“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” ― Anaïs Nin
I’m revisiting yesterday’s lily, as the second blossom begins to open. I thought it would be an idea to document it over the next few days.
The first blossom is still looking lovely, which was a surprise to me. I had expected it to flatten out more, but it is still keeping its shape nicely. Now, as you can see, a second blossom is opening up and will probably be fully open in the next few hours. The mature blossom with the secondary one in the background felt like a nice composition, as i turned the vase around looking for what I had envisioned. Rarely do I just set up and shoot. I’m quite deliberate about the composition and shooting angle to get what I’m looking for in my image.
One of the nice things about shooting these florals now is I essentially have two settings: the first is a well-lit, well-balanced setting, the second is a low-key version, if I’m looking for mood. It took very little trial and error to arrive at these settings since the studio lighting and my environment is consistent. This is not the case when I’m shooting outdoors. Those images provide a bit more of a challenge for me. More to follow.
Nikon D800 Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm 1.6sec, f/32.0, ISO 100
“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