When I first started creating Digital Mandalas, way back at least 15 years ago, I always had a thought that macro images of flowers would probably make killer Digital Mandalas. I also thought that all Digital Mandalas would best be displayed at a large size, like maybe larger then 3 feet in diameter? At that time I didn’t have the proper digital camera equipment to create something that big without the resolution looking pixelated and blurry. Sometimes in abstract images one can use blur to their advantage, but I think there’s a difference between artistic blur and blur created because the image’s resolution has been blown beyond it’s capacity?
So that was the course I set out on, the ultimate goal of finding the camera equipment that would allow me to create decent looking, artistic, macro images of flowers that could ultimately become very large killer Digital Mandalas. I think with this Royal Dahlia set of Digital Mandalas I’ve come a step closer to that goal? The Digital Mandala above was created from the macro image of a Royal Dahlia flower, see image below. I can get in closer, and I have on some flowers, but with this particular dahlia flower and it’s petal design, this is probably one of the better angles to be at for an outstanding Digital Mandala image. What do you think? I think I need to improve my resolution a little better? But, this Digital Mandala should be clear and sharp when printed up to 4 feet in diameter? I’m not a printer expert, it’s hard for me to visualize converting my digital files to print? This will be printed up soon and I think it’s colorful design would look awesome and a large white wall somewhere?
On Sept. 27, next month, I’ll be publishing my 1000th Digital Mandala post on the Daily Digital Mandala blog. This post is part of a series celebrating that accomplishment. Celebrating and looking back at having created that many Digital Mandalas, I think that is quite amazing? This Royal Dahlia set of Digital Mandalas is one of the most recent sets I’ve created from a digital image taken just last month. While creating this set and reminiscing about all 1000 Digital Mandala, I remembered having this thought about macro images of flowers making killer Digital Mandalas from a long time ago.
At the end of this year, after publishing nearly 1100 daily posts, it is with sad regret to announce that I will be retiring the Digital Mandala blog. The blog hasn’t caught on very well with followers, the average number of daily visitors is zero. But more importantly, I’m out of fresh stock! In order to satisfy the demand of a blog posting daily I have to create 365 Digital Mandalas every year. It’s taken me 15 years to accumulate 3 years supply to post on this blog. 15 years to create 1100 Digital Mandalas. I thought about recycling back to the beginning of my supply and posting for another 3 years? But the blog isn’t getting enough support, visitors per day, to make it worth the time it takes to pull that off? It’s possible that I may start back at the beginning of my Digital Mandala supply and posting weekly? But we will make final decisions between now and the end of the year. But there could be others things coming up with the Digital Mandala designs? So stay tuned and you’ll hear what’s going to happen soon.
It’s been a little over 4 years now since I’ve been creating posts for this blog! I knew at the very beginning that I wasn’t an awesome photographer, but I figured I had promise and was eager to become at least a decent photography. It was my objective to post images mainly for myself so I could look back on my posts and see the progress I make toward creating better images.
I kind of figured I’d pick up a few followers along the way? I have a few followers but none of them ever actually visit my blog. I average zero (0) visitors per day. Unless WordPresses algorithms aren’t accurately recording the number of visits to my blog, which would be a major concern of mine, but I have no way of actually verifying the number of visitors on a daily basis, so I guess I would never know whether WordPress is inaccurately recording the number of visitors to my blog? I don’t see why WordPress wouldn’t want an accurate picture of visitors to the blogs they host? But my average number of visitors remains at zero. That means that occasionally I might get a visitor or two on my blog, but most days I get zero visits. It’s good thing I’m only doing this for myself, because I’m sure not very successful at it. Probably because I remain a crappy photographer. I keep trying though.
Case in point, my last blog post telling a Caterpillar Story about crawling on a Kousa Dogwood Bract. Are these images perfect? Probably not, but I think they are pretty cool anyway. But judging from the response I got on the post, namely only 4 people have actually “liked” that post. I figured that post would blow up with it’s cuteness? But far from it. Fewer than zero number of visitors stopped by my blog to check that post out. So essentially, no one except for me is liking my photography. That kind of hurts.
Anyway, this is where I stand right now 4 years after starting this blog. and a little under 3 years in posting on my 2 Quote A Flower and Daily Digital Mandala blogs. All three generate an average of zero visitors per day. As I posted a few weeks back on my Marching Towards 1000 Mandalas post, I’m coming up on having created 1000 Digital Mandalas. This is something I’m pretty proud anyway, even if no on else is. I just think that’s impressive but praise for that achievement I will not get. Because nobody will know about it. Anyway, the image above is from that collection of 1000 Digital Mandalas. It’s one of my favorites. From a digital image of a bee hovering over a Sea Holly flower. I’m a little under 50 posts away from 1000 posts on the Daily Digital Mandala Blog. I should be posting my 1000th Digital Mandala on Sept 27th next month. I’m looking forward to it, but I’m afraid it’s going to be a less than stellar celebration, because nobody else cares.
