Sunday, February 1, 2015

Image of the Month: February 2015

When Fish Fly

© 2012, Joanne Scherf

I’ve heard of “when pigs fly”; but “when fish fly” ?  This example of hyperbolic figure of speech, so familiar in American lexicon, often conveys and insinuates a complete impossibility that will never happen.  So you can imagine my amusement when I looked out my window from a small, boutique hotel in the quaint town of Culpeper, Virginia and saw beautiful copper fish flying skyward amidst a perfect backdrop of blue sky mixed with puffy white clouds.  Aside from the occasional horizontal arm that suspended the fish in mid-air, which by the way was often overlooked, the flying fish looked perfectly natural in the crisp October sky. 

From a photographic composition this image doesn’t send shockwaves throughout the creative stratosphere, but it does remind one to relish the moment and enjoy the fantasy when reality is suspended for even just a moment.  I did however indulge in minor post-production wizardry and add selective white vignette to soften the corners and further add a sensation of being in the clouds along with the crazy fish.

So, note to self.  Enjoy the crazy opportunities when your eye catches a whimsical, tongue-in-cheek moment that perhaps may be the highlight of a typical, mundane day. And thank your lucky stars you had a camera to catch it.