My words and my pictures. All I have



For the past week I’ve been in an amazingly creative and inspired mood. Maybe it’s because spring makes me happy, maybe it’s because I can officially see graduation in the near horizon, or maybe it just is. I don’t particularly care, I’m just enjoying the ride.

I’ve come up with a great topic for the paper I have to write as the final assignment for Contemporary Lit II, and I’m really excited about it. Mixing e.e. cummings and Ursula Le Guin is one of the coolest crazy things I’ve ever done. And since I’m majoring in sci-fi, I guess the craziness will continue for a long while.

For all those who asked about my mother and sent us their good wishes, thank you. Her surgery went well, and aside from some discomfort she’s doing ok. We’re waiting for the final results, but so far the doctors seem to think there’s nothing else wrong with her, and apparently she will only need preemptive treatment so the nodule doesn’t grow again.

My driving lessons are going better and better. Shifting gears isn’t as hard as I’d thought it’d be, and I find myself enjoying the rides. Most of the time anyway. When I have to practice driving between traffic cones for the upcoming test, I’m reminded of studying Math in high school. And I still have nightmares from time to time where I fail my Math tests. I’m afraid both will haunt me forever.

I’ve spent a week editing these shots, mostly because I came up with different versions of each one and then I couldn’t decide which one I liked best. It happens all the time. These shots were one of those surprises you sometimes get when you download the pictures you’ve just taken. The day was obviously overcast and I was by the sea only because it was warm and I had to read a relatively complex book for college and there was no way I could concentrate at home. I didn’t really expect the shots to turn out well, what with the lack of light and contrast and the high chance of blurry pictures. But when I saw them on the screen, I was stunned. I discovered the unsharp mask in PS and that dealt with the blurriness wonderfully, and it has since become one of my favorite PS features.

I’m still going through the rest of the photos from that day, so expect another post with more of them sometime soon (not too soon though, I’ve got a really busy week ahead of me). I hope you like them, and as usual, thanks for stopping by, liking and commenting!


42 thoughts on “Watercolors

  1. I need some of your creative spark to rub off on me! Don’t worry math tests are no sign of intelligence, you dont need them. I love all these photos in their colors!!

    • I hope some gets transferred by looking at the photos!
      My intelligence is rather abstract, and in spite of what mathematicians claim, I’ve always found numbers too concrete, cold and hard. But I eventually managed to graduate 🙂

  2. These are very beautiful. I am really drawn to the second last image. Beautiful tone and a peaceful stillness to the image. They are fantastic! Glad to hear your mother is getting better/doing well. Long may it continue. Good luck with continuing the lessons and (more) good luck with the final assessment paper. Can’t wait to see more shots…..

    • Thanks, Astra! That’s one of my favorites, too, and also one of the shots that I saved with the Unsharp Mask. I liked the blurry version though, it resembled an impressionistic painting.

  3. Beautiful images, Belen! I especially like #1 and #2. #1 because it has a real feel for the type of day, and #2 because I really like high contrast B&W images. Well done. 🙂

  4. awesome post, pics, and blog!

  5. Very beautiful and serene images!

  6. A very beautiful set of pictures. For me, the weakest is the one with the jetty and the more black and white tones, but the others are just sublime, especially where the Minimalist tone palette decreases to almost nothing – my favourites are second from the bottom (I could become lost in that picture!) and fourth from the bottom (ditto!) – in fact it looks like these two might be the same shot, given different presentation formats >>> the landscape is the one for me – just like an old painting or drawing! Tremendous photography! FATman

  7. Great! The first image is my favourite…

  8. (If your interested) I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. All the details are in my site. Cheers!

  9. Gorgeous images, Belen.

  10. These are amazing photographs. I really like the very neutral tones of the off white and how the sailboat and the background become one. There is such a peaceful feeling in these photographs. I wish I was there.


  11. Glad to hear all is well and that you are almost done with classes. Beautiful images. Love the reflections and the sail boat makes me wish I was on it. 🙂

  12. i can’t wait to see the results from the e.e. cummings and Ursula Le Guin writings should you share them in the future. love the images!

  13. Your pictures do a great job evoking calmness. Great job!

  14. These are great, they all have such a calm, subdued atmosphere to them. The reflections look great as well and reeally add to that atmosphere. Unsharp mask is a lifesaver!

    Glad to hear your Mum is doing better too 🙂

  15. Gorgeous monochromatic…and some great reflections, too! Really nice.

  16. A prairie dweller most of my life, I am just now learning the joys of when the sky meets the sea.

    • I’ve lived by the sea my entire life, spending summers on the beach and now visiting even on winter because of photography. I don’t know if I would be be able to live anywhere else.
      Thanks for visiting my blog!

  17. Oh wow, I could stare at these all day. They are so serene and calming.

    I am glad to read that your Mum is ok.

  18. wow, your work is beautiful! Thank you for sharing..

  19. Wow, nice post… I followed your blog so I can check back 🙂 Thanks for checking out my blog as well!

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