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This was taken with a Pentax Optio S40. Over the years I bought way too many little point-and-shoot cameras because I thought I would always carry them with me. That didn’t turn out to be the case. I still have the Optio, although I haven’t used it in years and its LCD screen is about the size of a postage stamp, because it has a sharp little lens and I took some favorite photographs with it. I did nothing to this photo other than a touch of sharpening and a smidge of extra saturation.

Plumage ~

Plumage

Plumage

Sometimes an unsharp photo can be turned into an interesting abstract with the help of a digital filter—in this case, a watercolor filter—tight cropping, and some color manipulation. The original photo is a small detail of the plumage of an unidentified bird at the Denver Zoo.