In Between Worlds

Yellow grasses against a blue-green background.

“In Between Worlds” is a camera movement and multiple exposure photograph that I made from several pictures of decorative grasses in my front yard on a bit of a stormy afternoon. I combined the lightest parts of the images (the golden grasses) so they would be intertwined and give depth to the final picture.

The darker backgrounds come from images that were blurred by camera movement. As they were layered, they started forming the beautiful blues that are seen here. Layering images is similar to mixing paints to apply to a canvas or paper. Two or maybe three images are usually the most I will layer. More than that and the background can start to become too dark and mottled. Of course, dark and mottled can be a good look if that’s what you intend for your image.

I was really trying to capture the feeling of the day in the picture. The skys were stormy behind the grasses (I was facing east) and had a moody feel to them. However, the sun behind me was bright and lit up the grasses beautifully. I love that I was able to capture such a great subject right at the end of my driveway and get both moods in one image.

If you want to see more of my multiple exposure and camera movement work you can check out my Instagram feed or just hop over to my photography site at https://ryandavisonphotography.com .

Bird in Acrylic

Inspired by the art of Gennine Zlatkis, I painted this bird in acrylic high-flow paint and inks on watercolor paper. Birds are really fun to draw and paint because their basic shape is easy to recreate but there is so much you can do to it in the way of colors and details. I’m sure I’ll move on to other subjects but there are so many birds around me to paint that I feel I need to get at least a few of them down on paper.

First Sprouts of Spring

Every year I try to grow at least a little bit of my food. Sometimes it’s just one or two things in pots and sometimes it’s a full blown garden. Last year I built a raised bed garden and went a little wild growing winter squash. This year, I’ve steered clear of squash and am focusing on some early cool weather vegetables like snap peas, radishes and brocolli.

The other day I saw the first sprouts of the year popping up through the soil. I’m sure a couple of months from now I’ll be grumbling about having to water and weedevery day. But until then, I’ll be enjoying seeing the new life coming up and anticipating it growing into something I can use. Oh, and I’ll also be futily trying to keep my dog from walking through the bed.