This is just a small portion of what is a monumental collection of duck decoys that the collector has been accumulating for most of his life. These were on a shelf in an old general store where the person stores many of his decoys. They look a bit askew as they were placed there while he was rearranging. But the collection does not end there-walk in the house and you will see them everywhere-on fireplace mantles, tops of cabinets and chests. If you suffer from Anatidaephobia, or the fear of being watched by ducks, then this is definitely not the place for you.

Decoys are considered by many to be works of art, and in Currituck County, old-timers can look at a decoy and tell you who made it by simply looking at the markings, type of duck, shape and colors. Working there, I grew to appreciate the craftsmanship and talent that went into the making of these treasures. Many are made of wood, but there are those made of wood and canvas too like the duck on the top shelf. The tags you see here are the numbers corresponding to an inventory. My favorites are those of the swans- they are amazing to behold. And I learned that duck decoys are not cheap-good decoys by an unknown can cost as much as a thousand dollars and I saw a pair of decoys from the 1930s in one house I visited that were estimated at 25,000 dollars. And if they are pocked, even better-it shows that the decoy was really used for hunting.

When I return in the fall, I hope to get more pictures of the collection.

Image taken with iPhone 5s and processed with Dramatic B&W

For today: Decoys



Out in the Back

To close out the month, I thought I would concentrate on black and white apps. These are toadstools nestled near the bottom of an old oak in the back yard. I used Perfect B&W which offers 18 presets of different black and white filters as well as films. 

Image taken with iPhone 5s and processed with Perfect B&W using the Machine filter.

For today: Toadstools



Add Water

to a Leonardo app and you can come up with some interesting stuff-this photograph is of water running down the curb from a heavy rainstorm. I was not sure what to do with it, so ran it through Leonardo-

Image taken with iPhone 5s

For today: Rain Running

Running Rain

Running Rain

Running Rain Leonardo

Running Rain Leonardo

Nothing Fancy

sorry-trying to make a deadline and I took some photos of melons using Photogene presets taken while at the store today.

Unknown Worlds

Another attempt working with Leonardo, this time with three different images. Two of the images came from Greenock Farms and the other, courtesy of Currituck Sound.

I have been working off and on with my Dreamscape series and I thought this might be an opportunity to experiment some using that theme-

So here are the three images I worked with:

And this is the final image-


Dreamscape #6

Dreamscape #6

In the end, I think what I wanted to convey was the sense I have when I visit here to take pictures in that I am surrounded by this absolutely abundant and beautiful landscape-as I walk along the fields of buttercups and grass I am not just sharing the space with the horses I see, but with those that I cannot. And that perhaps those horses still walk the fields and watch us. I also like to think that one of them is my friend’s horse Rowdy. As I look at the image now, I am thinking that perhaps a more flesh-and-blood looking horse should be in the picture too, but I do not know. I need to think about that.

Image taken with iPhone 5s and processed with Leonardo and Pic-Tap-Go-

For today: Dreamscape #6


A quick post for today–a revisit to the mirror filter on Leonardo for these crêpe myrtle blooms that fell to the sidewalk-

Image taken with iPhone 5s and processed with Leonardo

For today: Kaleidoscope



Revisiting the Sound

with the help of Leonardo again-

One of the things that I most want to get a better handle on in using this app is working with layers and collage. When working with my Nikon, I relied heavily on the use of textures and layers to create my images in Photoshop. I am hoping to work more towards developing similar techniques using Leonardo on the iPhone.

So today I pulled out an image of the ferry piers at Currituck Sound that I had not used and set to work.

Here is the original:

Ferry Piers 1

Ferry Piers 1

Clearly this is one of the first shots I took that early morning because as you can see-there are a few problems. So I cropped out the dock and the end of the ferry pier dock to the left. I just wanted the single piers which are to me reminiscent of sentinels watching over the sound. Next I decided to use a photograph I had taken of clouds over the sound:

Sound Clouds

Sound Clouds

And here is where it is alternately fun and frustrating. I next combined both images as layers and added a texture as well as some slight distortion to the mix so I ended up with this:

Ferry Piers 3

Ferry Piers 3

I decided to run it through Snapseed using the HDR filter and came up with this final image:

Ferry Piers

Ferry Piers

For now, it is a start-I suspect I will rework this off and on as I am not sure this is exactly what I was looking for, though it has an interesting dreamy quality I think. But again, the point of the exercise was to begin to get more familiar with Leonardo and its amazing abilities to create layers and collage images. Also, the app has good tutorials that help explain what its capabilities are which is really great. I think too it would help to work on a bigger *canvas* so hopefully an iPad is in my future soon-

For today: Piers on the Sound



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