The next monthly assignment for the Bay Area Photo Club (www.bayareaphotoclub.org) is "Abstraction". I've looked at a few definitions and examples of Abstractions on the Internet and I'm still not confident I get it. Certainly an abstraction has to be abstract and to me that means something not easily recognizable for what it is or possibly something easily recognizable as multiple things. This photo is of a stone column taken at a restaurant I ate at last night. I took the shot with my Lensbaby which blurred everything except the center of the shot. I didn't feel the shot was abstract out of the camera so I created a hard mix blend layer in Photoshop CS3 to help with the Abstraction process. I'm not that sure yet if I like how the pic turned out all that much, but I think I do. Also I'm not sure that using Photoshop to assist in the creation of the abstraction would be looked upon favorably by the club's judges on presentation night...but I have to start somewhere. I would really appreciate any comments about the photo itself or about it's applicability to the assignment!