Some final shots of the Washington Park tulips

What the Grasshopper Saw. Nikon Df camera, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 lens with Kenko 180° attachment. (c) Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

Earlier this week, I captured a very well-received photo of the Washington Park tulips, as shot from inside the tulip bed.  After much thought and feedback, I decided to fast-track the photo – officially now known as What The Grasshopper Saw – into Competition Season 2017.

And mind you, that was not the only set of photos I took at the park.

See, I also had my little four-lensed Nimslo camera with me on that day, and I realized that flowers – with their delicate, flowing petals – look awesome in a three-dimensional rendering.

So over the weekend, inbetween several other projects on my schedule, I converted the four-lensed strips of film into three-dimensional cinemagraphs.

In each case, I hovered as close to the tulip petals as I possibly could, looking for a specific detailed bloom that would show off full dimensionality.

The nice thing about this little Nimslo shooter is that I can take these photos and convert them into a lenticular print any time I want.  I did that last year with my photo Lauren and the Leaves, which ALMOST got into the New York State Fair.

If I hurry, I could get one of these rendered into a lenticular print and enter it for Competition Season 2017…

Or maybe not.  My thing is, if I’m entering my work in competition, I don’t want to submit several photos with the exact same theme or the exact same concept.  If I added one of these tulip prints as a lenticular print this year, then it would compete with the uniqueness of What The Grasshopper Saw, and I couldn’t feel comfortable with that option.

Plus, I’m already considering another lenticular print, The Horned Dorset, for show, and I don’t need two lenticular prints of mine competing with one another.

Okay … maybe I can take these and turn them into another custom-printed View-Master disc.  That’s a thought.  I did quite well with my first viewing disc, and I’m still looking at options for that as well.

The nice thing about all this … including the awesomeness of these blooms in the digital breeze … is that, for all intents and purposes, I have options available to me.

And the main thing to remember is … through all this … I’m still shooting.  I’m still taking pictures.  I’m still experimenting and I’m still working with whatever I can create.

There is a peacefulness and serenity in photography.  No matter how screwed up your life may be, no matter how many traumas you’ve suffered, no matter how much you just want to go back to bed and sleep for a couple of lifetimes … creating beauty and charm and emotion with the single press of a shutter button is an amazing feeling.

Without this feeling … I have no idea what I wold do with my life.

And I’m not done yet.

I promise you that.