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The Greatest Work of Art in the World

It’s possible you walked right past it.  It’s always amazing to me what I run past almost daily.  It’s scenes like this:

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ISO 25 4.15mm f2.2 1/2200 sec

Or this:

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#frost and #sun on my morning #run #nofilter #photography

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These two photos represent to me the greatest art in the world, art that occurs in nature.  Don’t get me wrong, I love going to art galleries or churches and looking at beautiful works of art, but you can’t beat what you walk past every day.

These photos were taken within minutes of each other yet have a very different feel to them.  The first, which has been edited, is moodier despite the warm tone of the sky.  Here is what the original photo looked like:

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ISO 25 4.15mm f2.2 1/2200 sec

A cooler tone, but more distracting elements in the lower left and right of the photo.  I used Photoshop, the healing brush tool, to remove them.  I then used the Analog pro plug in in Lightroom and applied a filter that warmed the photo up and also introduced the grain that you can see in the final image.  There is a vignette in the corners that I think is most obvious in the lower corners.  This version I posted to my Picfair portfolio.

The Instagram photo, well it’s an Instagram photo.  What I mean by that is that photos I post there tend to be more casual and everyday.  I like the light in the photo. I think it works well in Instagram’s square format too.  It isn’t a photo that I would put in a more formal setting though because part of the plant, the part that is closest to the viewer, is out of focus.  I could get all high and mighty and tell you haughtily that “It’s art!” but the reality is that it is distracting.  I like it, but I’m not going to edit it.

Do you have a favorite among the images? Are you on Instagram, I am @marantophotography if you’d like to stop by there. Do you have a favorite work of art?  Feel free to leave a comment below.



38 thoughts on “The Greatest Work of Art in the World

  1. Again, wonderful work with the healing brush. Very seamless cutting out of the lower branch. It is an exciting tool and hopefully I get to play around with it at some point 🙂 I actually like the first photo a lot, the final edit one. Love the warmth shining through and love how you emphasised that straight ray of light to the foreground. Looks like you took it with a relatively high shutter speed – maybe the plant was swaying in the breeze a bit?

    “you can’t beat what you walk past every day.” So well said. A lot of the time a lot of what we walk past each day gives us comfort, and I feel so drawn with your final image and the IG one 🙂

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  2. Amy, gosh that Instagram photo looks like there is a whole world just in that one empty floral structure. And I love that your thoughts parallel mine in “How to Listen to a Rock,” thoughts from last summer. Wonderful images!! Do you have a routine for going out to shoot, certain times of day, etc.? Would love to hear. 🙂

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    • I wouldn’t say I have a routine other than I try to always have at least one camera on me. In my case that’s an iPhone, a point and shoot, and a Canon 50D. I always have one, but rarely all three with me. The other thing I think about a lot, or more accurately perhaps remember, is just to be mindful. My life takes me a lot of places, ordinary and not so ordinary, I try to think about capturing an image wherever I happen to be. It’s just about practice, when I get home I can always throw images away (and I do that a lot) and then keep and process the ones that mean something to me.

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  4. wow – your title and opening words were potent.
    so true
    so true
    so true
    nature offers the greatest art – and I could feel your inner joy – so thanks for that

    and my fav here is the edited – moodier – photo –
    thanks for the little nature walk today

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  5. I really like your more “casual” Instagram photo as well as your edited photo above with its warmer tones. It is so true that we pass by so many tiny wonders, masterpieces of art that we can only replicate. As we wander about our corners of the world, it is such a delight to remain mindful to these little extravagances we are given for free.

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