inside the office are as still as the trees outside. There is only a little traffic moving on the street, and only a few clients going in and out of the restaurant doors.     

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Everything Looks Different at Night - Day 14

Full Moon Rise Through Clouds    

The Full Moon Rise   
- happened on a cloudy evening    

Sometimes the thing you weren't expecting is nicer than the thing that you were hoping to have. I was prepared to photograph the fully illuminated disk of the moon, instead I was surprised by the loveliness of shape-changing and color-shifting of the moonlight refracting through cloud layers.   

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Everything Looks Different at Night - Day 13

Moonlight Through The Pines    

Silhouettes of Pine Boughs   
- against brilliant white moonlight    

The song "Georgia On My Mind" may be running through my head, but the moon and the trees are universal. On a fine spring night, it's a pleasure to take a deep breath of cool air, and just look around.    

Monday, May 12, 2014

Everything Looks Different at Night - Day 12

Left Turn On A Red Light    

Night Time Traffic Signals   
- show up as patterns of colored lights   

An intersection which is busy in the daytime becomes a quiet place at night. Even the red and green traffic signals show up as dots of muted color under the street lights.    

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Everything Looks Different at Night - Day 11

Moon, Clouds and Architecture    

Geometric Shapes are Softened   
- by the soft abstractness of the clouds    

The rigidity of the triangles, the rhomboids and the circle of the moon are softened by the gradation of tones, the suggestion of of colors, and the sense of mystery in the clouds.    

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Everything Looks Different at Night - Day 10

Hospital Entrance at Night    

Night Lighting Going Into the Lobby   
- at the hospital there is no distinction between day and night     

The main visible difference at the hospital between day and night is that at night there are fewer people around. The lighting at the entrance gets your eyes used to the 24-hour brighness inside.    

Friday, May 9, 2014

Everything Looks Different at Night - Day 9

Shadows at Night    

Is It Strange to See Shadows at Night  
- wrapping around the cylindrical form of the tree trunks?     

Cast shadows are created when an object blocks light from reaching an area that is lit by a light source. The criss-crossed shadows on these tree trunks were made by the branches that stand between  the floodlights and the trees that they are spotlighting.    

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Everything Looks Different at Night - Day 8

Porch Light   

The Porch Light  
- says "Welcome Home" in the dark.     

A porch light means a lot of things. In stormy weather, it guides you to the door. On warm summer evenings, it provides comfortable light to help keep the good times going. A porch light is safety, security and a beacon in the dark.   

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Everything Looks Different at Night - Day 7

First Quarter Moon showing the Terminator   

Yes, We'd Like To Call It a Half Moon 
- but actually, that's a dessert pastry     

To be perfectly correct, our familiar "half-moon" can be either the First Quarter of the moon, or the Last Quarter of the moon. The First Quarter is the waxing phase of the moon between the totally shadowed New Moon and the totally illuminated Full Moon. Along the Terminator between "day" and "night," the Moon's cratered surface shows up well because of the contrast between sunlight and shadow on the crater walls. 

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Everything Looks Different at Night - Day 6

Twin Floodlights   

A Double Bulb Floodlight Set
- that is turned on by motion activated sensors    

Mounted on the side of a building, motion activated floodlights give instant light in areas where it is needed, but only when light is called for.  

Monday, May 5, 2014

Everything Looks Different at Night - Day 5

On Guard in the Floodlights   

Casper waits patiently  
- for the motion activated floodlights to turn off again    

A guard dog's best defences are a keen sense of smell and using the element of surprise against a suspect. Floodlights are for humans, dogs do a lot better in the dark. 

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Everything Looks Different at Night - Day 4

Sparks Fly at a Campfire  

A Backyard Chiminea Fire 
- lights up a crisp spring evening   

On a lazy spring evening, a backyard campfire is absolutely wonderful.  Thanks again to the Fire Boss for the good time and for setting the scene for the photos! 

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Everything Looks Different at Night - Day 3

Early Crescent Moon Through Trees  

The Early Crescent Phase of the Moon
-  rises through bare tree branches       

A familiar crescent moon shines through a stand of trees. No leaves are sprouting yet, and the bare branches and tree trunks are silhouettes against the rich dark blue sky of dusk. 

Friday, May 2, 2014

Everything Looks Different at Night - Day 2

Porch Light  

Light from Indoors at Night 
-  invites you inside        

Everything looks different at night. Warm lighting from inside the porch contrasts the adventures of being outdoors after dark with all of the comforts of being cozy indoors. It's good to get home.         

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Everything Looks Different at Night - Day 1

Floodlighting on Trees  

A Stand of Trees at Night 
-  floodlighting highlights textures and cylindrical forms        

Everything looks different at night. Artificial night light changes from location to location, and turns ordinary scenes into the unfamiliar. The floodlighting hitting these trees gives an orange glow to the trunks, and the low angle of the light picks out the textures of the bushes and underbrush.       


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