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Friday Finds: What we See

As you know by now, the word See for me is a very active word.  Really seeing the world around us is a skill that needs to be cultivated.  We, too often, go through our days not really seeing the beauty, the awesomeness, that is right in front of us.

Recently there have been advertisements in photography magazines showing all the eye movements and thoughts that  go through a photographer’s mind when creating an image.  The idea had really stuck with me, so I did a bit of digging the other day and discovered the ad was actually based on a little experiment that Canon did.

The experiment involved special eye tracking equipment to record the eye movements of 3 different people while they were looking at an image.  Those 3 people were a non-photographer, a photography student, and a professional photographer.  It’s is really fascinating to observe how much each of the people sees.

This is not to say that non-photographers can never see at that level.  I believe it’s more a learned habit than innate. Though there may be some innate talent, photographers have also trained themselves through much practice to see all that is in a scene.  I think there’s no reason non-photographers couldn’t be equally observant if they cultivate their powers of seeing.

Watch the video and let me know what you think:

Canon’s Experiment Shows How Obsessed Photographers Are Over The Details

Seeing the Difference – Part 2

Last week I shared some fun, colorful mandalas that I created using several different mandalas, layers, and blending modes.  (See the post here to read what I did.)

It was so much fun and I loved the results so much that I almost couldn’t stop. There were so many that I decided to split them up and share some with you this week as well.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Do you have a favorite?  I’m having a hard time choosing a favorite!

Layered Difference Mandala-09©Gail S. Haile

Layered Difference Mandala-09©Gail S. Haile

Layered Difference Mandala-10©Gail S. Haile

Layered Difference Mandala-10©Gail S. Haile

Layered Difference Mandala-12©Gail S. Haile

Layered Difference Mandala-12©Gail S. Haile

Layered Difference Mandala-13©Gail S. Haile

Layered Difference Mandala-13©Gail S. Haile

Layered Difference Mandala-14©Gail S. Haile

Layered Difference Mandala-14©Gail S. Haile

Layered Difference Mandala-15©Gail S. Haile

Layered Difference Mandala-15©Gail S. Haile

Oops! Tech Gremlins at Play

green_little_creatureThe tech gremlins were playing with my website yesterday.  

I was having difficulty posting some new images to my website galleries and it seems one of the images got posted as a blog post somehow.  So you got this strange random post this morning with a title about my favorite tree and my Morning Sunshine image of sunflowers.  That probably had you wondering if’d lost it. 🙂  Those tech gremlins have such a sense of humor!  Arggghhhhhh!

Just to show those little green creatures who’s boss, I’ll intentionally share Morning Sunshine and one more, Sunflower Sunrise with you.  I hope your weekend is as sunny as these images!

Thanks for following along with me even when the tech gremlins are having fun!

Morning Sunshine_Gail S. Haile

Morning Sunshine_©Gail S. Haile

©Gail Haile_Sunflower Sunrise

Sunflower Sunrise_©Gail Haile