5 replies on “Sentinel”

hello Loren, The prof for my modern poetry class at UMUC (University of Maryland University College) has your site as part of his online lectures. I wish to tell you how very much I appreciate your thoughts and analysis on poetry, as well as your photography and poetry. This photo is very well composed. I also work with photoshop to work my photography. thank you. mic harper

Ah, you’ve already amended it. I wish I’d kept a copy of the other to compare to it. I don’t know if it’s better, but I don’t think it’s worse. Your photos lately look very painterly. Is that typical of the program you’re using or just of the effects you’re fond of in Photoshop?

I guess it depends on which photos you’re talking about, Ron.

On the cherry blossom pictures I applied an artistic effect called Sumi-e “strokes.”

Sometimes on others I’ve “softened” the edges in order to blend various photos together. On some, like the hiking ones I haven’t done anything other than adding myself to the picture.

And, truthfully, I’ve adjusted most of the photos more than once after I’ve posted them, just as I sometimes went back and revised poems until they sounded right to me.

In the “Sentinel” case I added the wrecked car found on the same part of the beach where the other picture was taken because it somehow seemed to fit the theme of loss and destruction I was suggesting in the original.