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Inversion - Ft Gaines - Just For Fun

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A friend and mentor that some of us still miss, Jim Hill, once led a discussion about inversion as a creative tool. I haven't done much with that since, but one of my Ft Gaines pictures for some reason made me think of it.

The picture itself was less than what I wanted, partly because I couldn't get at an angle I wanted in the closed up little tunnel. I probably could've done a little better if I'd brought an ultra wide lens on the trip. So here's the original and a fun play. All comments welcome, edits are welcome too.
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minniev wrote:A friend and mentor that some of us still miss, Jim Hill, once led a discussion about inversion as a creative tool. I haven't done much with that since, but one of my Ft Gaines pictures for some reason made me think of it.

The picture itself was less than what I wanted, partly because I couldn't get at an angle I wanted in the closed up little tunnel. I probably could've done a little better if I'd brought an ultra wide lens on the trip. So here's the original and a fun play. All comments welcome, edits are welcome too.


I really like this technique and have used it many times (especially for trees in winter after they lose their leaves). By using the technique here, you have transformed the crack in the wall into a bolt of electricity that seems to have also electrified the floor. The original had some interest; but the inverted image has much more impact. I like it a lot.
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Erich's suggestion of bolt of electricity is perfect. The discernible window and perhaps recognizable door (I'm not sure if I'd know if I hadn't seen the original, but probably) are a great contrast of real vs. fantasy. Love it! (oh and that the bolt originates at the recognizable overhead light is super-cool all itself)
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minniev wrote:A friend and mentor that some of us still miss, Jim Hill, once led a discussion about inversion as a creative tool. I haven't done much with that since, but one of my Ft Gaines pictures for some reason made me think of it.

The picture itself was less than what I wanted, partly because I couldn't get at an angle I wanted in the closed up little tunnel. I probably could've done a little better if I'd brought an ultra wide lens on the trip. So here's the original and a fun play. All comments welcome, edits are welcome too.

I miss Jim and pray he's doing well!

I also wanted to look up inversion and inversion as a creative tool and came across this How Thinking in Reverse Can Make You More Creative.

I'm curious, in this context is inversion the reverse of the image, it's negative, or is there more involved in the process? S-
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ErichBrunner wrote:
minniev wrote:A friend and mentor that some of us still miss, Jim Hill, once led a discussion about inversion as a creative tool. I haven't done much with that since, but one of my Ft Gaines pictures for some reason made me think of it.

The picture itself was less than what I wanted, partly because I couldn't get at an angle I wanted in the closed up little tunnel. I probably could've done a little better if I'd brought an ultra wide lens on the trip. So here's the original and a fun play. All comments welcome, edits are welcome too.


I really like this technique and have used it many times (especially for trees in winter after they lose their leaves). By using the technique here, you have transformed the crack in the wall into a bolt of electricity that seems to have also electrified the floor. The original had some interest; but the inverted image has much more impact. I like it a lot.
erich

Thanks Erich, my intent was to make the scene "electric". I wondered about adding something to the scene, and may yet - a dark small figure crouching in the shadows - just to see if I could...
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LindaShorey wrote:Erich's suggestion of bolt of electricity is perfect. The discernible window and perhaps recognizable door (I'm not sure if I'd know if I hadn't seen the original, but probably) are a great contrast of real vs. fantasy. Love it! (oh and that the bolt originates at the recognizable overhead light is super-cool all itself)


It was intended to look "electric" , then I removed some of the texture so there wouldn't be all that detail to compete with the lightning bolt and its' effect. This stuff can be so much fun!
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St3v3M wrote:
minniev wrote:A friend and mentor that some of us still miss, Jim Hill, once led a discussion about inversion as a creative tool. I haven't done much with that since, but one of my Ft Gaines pictures for some reason made me think of it.

The picture itself was less than what I wanted, partly because I couldn't get at an angle I wanted in the closed up little tunnel. I probably could've done a little better if I'd brought an ultra wide lens on the trip. So here's the original and a fun play. All comments welcome, edits are welcome too.

I miss Jim and pray he's doing well!

I also wanted to look up inversion and inversion as a creative tool and came across this How Thinking in Reverse Can Make You More Creative.

I'm curious, in this context is inversion the reverse of the image, it's negative, or is there more involved in the process? S-


I converted it to monochrome with some fairly high contrast maneuvering of sliders, then took it to Photoshop to invert the image. Then I flipped it and added a layer to reduce the details in the brickwork. It was about 20 minutes worth of play all together.

Thanks for an interesting read on the larger implications of inversion and its creative use. Sometimes we miss the secrets that are hiding in our work, waiting to be discovered and used creatively. There are SO many ways to make and edit and display a photograph, and while I can appreciate a well done SOOC image, I enjoy just as much a creatively interpreted image that started with a SOOC photograph and then journeyed down some other road.
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minniev wrote:... Sometimes we miss the secrets that are hiding in our work, waiting to be discovered and used creatively. ....

So true, so very true! S-
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