A few of you already know about two other blogs that I facilitate. What you are reading now is my website/blog/portfolio where I share the digital images that I create and write what hopefully are fun posts. I also facilitate two other blogs that are both similar in nature to each other. They both feature original art work created at the Emerald Studio in Portland, OR. The Digital Mandala blog features circular images that I create from many of the images I find with the digital camera and combines them with an inspirational quote. The 2 Quote A Flower blog is similar with the idea of having quotes, but instead features digital images of flowers, hence the name.
I created these blogs about two an a half years ago as tool to share the images that I find in my daily travels with the world. I figured it would be a great way to show the transition in images associated with my growth in photography. Through my journey toward broadening my photography skills, its kind of nice to have a record that shows that growth. Plus, with all the challenges to today’s world, I just wanted to provide an atmosphere where you can take a break and perhaps bring a little bit of beauty into your life? Especially in our internet lives. Many times we don’t take the time to stop and admire the beauty that surrounds us. Many times it’s the same when we’re rushing down the street past a beautiful flower. Many time we miss the beauty all together. And, some of you are saying to yourself right now, “It’s a flower!” But it’s more than just a flower really. It’s taking a moment to stop and smell the flower, it’s about simply taking that moment to stop and take a break in our lives. To reflect on what we are doing to the World, and how we are impacting the atmosphere around us. Both of these blogs put out a post daily.
On September 27th I will reach post number 1000 on both blogs. Which means I will have posted for 1000 days in a row, which means over the last 15 years I’ve created 1000 Digital Mandalas. While I’m equally impressed that 2 Quote A Flower will be reaching 1000 posts, really it’s easy to post a picture of a flower online. Take the picture, do some editing, and post it to share. It’s pretty simply. The hard work is creating the image in the first place. But with the Digital Mandalas I’ve created over the past 15 years, I’ve had to spend a little time putting those together. I usually create them in families of 8, simply because they come from a circle within the original image, with each Digital Mandala made of an 1/8 pie slice of that circle that means there are 8 pieces from this original circle, so I go ahead and create a family of 8. It takes a little bit of time to do this. Plus, taking into account editing and all the background work put into the creation of a Digital Mandala. There’s a little bit of time investment associated with creating over 1000 Digital Mandalas.
Well, now that I’ve created such a huge body of work. To be honest, many of them are humble in their on regard. Not a lot of them stand out, but some of them are absolutely beautiful. Rather than thinking of each one individually, right now I want to recognize the effort put forth in the creation of these 1000 images. I’m reminded of the Japanese tale of creating 1000 paper cranes and being granted a wish that would come true after completion.
I want a wish! And I have 100 days to come up with that wish. I’m initiating a campaign toward 1000 Digital Mandalas. I’ll continue making posts here on my Emerald Studio website, perhaps featuring a few of my favorite Digital Mandalas over the years and if I remember, explaining how it came about. Meanwhile the Daily Digital Mandala blog will keep chucking toward the day of Daily Digital Mandala 1000 with a release daily. And on that day I will reveal what my wish will be.
So onward we go. 100 days to 1000 Digital Mandalas. I hope you get a chance to visit the blog. All 1000 are there waiting for you to discover and appreciate. Go on then, stop by and spend some time checking them out. Be on the lookout for some posts that I make here in my own personal journey toward this goal. And at the risk of being called a tease, be on the lookout for what my wish will be on Sept. 27th.
I end every post I’ve put on this blog with the word Peace. I try and end every conversation I have with the word Peace. Because I believe we need more Peace the the world.
There’s just something about the challenge of photographing Tulips? While a good external profile image can be enjoyable. There’s just something about catching the light at the most appropriate moment and exploring inside the Tulip flower.
Here are three of my favorites from recently.
Plus, the different focus planes inside this flower can be a challenge. Just some of the different planes in these images include; the stamens, pistils, the tips of the petals, the base of the petals. I’ve found that I haven’t come across a good image as yet, when focusing on the tips of the petals?
Then you have the lighting. The inside of most Tulips can almost be cavernous, hence images from inside tend to be dark and not very compelling. But catch the flower at the perfect time of day, with the sun shining through? Hmm, The colors are amazing. But sometimes you can come away from the flower with a good image using a flash. The third image above can be found in this category.
Hope you enjoy? Share some color with a friend today.
I was bored the other day and wanted to create. But I also knew I had to exercise too, at a little bit. So I went for a walk in Laurelhurst Park down the street. While on my walk, I suddenly realized that I was collecting leaves from off the ground. I was pinking up the ones that had freshly fallen. I walked all over the park for a little while, and collected leaves. I should have brought a bag to keep them in, I must have looked silly will all those colorful leaves in my hands. But I didn’t care. I suddenly found myself on a mission. I brought the leaves to my home studio and started taking pictures. I organized them into a collage, which suddenly sounds oxy-moronic? I was just practicing taking pictures. These are just a few samples of what I came up with. I hope you like. There’s 15 in the collection all together. To see them all, visit my Instagram Portfolio. Become a follower while you’re at it, why not?
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This is what I found when I walked by a Sugar Maple Tree this morning. It was quite a mesmerizing experience to me. Oh My, the red colors. Up close, and far away, this tree produces some electrifying red tones, striking from just about every angle. I hope you like this weeks selection of images, in celebration of Autumn 2015.
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