What Never Was is Never Again

by Scott ChitwoodMonday October 24th, 2011
Posted in More Than Words

“Mists of dreams drip along the nascent echo…”
              Hybrid Utterance, Battlestar Galactica

How does one properly sign-off from a personal project that spans more than a decade?  In my case, with great hesitancy and months of prolonged musing over how to best say the words that need to be said.  And then — a quick jump over the edge, writing what comes to mind in this bright and clear moment, keystrokes fall, multiply, get discarded along the way.

It all comes down to this.

Creativity must not only come from the heart, it must also call out and draw us into its mighty grasp for our best works to find an audience.  I know this because I was held there for quite a long while and will always be there to some degree.  The difference is, the urgency I once felt for designing and publishing my artwork has waned somewhat over the past several months.  This is not such a bad thing from my perspective.  As an artist I’m very pleased with where this little adventure has taken me and the circle feels complete.  To try and push it further along would be disingenuous.

Then again, total retirement may not be in the cards, a desktop or two could squirm out at some unknown point in the near/distant future.  Weirder things have happened.  What will be, will be.

My personal thanks to all who’ve encouraged me along the way, to those who’ve been inspired to find their own creative spark, and to those who’ve passed kind words my way.  Cheers!

          Scotty out!

Stairways of the Mind

by Scott ChitwoodMonday September 26th, 2011
Posted in Desktop Gallery, Fractal Flames

Dedicated to Robert Cassilly, November 9th, 1949 – September 26th, 2011.

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Tree of Life: Light It Up

by Scott ChitwoodMonday July 4th, 2011
Posted in Desktop Gallery, Fractal Flames

Tree of Life: Light It Up by Scott Chitwood

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Tree of Life

by Scott ChitwoodThursday June 23rd, 2011
Posted in Desktop Gallery, Fractal Flames

“Everything that has a beginning has an end.”
      The Oracle, The Matrix Revolutions

So where does this image fit in relation to that phrase?  It has the distinction of being the first in a new series of images that all derive from a common Oxidizer genome, but not the true “first” as it has been pushed a few generations down the path from whence it came to life.  Regardless, this seems like a good starting point for the TOL (Tree of Life) collection — we’ll have to see where it goes from here.  Perhaps a fitting subtitle for this image would be “The Golden Meadow”.  Or maybe not, better to let the viewer decide.

On the technical side of the equation this image is the fusion of two distinct, yet similar genomes rendered in Oxidizer 0.8.1 that were composited and post processed in Photoshop.

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Sunshine Supernova

by Scott ChitwoodTuesday June 14th, 2011
Posted in Desktop Gallery, Photography

Something from the front garden at the Chitwood abode, not to be confused with a Champagne Supernova.

Sunshine Supermova by Scott Chitwood

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  • Model = Nikon D40
  • Exposure Time = 1/125 sec
  • F-Stop = f/5.6
  • Exposure Program = Macro
  • ISO Speed Ratings = 200
  • Focal Length = 55.0 mm
  • Date/Time = June 9th, 2011 6:09 p.m.
  • Filters = 4x and 2x Close-Up filters stacked together
  • Post Process = Photoshop CS

What We Believe

by Scott ChitwoodTuesday April 26th, 2011
Posted in Apple Centric, Desktop Gallery

Just a simple text based desktop, inspired by ads for the iPad 2.  Full credit for the idea belongs to DigitalEl from this forum thread at MacNN.

What We Believe by Scott Chitwood

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February Rain

by Scott ChitwoodWednesday February 9th, 2011
Posted in Desktop Gallery, Photography

Two years ago we had hellacious amounts of rain that seemed to start in February and didn’t let up until we hit mid-summer, seems like we may have even doubled our normal share rainfall over the course of things.  Of course this presented the perfect opportunity to break out the Home Biolab Kit™ and splice some duck genes into my DNA; sadly no webbed feet or water-repellent qualities were achieved, just an awkward feather protruding from my left nasal cavity…

The trifecta method was used for post processing: iPhoto + PostworkShop + Photoshop.

February Rain by Scott Chitwood

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  • Model = Nikon D40
  • Exposure Time = 10/300
  • F-Stop = f/4.8
  • Exposure Program = Aperture priority
  • ISO Speed Ratings = 900
  • Focal Length = 116.0 mm
  • Date/Time = February 5th, 2018 4:17 p.m.
  • Location = Route 66 State Park
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Snowy Log

by Scott ChitwoodTuesday January 25th, 2011
Posted in Desktop Gallery, Photography

An ode to Winter from snow draped banks of the Meramec River.  If you look closely you just might find a trio of frog-like formations gathered along the hollow.

Snowy Log by Scott Chitwood

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  • Model = Nikon D40
  • Exposure Time = 1/1250 sec
  • F-Stop = f/5.0
  • Exposure Program = Aperture priority
  • ISO Speed Ratings = 200
  • Focal Length = 135.0 mm
  • Date/Time = January 10th, 2010 12:06 p.m.
  • Location = Pacific Palisades Conservation Area
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