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Sunday, November 22, 2009

iDo iMpressions

Every evening when the sun strikes at a certain angle, the mountains turn pink. I never tried to show you with my Olympus SP350, but I have a plan in mind to capture it with the Canon 20D when I'm good and ready.

But today the pink moment happened with clouds and I didn't have either camera with me.

If you live in Illinois or Alabama or Europe you may not think clouds are a big deal, but we don't get them very often in southern California, and excuse me, but do you get a pink moment with your clouds?

I took this photo with my iPhone. It doesn't do justice to the pink moment, but if you enlarge it you'll see it has a...well, an impressionistic quality. Yeah. That's it.

I added a little more pink.

Then I added a lot more pink. I'm not crazy about it.

So I tried blue. Yep. I got yer Monet right here.

Are we talkin' Hudson River School or what?

I like the gold, too. Very western. Chuck Monet, if you will. Hell, even if you won't.


For an excellent iGallery, visit Vanda at toadberry.

30 comments:

Turquoise Diaries said...

Creative moments :))

Jilly said...

My goodness, you are having fun with all those glorious colours. I like the gold too but I love the original. Most impressive taken with an iPhone. Love the impressionist quality of all of these photos. Bravo.

J+P said...

¿Que? Seurat, Seurat …

Petrea said...

I just added a link to the post: Vanda's iGallery at toadberry. She's an excellent photographer and has been doing great things with her iPhone.

Vanda said...

You make me blush.

I like the second one from top most.

Bellis said...

Wow, the iPhone (and you) can do in a few minutes what Monet spent many, many years doing. I'd love to see what you do with haystacks (though finding one round here is probably harder than finding a needle). My favorite is Hahamongna transformed into a Constable landscape of Suffolk, England.

Katie said...

The Hudson River view is my favorite. But they're all really cool. I know what you mean about getting excited when there are interesting clouds in California.

Pascal Jim said...

Even with a cell phone, you are a genius, Cannot decide my favorite, all are beautiful..Echos all the early California artists....

Petrea said...

Oh stop it, I was fooling around! Thank you, wait, no, don't stop. Hahamongna is a genius. The clouds are a genius. Steve Jobs is a genius. I just happened to be there with their help.

Virginia said...

OH OMY!!! Well I'm partial to the real thang baby but the Hudson River School.....you nailed it sistah. Oh hell's bells they're all great. I have one question. If you all are getting these great IPhone shots, why am I lugging around my big ole Canon????

And our sunsets are often orange. Put that with the blue sky and you get you one fine Auburn War damn Eagle sky!! :)

Virginia said...

Oh but wait...was one of those a "phonet Monet"??

Ms M said...

These look very painterly. The first one does remind me of the Hudson River School, perhaps Frederick Church. Fun to see how you played with the image. :)

Cristina Cho said...

Hi, P - long time no talk! =D Nice pics! Love the colors!!!!!

Petrea said...

I'll tell you why you're lugging that Canon, Virginia: it's because the iPhone camera takes every landscape like a phonet Monet. It looks "impressionistic" because it's pixillated.

Thanks, Ms. M., it was fun.!

Hi, Cristina! That hot pink one will go with your site!

J+P said...

BEllis is funny.

Virginia: keep dragging your SLR about. It can accomplish photonic prestidigitalizations that are quite beyond a cellphone's camera.

Margaret said...

I'm thinking more Gainesborough. Very elegant.

Petrea said...

True, J. Bellis is funny as well as erudite. Margaret is, too. In fact, the same can be said of everyone who's commented here today. (I haven't met Pascal Jim but he did call me a genius.) Some fascinating folks have fetched up here and that's the truth.

AmyR said...

Ooh, I like the gold!

I tried to explain to my mom the lack of sunset explosions here. Back in Ohio, it's a darn near daily occurence.

I am so tempted by the iPhone!

Shanna said...

OKAY! You caught it. And that is the important part of sky photography.

I depend on clouds for my stuff. Hope you saw my latest!!!But I'm now waiting, waiting, waiting.

J+P said...

"Sunset explosions" …? Have aliens landed in Ohio?

Dina said...

This is fun. All of you are having such fun, you photographers.

So glad to read your comment! When I was playing around with "looming", before, during, and after writing the sentence I was thinking "This is something Petrea would say." Yay.

marley said...

Very arty!

I like the orange one best!

Petrea said...

I know what a sunset explosion is, Amy.

Shanna, I just took a peek. Marvelous! But if you depend on clouds for your work, you've chosen a tough place to live!

Dina, you're a photographer and a writer. A great communicator, you are.

Hi Marley!

Dina said...

Thanks Petrea. I have good teachers on the Web. Thanks to you and the blogger friends for sharing/teaching all the time.

Dirk said...

I grew up in Pasadena (Altadena, actually), and as a kid would see illustrations of clouds in children's books like "The Wizard of Oz" and think that they were 'fantasy' clouds--clouds don't ever look like that, I thought, not in real life.

As an adult I moved to Missouri; part of my reasons for doing so (though I miss my hometown greatly) is the weather...and the amazing clouds...and pink Autumnal sunsets.

Anyway, I loved these pictures, all shades of them (and I love the blog). I'm coming home for Christmas this year and can't wait.

Petrea said...

Funny, Dirk--I grew up in Illinois, and I miss those clouds and sunsets. But one reason I moved here was for the weather.

I hope your Altadena Christmas will be all you wish for.

Lori Lynn said...

How fun!
LL

Kim said...

Love this post and all your variations. Maybe you'll join us for iPhone Wednesdays sometime.
Was this with a 3G or 3Gs? The quality is so nice!
-Kim

Petrea said...

Kim, it's a 3G. Maybe I will join you, I'm taking a lot of pictures with it. Thanks!

JM said...

Nice 'rainbow'! :-)