Jamie Carrier  

Where's Mickey? by Jamie Carrier

January 2020 - Where's Mickey?

About the Image(s)

We were in the Tetons in December. One of our favorite places at this time of year is Signal Mountain. We used to be able to go to the boat dock where we could get beautiful reflections of the mountains on Jackson Lake. This time we had to settle for a different location. While the mountains were right in front of me, I looked down to find all these beautiful crystals covering something....I'm not sure what. The formations of rolling bumps fascinated me, especially this grouping where I found mouse ears like Mickey's. I switched to Black and White and found I liked it better. I wonder what you think.

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8 comments posted

Alison McMahan   Alison McMahan
Wow, Jamie, you definitely have an eye, especially for what I would call abstract art. I don't really read the bumps as Mickey ears, but the round images are definitely sensuous, with the sharp icicles(?) a contrast to that.
The image seems a little blurry to me. I wonder if you could sharpen it by playing with sliders in Photoshop like dehaze or clarify.
I'm also wondering what it would look like with a blue tone. The black and white works well. These are just thoughts.
A really interesting image!
  Posted: 01/11/2020 13:56:49

Andrew Hersom   Andrew Hersom
I didn't see Mickey either. The foreground, in particular, looks a bit soft. What f stop and shutter speed do you use?
I would be tempted to crop the left hand side and foreground out.   Posted: 01/12/2020 03:58:10
Jamie Carrier   Jamie Carrier
It's just the ears of Mickey and a little bit of his head. For some reason, that's the first thing I saw.   Posted: 01/12/2020 07:41:44

Henry Roberts   Henry Roberts
Jamie, observant catch of the ice crystals and yes black and white is the way to go!

I would also say another variation would result if you cropped off 1/3rd of the bottom and right side. My wife commented that it would be a good frog face with two protruding eyes.   Posted: 01/14/2020 10:19:46
Jamie Carrier   Jamie Carrier
I like that....frog face! I'll work with the cropping as well.
Funny thing, I submitted this to my club's monthly competition, and I'm happy to say it got Award of Merit (2nd place), but that's not my point. A member came up to me afterward and said, "I love the image, what's with the title?" It's all in the eye of the beholder as that's the first thing I saw...mouse ears hiding. Gives me a smile. I do see the frog and like that equally!!!   Posted: 01/14/2020 10:35:11
Henry Roberts   Henry Roberts
Jamie, isn't this fun seeing what others see in our images! As photographers, we can't take ourselves too seriously. Have a great day!   Posted: 01/14/2020 15:53:39

Hi Jamie. I find this an interesting abstract image of ice crystals and first thing I noticed was the Mickey Mouse ears! I find the blurred area at the front of the image a little distracting which you might be able to fix with a slightly tighter crop. Additional contrast may add a bit more depth to the image and it also looks like you could have some fun with filters.   Posted: 01/23/2020 02:57:41

Catherine Honigsberg   Catherine Honigsberg
Love that you saw this. I really like the black and white because you caught some great light on the left side. Two of anything does not work as well as odd numbers. Can you crop one of the matching "ears" and recompose?
Very interesting and good eye.   Posted: 01/23/2020 10:50:45