Category Archives: Art

Drawing of a Rose



rose drawing

This drawing of an abstract rose is my first attempt at shooting art. The original is 11″ x 11″ inches, so it wasn’t hard getting the whole image into one shot. I tried the auto-function, but also played with aperture, exposure, flash and so on. Tip: save the image as a .psd before you process it in Photoshop.

There is a link to a great basic tutorial on the resource page where you can get more tips for shooting art. I added a ‘mat’ to the drawing so this rose wouldn’t look like it’s floating. My original drawing actually had a mat, but I got some smudges along the edges which I cropped so I had to add another one. For this image instead of Photoshop I used Graphic Converter which is also an excellent image processing and converting tool and in some instances easier to use.


Levitated Mass



Levitated Mass rock

underneath Levitated Mass
Levitated Mass from below

So here it is, the Levitated Mass at Los Angeles County Museum of Modern Art or LACMA. It’s a 340-ton granite megalith and can be viewed from all sides. In fact the negative space and the slot underneath it are part of the artwork. The artist Michael Heizer had conceived of this installation many years ago and finally succeeded in completing his vision in 2012. If you’re planning on visiting, there are lots of great photo ops at and around this installation, including a beautiful park next door with gorgeous plants and open spaces, the La Brea Tar Pits and the Page Museum.

I read a comment somewhere that stated that this rock is almost as big as one of the boulders used to build the Great pyramids in Egypt – puts it all in perspective, doesn’t it? 😉

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