Manifestations of Beauty: the Esalen Lily

 

Manifestations of Beauty: the Esalen Lily

Edited and Lovely photo of Esalen Lily.

Edited and Lovely photo of Esalen Lily.
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Above are the  two final versions  of “my manifestations of beauty: the Esalen Lily.” Click on the “next” and “back” arrows to see both pictures. Be sure to see the full sized image on any photo by simply clicking on the photo. To close the full sized image click the x at the top of the photo. I hope you enjoy these photos from Esalen Institute on the Monterey Peninsula. These photos were taken in March 2014 on my iphone camera.

Original Photo:

Original Color photo of Esalen Lily.

Original Color photo of Esalen Lily.
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This is the original photo. I wanted to just emphasize the lily and therefore removed everything from the photo except the lily and provided it the black background. This resulted in the photo below.

Edited Color Photo:

Edited and Lovely photo of Esalen Lily.

Edited and Lovely photo of Esalen Lily.
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I love this photo!  The curves, the texture, the lines, the black background,  the orange stamen,  the awesome  breath taking beauty of it all.  A moment captured in a garden, in the sunshine, with the sound of waves in the background.

Edited Black and White Photo:

Edited and Lovely Lily Black and White

Edited and Lovely Lily Black and White
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I love this photo even more!  All color distractions are now gone. The shape, the texture, the curves, the straight lines all elegantly gorgeous.

General Information on my manifestations of beauty blog posts:

Beauty dances in many forms,  in many manifestations,   for example, over time a caterpillar becomes a larvae  becomes a butterfly.  This is beauty observed through time.
Yet  Beauty can also be a single moment, a single photograph. Single moment beauty can viewed through many different filters.  The same beauty, the same moment,  seen differently,  With each filter bringing out a different aspect  of the unspeakable and multilayered  beauty in each object.

I have been red green colorblind all my life, I see the world differently than those who are not colorblind. I often wonder how they see. Perhaps because of this, I love taking the same photograph and looking at it through different filters using programs like aperture, Lightroom, and Photoshop.

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