The Wonderful World of Water Color: Part 3

I have to admit that I’m really enjoying this series. It’s different for me and sometimes, scratch that, often times you need to change things up so you don’t get stuck in habits. A fresh perspective is worth the…

I have to admit that I’m really enjoying this series. It’s different for me and sometimes, scratch that, often times you need to change things up so you don’t get stuck in habits. A fresh perspective is worth the effort because our habits have a way of gradually turning our passion perfunctory.

I don’t know if anyone has caught the direction I’m taking this but my grand idea with the various colors here is to create a pop art piece with them. I’ve spent a little time working on it and I think Andy Warhol would feel sufficiently imitated. That’s not really my goal, however. I’m more interested in creating a dynamic color palette that illustrates how different the same subject can be by variances in hue.

In the time I’ve spent working on these abstract images, I’ve taken to finding things in the shapes of light on the rippling water. It’s a lot like watching clouds except these shapes won’t change on you. Has anyone else done this or is it just me?

Late last night I posted on our Excursions Blog about some things to look for soon based largely on the great feedback we received through our survey. I also took a moment to rant about people stealing photos and not giving credit to photographers or other creatives for their work. I won’t rant again tonight but I do want to share a reminder about the correct use of our images. I feel somewhat at fault for how many times I’ve seen our images around the internet without credit because it’s not a topic we touch on very often. Undoubtedly, some good people have shared our pictures outside the scope of their intended use due to ignorance.

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The reflection of Mickey's Fun Wheel in Paradise Bay at Disney California Adventure

About Matt Hansen

Matt is a photographer and designer based in San Diego. When he’s not working, he's charting his next adventure over coffee or craft beer.
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  1. I am really loving these photos! I love the shapes in the ripples of the water. It is an image I can sit and look at, and want to sit and look at, for more than just a passing glance. Thank you for your perspective and for sharing it with all of us!


  2. They look like small flames.


  3. Look up the photographer Jeff Grandy. He does incredible water photography similar to this.


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