K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge: Number One!

As mentioned in my yesterday’s post, the ‘K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge’ kicks off officially  with this post. We, my friend Dale, of Diary Of An Internet Nobody fame, and I will be attempting to make this a Monday thing.

UPDATE: To make the light-speed hop over to Dale’s blog to see what he created, here’s a link

I chose for this first post a simple parrot photo from my archives to present my challenge, which is as follows:

I like the notion of transforming my original photography into a variety of different images. One such transformation is what I call a ‘painted graphic’. With this technique I look only to give the original photo the look and feel of a painted work.

Here then is the first image, one you might have seen already on this blog. I do need to say that before I uploaded this shot, I did ‘flatten out’ the colors; gave them less saturation and a little more contrast to darken the image slightly.

parrot on a tree

As a finished piece, I offer the image below. What I did here is part filtering; dropping a layer of muted color, another of light paint strokes, and another to give the overall color of the work a look of an old photo, aged and yellowed with time.

Painted Parrot on a Tree

The challenge? No need trying to create the exact same image or utilize the layering/ filtering I’ve used. You can use any and all methods of photo manipulation. in your personal arsenals. This challenge is, at its heart, about your interpretation of a ‘painted graphic’.

I also realize there are plenty artists not comfortable laying their methods of creation on the table. Wholly understandable. I think this challenge should be about what an artist wants to share.

So, there you have it. The first official ‘K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge’, open to any and all. I and my buddy Dale look forward to seeing what happens!

K’lee L. © 2016

27 thoughts on “K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge: Number One!

  1. Whoa, dude, nice start.
    Although I didn’t think you were posting until later; I wasn’t expecting to post mine until five this afternoon (5 hours from now) but I’ll get right on it and try to post at lunchtime instead.

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    1. Thanks! I did something I’ve been doing for a while now; create the post and schedule it for the following morning. There’s no time frame you need to post back in. It’s all good whenever you have time.

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          1. Okay, now I do know what you mean by that. Thanks for clarifying. You’re right, Dale does tend to do lots more layering. Is that good or bad? Neither in my book, it’s simply the way he chooses to express himself. We all have our ‘way’ and when we’re sending our art out into the world, it becomes important to trust that our expression is fine just the way it is- no need to become someone or something else for the sake of acceptance…ever. That’s just my take on things…

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          2. I agree with we all have “our way” and I like that, after all it is our identity. I just thought that you might have set up some rules by which the photos need to be altered, modified or layered. Sorry for the confusion and thanks for clarifying things up.

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        1. In actuality, I said it only in hopes that you’d consider it. Blog challenges are not something we all want to do. Heck, this one came up kind of by accident. Now that I think about it, I may have done ONE in the past? I say this: if a couple days pass and you really don’t feel ‘challenged’, I won’t think any less of you for not doing this one. Now when the writing one comes up… JOKING!!!!

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          1. I do have a photo in mind that I took over a year ago. I went through a stage where I did a lot of photo manips, then macros, and now… not as much as I used to. Writing has again taken over my spare time. But I am interested in trying this. 🙂

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          2. I say try it only if it challenges you in a good way? Occasionally I come across photo contests I’d like to submit work to. In the past, I’d talk myself out of it on the basis of thinking my works not ‘good enough’. I’ve had to look at that deeply and ask myself where the belief was coming from. It’s taken me to some interesting places within myself and helped me find some answers. These days when I ask myself is my work good enough to submit to big time photo contests, I know with all my heart the answer is yes. I’m not better than anyone on this planet, nor am I less than… I am an expression of life and my art, whichever form it takes on its way out of me, is a reflection of that. I allow that to be enough… usually!

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          3. It may be humility. We’re taught not to brag about our talents, to be humble and grateful for what we can do. I know what you’re talking about. Some days, when the work is going especially well, wow, did I just do that? But then I immediately temper it with humility. Because the work is very subjective if we’re the only ones who judge it. ‘Good enough’… oh yes, I know that. Sometimes you have to be straight with yourself and say, ‘yes, I am. I believe it, I’ve proved it time and again, through hard work and love of the craft. Yes I am.’ Artists are their own worst critics because we strive for perfection, which is unachievable. But we reach for it anyway because we have to, it’s in us. Humility is a blessing because it makes us reach deeper. I’ve never been a braggart, but there are some days when I think, hell yeah, I got this. And Lord, don’t judge your work by others. They have their thing, you have yours, and they can’t do what you’re doing, not if you’ve got your heart invested in it. And I still go by that old quote by Dizzy Dean: “It ain’t bragging if you can do it.” I think you should submit to some contests. The worst that can happen? You won’t win. But then, you might! You have the talent and the knowledge and the passion. No matter what, you won’t lose, right? Keep striving, my friend, and reaching.

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          4. Thank you for the gift of this phenomenal response and sharing of your truth, Steven. This is just fantastic.

