I think one of the reasons we are drawn to create is because we enjoy getting into that state we call the creative flow. It can be quite elusive, either on a daily basis, or as our lives go through ups and downs. I know I struggle to get into the flow these days. It can be hard to find the right time, or place, to do so.
A couple of days ago, I decided I needed to get out of my friend’s house and go hang in the park in Ashland for a few hours. I had this great idea that I would go down to the creek in Lithia park, to cool off and take photos. I drove back, deep into the park, and found a spot away from everyone. As I got down to the water, I decided I would hop along some rocks until I found something interesting to shoot. I ended up just sitting on a boulder in the middle of the creek. I was literally sitting in the flow, which, I think, helped me get into my own creative flow rather easily. The sound of the water rushing by blocked out any noise from people that walked along the nearby road.
For a while, I played with mirrorgram, creating symmetrical images. Then, I opened up Diana Photo, an app that makes double exposure images incredibly easy to create. It was free a while back, so I grabbed it when I had the chance. I had played with it a couple times, but not enough to decide if I liked it or not. Well, after a couple of hours flew by, while playing with the app, I can say that I do enjoy it now.
You can choose two images to blend, or you can randomly let the app choose for you. You can also lock in one image, and let the app randomly choose a second. This was one of the random one’s. Diana Photo does a great job of creating pleasing compositions. There are also a lot of cool filters to choose from.
The first image is a combination of a beach shot from Bandon, Oregon, and the subway in NY. When I shared this shot with a friend, she thought I was some sort of master editor haha. I had to come clean and tell her the app did all the heavy lifting. And by heavy lifting, I mean everything other than take the photos.
The second image is clearly a close up of a rose and a shot of a goose in some water. I thought the two went well together.
The third image was a shot from a foggy forest in the Santa Cruz mountains, and the lake or pond out in Sessions Woods in Connecticut, with a bunch of lily pads. Again, the blend relaly well together, and the colors seem to help them mesh. The foggy forest image was actually a black and white shot, but you can’t even tell, thanks to the filter.
What do you think? Are you excited to try the app out yourself now? I swear its easier than you can imagine.