22 March 2009

Rainbows and Polar Bears

I don't pretend to be much of a photographer, at all. I take pictures, when I remember. I use either the camera in my cellphone, or a little Elph, and I just point and shoot and hope for the best. I do crop from time to time - in Preview if I'm lazy, in Photoshop if I can wait for it to load. But that's it - I can't be bothered to futz with color or exposure or Gaussian blur.

Last month, on a school break, we went to the Bronx Zoo. And the polar bear wandered around his enclosure, and I took this weird picture with my phone. And I can't say why, but I kind of love it. I liked it on the phone, and I liked it still when I finally downloaded in to the computer. There's a rainbow effect lighting the polar bear from the upper left and it just seems painterly and unreal to me.


Polar bear. Uncropped, unretouched.

37 comments:

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

I thought it was a painting--very cool.

Life in Eden said...

Like it!

flutter said...

that is really really cool

withoutarulebook said...

THAT is a great shot!

Mental P Mama said...

Beautiful...and sad all at the same time.

Anjali said...

You've got to enter that in some sort of contest. It's gorgeous. What a good eye you have.

Kelly said...

Very cool!

Kyddryn said...

It's so dreamy...reminds me of the movie Legend and the lighting they used throughout.

Shade and Sweetwater,
K

Mary G said...

Lovely! It's like music in a minor key; all soft and sort of sad.

Mayberry said...

It's very J.M.W. Turner!

de said...

I was thinking of Turner, too.

We were disappointed that there was no polar bear the last time we visited Roger Williams Zoo. Don't know what happened to it, but it was the star attraction on our previous stop.

daysgoby said...

It looks like an illustration! Very nice!

bernthis said...

are you kidding? that is an amazing photo. Seriously.

Aunt Becky said...

Wicked cool, M. Love that picture.

Janet said...

that rainbow is WICKED!!!

Kyla said...

That is awesome! What a capture.

The LIbrary Lady said...

Looks like a movie poster to me. Nice one.

I LOVE the Bronx Zoo, I grew up about 10 minutes from the Zoo and the Botanical Gardens. Wednesdays used to be free, and my dad used to take Wednesdays off, so we went there a lot. It's a lot more tarted up these days, but it's still a great zoo!

susan said...

I hadn't realized how much I miss the Bronx Zoo. This photo looks so wistful.

Furrow said...

I thought that was an illustration when I clicked in. Cool.

Menopausal musing said...

From "across the pond". . . how the beeping hell did you achieve that without trying?????? HELLO!!!??????? x x

meno said...

Polar bear farts rainbows.

Oh i just had to go and bring it down to bodily humor. I'm sorry. :)

It IS a very cool picture, i thought it was a painting at first.

Mad said...

That's a Grace in Small Things post if ever there was one, no?

Woman in a Window said...

NO way. That's not real. That totally does not look like a picture. I kept waiting for the punchline.

Marty, a.k.a. canape said...

That needs an inspirational quotation and a big black border. You could make posters and make lots of moolah.

Seriously though - it's a cool picture.

LAS said...

What a cool picture! I can't believe it was taken from a cell phone!

Maggie May said...

i think it's fantastic! it looks magical for some reason.

the mama bird diaries said...

Wow. Completely looks like a painting. Super cool photo.

Becky said...

Very nice. It *does* look like a painting.

Schmutzie said...

It reminds of sci-fi/fantasy art, like there should be some buff guy in animal skins entering the scene any second.

Nap Warden said...

Yep...cool picture!

niobe said...

Amazing. Absolutely amazing.

jo(e) said...

Yeah, it is really cool.

cactus petunia said...

It's beautiful!

Kelly said...

Definitely has that painted look. It's lovely.

slouching mom said...

love it. it's like a turner.

Stephanie said...

Very cool shot, especially with a camera phone!

Hip Mom's Guide said...

That IS cool. What a great shot!