Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Moo Challenge #42

When I was looking through my photos to find buildings—this week’s Make a Moo or Two theme—I thought about something Jean Luc Goddard once said. He believed that great movies wouldn’t be made until film was as cheap as paper and pen. That’s kind of the way photography is today. When you have a digital camera, you can just keep taking photos until your card fills up. Sooner or later you’re bound to get something you like, and occasionally you may even come up with a great photo.
What I found from looking through my files is that most of the pictures I’ve taken are of my family, my dog, my friends and nature. But I did come across one of the Boston skyline (top) and another of some buildings in Seattle. Both photos were taken in 2006 when I happened to take separate trips to the U.S. I remember at the time being excited about seeing the Atlantic and Pacific oceans within a few short weeks of each other. Next time I do this I want to bring home water in jars from both places and use it to paint with.

13 comments:

Kelly said...

great moos!

dutchstamptramp said...

Fabulous colourful moos. Love them both but the upperone is my favorite

Godelieve said...

Fabulous! I especially like the colors (turquoise)on the Boston moo, and the shapes on the Seattle one.
I love the idea of painting with ocean water.

Ozstuff said...

Even though I am an Aussie, I have actually visited Boston and Seattle. The thing I remember most about the buildings in Boston is their colour and you have captured it beautifully in your Moss. I love the "aged" overlay on your Seattle skyscape. Fantastic Moos, Susan.

Ozstuff said...

Ahem. I have a habit of proof reading my blurbs AFTER I have sent them. Of course, there's no moss in your pictures. I should have typed Moos. Silly me.
(I have also visited parts of Canada and loved every mile of it).

Marina said...

There are both terrific Moo's, bright and colorful.
Well done.

José said...

Thanks for your comment on my moo. Esp. because that made me visit your blog. Your moos are terrific. And I like the story that comes along with it. I think I will be visiting more often. And as one Bob Marley fan to the other: stir it up :)

me again said...

Very, very nice. :-) You actually hit the nail on the head to one of the big "secrets" about great photography -- one of the big tricks is in volume. I learned this at a young age, from a professional, and it was so hard when shooting with film to pay for all that processing, but I have always been one to take an excessive amount of photographs, looking for that one perfect shot. I was told you can shoot all day and only come up with one great photograph, and that makes the day worthwhile. That's why, when I shot with film regularly, I sought out developers who printed up contact sheets from a roll of film (much cheaper than getting all the photos developed, y'see). To get that "just right photo" you must take lots of photographs, different angles and different lighting etc. And developing was always SO expensive! Digital allows for the experimentation without the cost, and for that I am so grateful :-) BTW, both MOOS are very cool, as I mentioned, but the bottom one, with the crackle texture, is my favourite.

Leslie Jane Moran said...

I love you...Water from both places to paint with. So romantic.

indybev said...

Lovely moos and lovely story to accompany them! I was reminded of something I read -- I believe by Wm. Least Heat Moon. He remarked, as he peered into a stream, that all the water in the world is the same. From the stream to the creek to the river to the ocean, where it evaporates into the clouds and, carried by air streams, falls again in far places in the form of rain. I quite liked the concept of that, of often think of it when I'm looking at a stream.

emikk said...

I've always wanted to use Icelandic glacier water for my paintings.

wildflowr said...

Aw- what a romanitc idea... I just painted with water from the Pacific this morning (more out of default, tho, than romance- I forgot to pack some water with my watercolor set when we set out for the beach).
Nice Moos. The ripped edges and crackle are nice effects.

Stempelchaotin said...

Wow stunning moo´s.
Great design.