So I finished watching the Dreamscapes series this morning.
Now, I had followed along with what he was doing in his examples, but I didn’t want to use his photographs to complete my exercise; I wanted to create on my own. After posting my first blog post this morning, I had to get off the computer for a few minutes and walk the dog. I took my camera with me hoping to become inspired for my creation exercise. The first thing I noticed while walking around, was that a lot of the trees in the neighborhood look a lot like an explosion you would see in a movie. Some had nice tendrils, while others (like the Palms) looked more like a mushroom cloud.
My initial idea was to work these into a shot where they would be the results of “bombs” being dropped by a fighter jet. Instead of explosions, you have beautiful trees. I took a bunch of photos to that end, and was all set to get back home and start working on that (about 20 minutes ago.) Near the end of the walk, Sherlock does as he always does, and “paid a visit” to the fire hydrant on the street corner! I knew right then what my exercise photo was going to be! I won’t spoil the surprise for anybody, but what I will do is post a few photos of the progress below.
Bert’s emphasis on “pushing the boundaries” and just on creation of a unique and interesting piece led me to this idea. I liked the idea of the “Dreamscape” so I thought I might take that title a little more literally. Instead of producing a dreamy landscape photograph, I thought “Why not create an actual dream scene?”
So began the creative process, and I had to ask myself
- What would Sherlock dream about?
- Where would he be peaceful, asleep, and look like he’s having a nice dream?
- How am I going to show that this is a doggy dream?
I came back in from the walk, and went ahead and finished watching the video sessions on Lynda. At this point, I already had a pretty good idea of what I wanted to do, and Bert had me really inspired to try a few new techniques. I was eager to get into Photoshop and really set up some custom brushes, and create a dreamscape that would make Bert smile.