Monday, February 1, 2010

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.

Today's post title comes courtesy of Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert. I chose it mostly because I couldn't come up with anything else to plug in there, but I also felt it was at least a little relevant to one of today's images. I certainly wouldn't go so far as to say it's art, but it's definitely a mistake that seemed worth keeping. At least to me, anyway.

To begin things, though, two photos I took this morning as Kaylee and I began our walk. This was looking back toward the sunrise from the edge of the woods:

Next, a shot of the mountain ahead of us as we walked; I liked the contrast of the sky with the mountain as it was lit by the rising sun:

I took this on my way through the parking lot of the local Chinese restaurant as I went to pick up my lunch; the red berries popped out at me as I drove around the first corner:

And now the keeper mistake. As usual, while I took Kaylee for our final walk of the day I attempted to take some photos of the sunset. And again, as usual, they all turned out blurry due to the low light. Today I was also contending with strong winds, particularly as we walked through an area that had been cleared of trees for a housing complex, so that certainly didn't help matters—I could actually feel the wind move my hands as I held the camera. However, as I checked through my photos I found I really liked how this one turned out—it reminded me of the effect you get when a watercolor bleeds into the paper. So I thought it was worth sharing here:

Finally, our Kaylee photo. She likes to taunt me in the morning as I prepare to head to work by falling asleep right in front of me:

Talk about your cruel and unusual punishment, huh?


  1. These are all wonderful. I agree, the blurred sunset is worth keeping.

    I don't always post, but I want you to know that I am enjoying your photographic daily journal very, very much. Just don't tell Ms Kaylee how adorable I think she is. We don't want her to get the big head, after all. Not to mention that my Resident Felines would never let me hear the end of it...

  2. Kaylee is such a scamp! Love the watercolor mistake.


  3. I would absolutely keep the blurred sunset! I adore the redness of the berries against the white snow. Like Snow White's blood when she pricked her finger. (I sure hope I have the right fairy tale.)

    And, Kaylee, awwwwwwwwwwwwwww.

  4. Oooh, I like the fuzzy sunset pic. Kind of like when you half close your eyes, and look through your lashes. If that makes any sense.