“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. ” ― Norman Vincent Peale
I’m a few days late posting this. I meant to get it out for December first, but did not, since I was still saying goodbye to yellow and had not purchased a poinsettia for our home yet.
It’s a challenging plant to photograph, trying not to blow out the reds while pulling the details of the deep green leaves from the shadows. This one took me a few attempts but overall I’m pleased with the results.
And, of course, the poinsettia is a modern symbol for Christmas. Now that autumn is a fond memory, I look forward for future moments, with friends and family and the comfort that is Christmas in our home. First step taken, poinsettia is on the table as a centrepiece, let the next season begin.
Nikon D800 Nikor 24-70mm f/3.5-4.6 @@ 45 mm 1.3 sec, f/25.0, ISO 200
“Always be friendly, always be kind, Like the most beautiful flower that you can find.” ― Debasish Mridha
This image is a switch back to some of my earlier floral images. I went back through older images that I have not had the opportunity to edit and found this one of a gerbera that was part of a larger floral arrangement.
I had a hard time with this one, as the coral colour is tough to reproduce to my satisfaction. So, like many images, I return to it once more, hoping to extract the image I had envisioned when I made it. A different day, a different eye, and the results now please me enough to share it. I’m hoping to do a bit more studio work over the winter months, it will help brighten the days for me, and hopefully, those who follow my blog.
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD@ 70 mm 1/4 sec, f/22.0, ISO 400
“Whatever your passion is, keep doing it. Don’t waste time chasing after success or comparing yourself to others. Every flower blooms at a different pace. Excel at doing what your passion is and only focus on perfecting it. Eventually people will see what you are great at doing, and if you are truly great, success will come chasing after you.” ― Suzy Kassem
Those who follow my blog will recognise some of these as the subjects of my recent photos. The composition came about quite by accident. You see, as I was photographing the individual flowers, I was standing them up, side by side, on a bench when I was finished. As I added the orchid on the right to the lineup, I thought to myself that this ‘lineup’ might be interesting as an image as well.
The composition was quite simple but to balance the light across all these colours and textures without one or another dominating the image was a bit of a challenge.
It seems to have worked out and I’m pleased with the result. However, titling the image proved difficult, so I stuck with something simple and appropriate. I hope you like it.
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD@ 110mm 1/6 sec, f/20.0, ISO 400
“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” ― Lao Tzu
As the summer continues, the plants begin to mature and change form. Some wither and dry up, others go to seed, while some continue to flourish till the air cools. This day lily was pretty much the start of my journey down the road of fine art floral photography and has opened a whole new creative world for me.
I thought it had stopped blooming about a week ago, but to my surprise, it had one blossom left to share. It’s quite mature and this image shows two seed pods beginning to develop as well as the ‘stubs’ where blossoms used to be.
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD@ 200 mm 1/4 sec, f/14.0, ISO 200
“Once in awhile, you pick the right thing, the exact best thing. Every day, the moment you open your eyes and pull off your blankets, that’s what you hope for. The sunshine on your face,warm enough to make your heart sing.” ― Sarah Ockler
One of my first attempts at this technique involved bringing a daylily cutting into my studio and experimenting with lighting and camera settings. I was so pleased with the results that I have continued using it for many different blossoms and, as those following my blog know, I have created a portable backdrop that I can take with me in the field.
Yesterday, I was experimenting with it in my backyard gardens, when I noticed this stray blossom that had poked through the fence from my neighbour’s yard. Recalling how pleased I was with my first daylily, I set up quickly and made this image. It was made with natural light in one attempt. I’m feeling inspired by the simplicity of it and how stunning the results can be.
When I look at the images a actually have to remind myself that I made them and I smile. It’s so satisfying to the creative in me.
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD@ 200mm 1/20 sec, f/10.0, ISO 200
“What I’ve always found interesting in gardens is looking at what people choose to plant there. What they put in. What they leave out. One small choice and then another, and soon there is a mood, an atmosphere, a series of limitations, a world.” ― Helen Humphreys
I’m not getting tired of these flower images yet and I hope my viewers feel the same. This is yet another image made using my portable backdrop in my backyard. The fine details of the spider plant have always stood out to me, though this summer has been a challenge for them as we experience drought-like conditions here in southern Ontario. The blossoms have been smaller and slower to grow. This is one of my healthier plants and the flower head is about half as lush as I would expect.
Once again, this image was made without the use of studio lights, just sunlight and careful camera adjustments to isolate the blossom and leaves.
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD@ 200 mm 1/20 sec, f/10.0, ISO 200
“If people refuse to look at you in a new light and they can only see you for what you were, only see you for the mistakes you’ve made, if they don’t realize that you are not your mistakes, then they have to go.” ― Steve Maraboli
I may just start a series called “Common Flowers in a Different Light”. Since I started experimenting with this studio technique, I’ve found myself going to the garden and harvesting some of the more common flowers to photograph. As I look through my viewfinder to compose the shots, I’m actually awestruck at how the blossoms transform from plain to spectacular. This is not a boast but a feeling I have as a ‘vision’ is realized. That such a transformation can be accomplished by the correct application of light is where I want my photography to evolve.
There seem to be very distinct phases in photography that anyone serious in the art go through. I’ve looked at many 500px galleries and watched artists grow here on WordPress as they push the next limit and suddenly the images are taken up a notch.
I’m hoping that’s the case for me, and if not, then at least I am enjoying the journey.
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD@ 200 mm 1/40 sec, f/14.0, ISO 6400