Monday, May 1, 2017

If It's Spring . . .

by Dotti

. . . it must be time for diptychs!

What is a diptych? Merriam-Webster says:

  1. 1 :  a 2-leaved hinged tablet folding together to protect writing on its waxed surfaces
  2. 2 :  a picture or series of pictures (such as an altarpiece) painted or carved on two hinged tablets
  3. 3 :  a work made up of two matching parts

Our friend Susan Licht is once again inviting Facebook friends and Instagram friends to share spring-themed diptychs the week of May 8-12. Susan did this last spring and again in the fall. It’s a wonderful opportunity to help you change your thinking and perspective and rekindle the passion in your photography venture.

There is a Diptych Group on Facebook that you can join and it can be found here. The group requests that we post only one diptych per day.

On Instagram (where you can probably post as many as you like) the hashtag is #weekofdiptychs.

For those of you who might be new to using and making diptychs or just want some inspiration, here is a great article from our friends at Digital Photography School.

I love diptychs! They always help me resurrect my moribund photography. Creating diptychs pushes me to see things differently, it helps me to think differently when I have the camera in my hands. It’s a wonderful storytelling tool. I have created and saved templates in the print module in Lightroom and it’s easy-peasy to create a diptych (or any mosaic) in a moment’s time. You can make them in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements as well.

If you’re shooting with your phone there are numerous apps that allow you to create diptychs. My go-to is Diptic but there are plenty of others. Be sure to share your favorite in our comments today. And you can create diptychs right within Instagram.

So, what are you waiting for? I’m going to start looking for diptych opportunities . . . as soon as the wind stops blowing.  [insert eye roll] Sometimes I feel like I live in Oklahoma.

Also, for those who haven’t heard, Tracey Clark is offering a “Picture Spring” class. The “Picture” series that Tracey started seven years ago (!) is where many friendships began, including those of us who contribute here at FOL. So take a look, you might find it interesting. I guarantee you’ll find inspiration, fun and new friends!


AFishGirl said...

Beautiful shots, Dotti, I always enjoy your diptychs. Lilacs are blooming well there. We are so far away from that I can't even ponder it but it gives me hope to see yours. I'm really excited about "Picture Spring." Seven years ago, can you believe it? Somehow it brought this video to mind and I had to watch it again.

Susan Licht said...

Oh wow, these diptychs are just gorgeous! Thank you for sharing our little project, Dotti and thanks also for the "Picture Spring" class info...just signed up! This will be a fun month!

Jeanne said...

Great post Dotti! Really enjoyed it, and gives me something new and fun to think about!!

Anonymous said...

What a fantastic way to jump into the Spring mode of taking photos... Definitely something I want to try! Your photos are gorgeous, thanks for sharing!

Cathy H. said...

I'm so glad Susan is continuing the diptych week! I remember how much I enjoyed the last one. Can't wait! I'm always amazed at your beautiful diptychs. You have a great knack for paring pictures together.

heyjudephotography said...

Dotti, these photos! Stunning! I love Susan's diptychs and will try to join in.

kelly said...

there is nothing like a community photography project to uplift and inspire! count me in!

Sandra said...

Wonderful diptychs on this posting. I especially love the dogwood! I don't post on Facebook or on Instagram, but I can do them just for me and put them up on Flickr where I am used to posting my photos! I do love group projects though!

terriporter said...

I saw a glimpse of this post early this morning and have been anxiously waiting for time to sit down at my computer and reply! Last year I started this project but didn't finish. I'm determined to do better this time around and you have provided such beautiful inspiration! Those dogwoods . . . sigh. As far as Picture Spring, I can't wait to all meet up there again! May is going to be beautiful!

Sarah Huizenga said...

Excited for Susan's week of diptychs. I missed it in the fall. I am ready to look at things differently!

Liz said...

Your diptychs are fabulous Dotti! They have me longing for Spring in my part of the world.

cheryl Crotty said...

This is a beautiful post your header and all the info you put out here...dips are such a fun thing to do occassionaly
Thanks for sharing.

debc said...

I can see how this would be a photo challenge ... Make me think differently about photographing since the end result would be a two-set.

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