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Have you ever been editing your photographs and found “hidden things” that you didn’t know where there when you took the photo?
In the photo West Coast Winter above, I discovered that I had unknowingly captured two bald eagles on the crest of one of the fir trees. I had heard the eagles calling when I was shooting but I hadn’t seen them. To see them you will need to go to full resolution image and click large view – and even then they are small and blurry. But they are there. Also on the left of the image about ¼ of the way down there is an eagle nest.
Because these hidden things are not the focal point of the image, I don’t usually tell people about them. I leave them to discover (or not) on their own.
Sometimes hidden things are in my writing, painting as well. These are often patterns, colour or word usage, and perspectives that others have observed. I might not even be aware of these elements. I find it useful to ask what others have noticed in my work to discover aspects of my creative process that I might be hidden things to me.
Sprout Question: When was the last time you asked someone whose opinion you value and trust what they notice in your work?
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