            No, I have never been one to even think I had a reason to brag about something I do or have done in the past. What I do is remind myself of the hard work that went into a thing- if in fact the work was HARD! Humility? Absolutely essential if you want to keep your Soul intact. I read somewhere just the other day: Art is born of tension, pressure, of a need to express something which can’t be expressed by the artist any other way. I like that definition. I think artists need to be sensitive to vibration; both of other people and of the world they live in. If that artist is constantly comparing themselves to others, the road’s gonna be one LONG, TIRING road. We must make time to find our own truth and then stick to it when we know in our Spirit it’s real.
            My road’s been long, but I’ve always looked for the lessons the good was showing me, and the not so good was showing me. I know what it’s like to lose people because they assume you have something they don’t. I’ve had to learn not to allow the simple mindedness of ‘ego-based’ (unexplored) perception to spin me off the road of my own quest for actualization. These days I try to say everything I need to say through my art and to say it without apology or fear. But that again is just me and my process. As for the contests, thank you for the vote of confidence. I will submit several things NOT with the notion that if I don’t win I’m a failure, but because I finally believe some of my work is on the same level as those in more ‘professional’ circles, AND because (you’re right again!) I don’t have a darn thing to lose! I want to be used up when I head on out of this life. I don’t want to feel like there’s anything I didn’t find a way to say or express. These are some of the ‘side gifts’ honoring my art has been teaching me and you know what? I’ll have another helping of that, if you don’t mind…

            I’ll keep reaching and striving and I hope you’ll be doing the same, Steven. May we both simply stay true to our proces, our truth, and let it lead us exactly where we’ll find the highest joy and love…

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          5. Yes, I think we’re on the same wavelength. I don’t let ego get in the way of the work. I try not to compare myself to other work, though I do… it’s natural. I can read an exceptional piece of work and be dazzled by it, and try learn something from it. There’s no jealousy, but admiration. I love it when I’m wowed by someone else’s talent. It makes me strive even more, and opens me up to what’s possible. Through the years, I’ve pulled away from ‘big novels’, because I’m not interested in writing them. The focus has been on the smaller elements, the motivational elements of why the characters do what they do. Introspective, I suppose. Those who write the sprawling, decades-spanning, world-building stories can be incredible, but that’s not in me. Is there room for smaller stories? I think so, and I’m happy to write them 🙂 All art is perception and interpretation. A man on a street corner is worth a hundred stories, and not one of them will look alike. It’s the perception that makes them unique and important. One may see the man as a fallen king, the next a man surviving a tragedy. One person’s vision does not supplant another’s. And, of course, passion and talent doesn’t hurt. 🙂

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          6. I’m one of those big, world-building cats you mention! I remember being in a writing class in college, having the hardest time condensing my imagination down into a short story!
            I eventually got it and was very pleased with the final product. Seems I’m still drawn to the ‘big book’, that’s where writing often takes me. Oddly enough, it’s songwriting where I feel very comfortable formulating smaller worlds and stories, as it were.
            I so often think about writers like Stephen King and how ‘Carrie’ his first real novel almost didn’t happen as he thought it was shite and tossed the handful of pages he’d written in the trash. Tabitha, his wife, rescued them, read them, and convinced him he was on to something.
            I wonder if that was real ‘crossroads’ for him, or would we eventually have gotten the same Stephen King we have today irregardless of that life-altering intervention? His tome on the craft of writing should be mandatory reading for all writers as he holds nothing back in discussing his process; the good, the bad, and the ugly.

            You know, we could maintain a dialog via e-mail? Mine is same as my blog: obzervashunal@gmail.com. Just a suggestion for future talks.

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          7. I love reading world-building stories, but writing them isn’t my thing. Or maybe I’m just intimidated by it. I prefer the tightly focused character studies. That’s what fascinates me, what I’m drawn to.
            And you’re a song writer too. That’s too cool. I’m in no way a musical person, but I am a lyric-listener. Music is an extraordinary talent that I wasn’t born into or ever pursued. Like I said, I’m a one-basket man. 🙂
            You mentioned King, and I had to smile. I’m a huge Stephen King nerd from way back. The man is a born story-teller regardless of genre. When he’s on, he is on. I’ve read “On Writing” and I’m due for a reread, and I’m pleased that many writers refer to it as their go-to book. I think that even if Carrie wasn’t pulled out of the trash can, he’d still be successful. He found his voice and put a yoke around its neck and forced it to plow ahead.
            I meant to send this through email… it was a grind of a day at work and my brain isn’t fully functional. It sounds like a great idea…and I’m at ordinaryhandsome1@gmail.com.

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          8. I like to believe the bigger novels contain those tightly focused character studies too, just on a broader scale. I know in my writing, the character building is as important as the world building.
            As for my music, I will eventually get a few of my tunes up to Soundcloud.
            I think you may be right with King’s success shining through with or without the ‘Carrie’ rescue. His work ethic is unlike anyone else.

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          9. You’re right, of course. The Stand is a prime example of rich characters and a huge landscape. While I haven’t been as enthralled by his latest output, he’s still putting them out. 11/22/63 is near the top of the list of my favorites. Joyland was a wonder. I’m not as impressed with his recent Bill Hodges books, but he can still work it.
            Tell me when and where, and I’ll check out your music… very interested in checking it out.

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          10. ‘Joyland’ was incredible is true. He proved he still has it in him to just tell an amazing story that kept me hooked until the end. There are a number of his more recent works I’ll need to catch up on.
            As for the music, yes, I need to get a few tracks uploaded soon. I’ll be sure to let you know and you’ll in turn have to give me an honest opinion? Soon. soon.


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