Recognize what this is?
I can remember when I got my first SLR (film) camera many years ago. A Pentax. Never owned a brand new one but this had enough lenses that I could be dangerous, and I was for a while.
I went through several of Dr Baldwin's photography classes at MTSU, so I also learned darkroom techniques and had a ball. When a used Beseler 23c came on the market, I snapped it up and had my own darkroom setup in a bathroom. Nirvana. But, I made the mistake of trying to make a living with it all.
Why a mistake? Because it created a pressure to produce and long hours in the darkroom. Combine that with strong allergies to the chemicals used in developing the film and prints and developed a recipe for failure. Actually, not failure, but a loss of fervor for the art. I burned out.
Enter our daughter who has her parents love of taking photos, and I started getting involved again, but by then I had sold my darkroom and film was going out of style. And, Melissa made a statement that got my pocketbook. She did not have patience to learn photography, she just wanted to shoot pictures! Yikes, do you know how much that would cost for trial and error?
So, we got our first digital point and shoot. Correction, SHE got our first P&S camera. Digital was not even close to the film SLRs at the time, so I did not see a future in DSLR. My oh my, how that has changed now and so did Melissa's interest in learning photography. She now makes money with her photographic talents.
Ten or fifteen years ago our business required more creative involvement in creating pictures for our advertising literature and websites. Thus Adobe Photoshop appeared on my computer. I still do not use more than 1/3 of its' capabilities but it re-opened a "darkroom" to me without the chemicals or specialized equipment. Great! The desire to create started creeping back in.
One of my cousins learned of my frustrations with our P&S cameras so he was gracious enough to loan me his original Canon DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera. The ability to use different lenses and change settings on the camera brought back many of the old feelings, but I quickly realized that there was soooo many more improvements out there and wanted more.
Well,..... I now have more and I am afraid you folks will start being inundated with the results. It will probably be a combination of Canon and Photoshop as these pictures. The subject was purposely photographed with a narrow depth of field so the focus would be very narrow. It resulted in making it appear in a fog, but it wasn't. PS (PhotoShop) was then used to clarify and add a surreal glow to it.
As with any art, some will like and some won't. It is not meant to be a factual documentation but instead using an object in nature to create a visual experience. Sounds pretty uppity for me, but..... I warned you at the very first. :-)
Original was enhanced by PS with a light vignette mask.