Thursday, April 16, 2009

Through the Keyhole of Imagination

I was going to put my creations for this weeks theme on Thursday Sweet Treat on here, but decided to put my grandson's creations on here instead. My daughter along with her Army husband, and son live in Ft. Bragg, NC - a long way from New Mexico! I haven't seen them in over a year (except for a very brief time last month due to a loss in the family.) I was so intent on getting my creations entered this week, that I had to go out and take pictures an hour after they came over yesterday! After I took my pictures, my grandson asked me if he could take some pictures. I was a bit hesitant at first, oh yeah I'm going to let my 9-yr-old grandson go carting around my DSLR! I decided that as long as he left it on the tripod and I was with him, that he could take some pictures. I set it on auto, and showed him how to do a half click to focus on what he wanted, and how to turn the lens to zoom in on things. It didn't take much and we were off! He took around 50 pictures between 2 different photo sessions. After we put them on the computer, we played around with cropping, and these are the results of his photography excursions.
It was definitely a through the keyhole of imagination kind of experience for both of us.
I got so into playing around with the photos and him, that I completely spaced out sending in my photos to the Thursday Sweet Treat Blog!
The original

His 1st crop - yes he did do the cropping on these!

We took a few minutes to set this one up so the frog wouldn't have leaves in front of him, but he still wanted that "forest" atmosphere to it!

The first cropping

A different cropping.


Amanda (Blake) Fall said...

Your grandson is off to a wonderful beginning in the arts! How awesome that he has you to encourage and guide him. He already has a good eye!

--Amanda from TST :)

Phoenyx Ravenswing said...


Awesome! :-)

He is already learning a very important aspect of design - that frequently the most important thing is what is left out. :-D

Of all of them, I love his first crop the best for that reason. He has a great eye and already understands visual interest! Major yays to you both! :-)

Bright Blessings & Good Fortune! :-)

Phoenyx Ravenswing said...


And to you... remember the Mini-monthly is coming up! And apparently Natasha's okay w/pics being sent in ahead, so why not send them in for that when you get a mo'? :-)

Looking forward to seeing them wherever you end up posting them. :-)

And glad to see that I am not the only one who finds beauty & melody in the captcha words. (And thank you also for reminding me of what they are called! :-P)

This one: depati Also has a good beat to it. :-D

Bright Blessings & Good Fortune! :-)

meherio68 said...

Looks like it runs in the family! Congratulations to you two!

Jenjen © GottaLoveMom said...

Hi Kris,
Your grandson got some great genes!
He'll be a pro in no time...and he loves frog hunting. He can't wait to blog about his next frog hunting trip with his grandpa.

Thanks for the encouraging comments(TST).

You're very much like my mom. My mom loves to garden - she loves orchids and roses; She crochets, sews and cook.

See you again next time,

lisianblue said...

Amanda, Thank you for saying I'm starting off with a wonderful beginning!

Bird; I like your comment, and it even makes me happier!

meherio68 - Thank you for your comment, and it makes me happy.

Jenjen - I like it, thank you for your comment, it makes me very happy!

From Kai,
Kris's grandson.

Amanda, Bird, Agathe,Jenjen - thank you all so much for stopping by and your kind and encouraging words! Kai told me what to write in response to your comments! He was so thrilled to find out that he had some comments about his photos!
Thank you so much for making his bright smile even brighter!

Phoenyx Ravenswing said...


You both are most welcome! :-)

I admit, I am very happy when I get comments too! :-D So I am very pleased when I can spread the comment love! :-D

Bright Blessings & Good Fortune! :-)

lisianblue said...

It is fun getting comments isn't it Bird, and I do appreciate yours ( and everyone's) -
Kai of course wanted to know what you meant by "what is left out" and maybe why your fav is the 1st crop -
Love his curiousity!
Thank you for a comment that helped him gain even more knowledge!

Amanda & Bird- also re "a good eye" his 1st comment "I've great eyesight" - and so then explained what having a "good eye" meant!
I love these types of interactions with him - I just wish he still lived here! NC is just tooooooooo far away!

Although they were coming this week anyway - timing - his grandfather passed away in March - "wake" later today (Sat.) Now that man had a real good eye - I have photos of our kids that are just awesome! And sets of Kai at 5 & 6, that people think were professionally done.

Kai and I talked about maybe setting up the frog shoot again - with a little different placement of the plants - battery needed recharging, and then out to dinner with family - busy busy busy

Thank you again everyone!

Bird - Depati - it does have a good beat! lololo me too on knowing there is someone else who finds the beauty in captchas!

Phoenyx Ravenswing said...


Kai, to answer your question, it is something I've heard several times in different variations along my way as a fellow artist. It's why crops can be so exciting visually. It can make an ordinary object look very different.

Have you ever seen any of the pictures that they take of things at a very small level? I want to say microphotography (and Google confirms it! :-D). The items they show look very different from how we see them at the everyday level.

I gather that the art of a good photographer, indeed of any artist, is to make us see things in a different way.

That's why I like your first crop the best - it's more than just the frog. The leaves covering him lead us to ask - why? Does he have something to hide? Is he hot and just wants to be in the shade?

The lines of leaf & shadow make the piece more interesting than just the frog alone. It takes the piece from a casual photograph to art.

Hope that helps! :-) Looking forward to your next pics! :-)

Bright Blessings & Good Fortune! :-)

PS - Lisianblue, does that make us Sisters of the Captcha??? :-D -B! :bird

Natasha said...

I LOVE these photos. What I love most is that with the cropping you get to see the frog in different ways...a little hiddent, close up, amazing. Youor grandson not only has an eye for taking fantastic shots but he has a talent for transforming one shot into multiple works of art. It appears the talent runs in the family. He's on his way to becoming an incredible artist - he's already an awesome one!! Great work :)

aquamaureen said...

Kai--I love your photos. My favorite is the 1st one you cropped. It makes me feel like I'm peeking into some secret place. Does the frog see me??

I'm so glad you and your Grandma could play together with a camera. I hope to see more of your photographs.

lisianblue said...

Greetings - Tuesday got sort of chaotic and we were not able to post comments back - I will have to paraphrase after mine:

(((HUGS)) to all of you

Bird - the microphotography does produce some spectacular photos - thank you so much for expanding on comment!

Natasha - Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment -much appreciated!!! :))

Maureen - thank you for coming by - it does seem like a secret place doesn't it!

and Paraphrased from Kai

Bird - oooo ok now I get it! it's how I see something, not that I can see far away! Seeing things in a different way, sort of like the way my Nonnie sees flowers in her paintings.
Thank you for saying more!! :))

Natasha - it was fun making more pictures from just 2 pictures- I didn't like the 1st crop because he was hard to see, I like the really close up one! It's like a portrait of Mr. Frog. Thank you for your nice comment.

AquaMaureen - lolololo that's funny - he was hiding in the plants, he's little but we're too big to hide from him! I think I sort of understand more why people like the 1st crop.
I'm happy that me and Nonnie could play around with taking pictures too!
Thank you -

Kai (via his Nonnie)

Thank you ladies!!:)))Kris