I had a dream…

that I could pick a line down the milky way.


Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.

Edgar Allan Poe

I have never been accused of lacking in imagination and while sometimes I wake up from a night’s sleep and wonder what on earth?!? other times I wake up with a smile thinking about a grand adventure.

While I find pleasure in the long days and warm nights of summer watching the milky way arc across the night sky my thoughts do begin to drift towards winter. Perhaps that was where this idea came from…not powder but light, not snowflakes but stars.

I recently added a layer program called Perfect Layers to my Lightroom which allows me to blend a couple of images into a composite. I have not been a fan of composite images unless they have been true double exposures and not images intended to trick the viewer but this program allowed me to construct an image that represented a dream…pure fantasy.

I think a vivid imagination is a gift to be treasured and nurtured and honestly …who wouldn’t want to carve out a line spraying stars across the night sky?





13 thoughts on “I had a dream…”

    1. Thanks Zelda! Using the multiple exposure feature of the D7000 taught me a lot about light and dark and how this translated to digital when you wanted to place certain elements overtop of others. More of a challenge to do it in the camera for sure!

    1. Thanks Maura, I like to think it is the only way that I could have captured this and for those of us growing up with film (and still shooting it) I think the line of real and not real has blurred considerably.

  1. Sheryl that is beautiful and seems very personal. You should put that in your house or special space.

  2. Gorgeous. The layering is done perfectly so you don’t notice it at first, but once your eye catches it, it changes the story of the photo completely.

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