Flowers

Cones (Two Photographs)

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As a photographer I am always drawn to shape and form. I could be in a minority, but I suspect that shape and form influence our view of many elements of life, and that our minds have a particular affinity for symmetry.


Explosive (Two Photographs)

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I like how these flowers seem to be coming out of the ground in an almost explosive spray. It happens in nature just like florists arrange their bouquets. A great deal has been written about composition, but in the end it comes down to personal choice after trying all of the “expert advice”.


Poppies (Two Photographs)

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I love the wild poppies we get in my area. At the same time there is their majesty and what they represent to us because of Flanders Field and WWI. I cannot make up my mind, colour or black and white.


Another View of Fall (Two Photographs)

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My favourite camera is the Fuji XT-3, it makes taking a slightly more artistic approach to the world so much easier. It handles like a charm, the 18-55 f2.8 lens is especially good. Sad to say but with the complications of the pandemic I am not getting out enough nor am I taking many photos.


Victorian Wallpaper (Two Photographs)

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I took these shots not really thinking about the outcome. My interest was in testing my camera after not having used it for awhile. But I love this pseudo Victorian wallpaper look. I did it in colour and black and white because the shot works both ways.


The Imperfections of Fall (Two Photographs)

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Photographers love fall colours and we like to shoot them at their best. Yet fall is also about the fading of colours. And that too can make for interesting images even as the colour drains from the foliage.


Colour (Two Photographs)

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The more photography you do, the more you learn how arbitrary colour reproduction is. The camera, and editing and printing software all add colour profiles; sometimes it’s hard to tell what is real and what is not. A proper white balance helps, but it’s just a start and often the brightness, and saturation of other elements of our photos need to be “corrected” to get realistic colour. My advice would be that the photographer should be the judge of what is right, it is their product after all.


Flower Photography (Part Two)

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You may have seen these shots earlier this week in colour. I know of few photographers that do floral work in black and white. It certainly is one of the more interesting approaches to flower photography.


Flower Photography (Two Photographs)

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I take as many photographs of flowers as I do of birds, if not more. I also like to read about photography. It struck me that the work on flower photography that I have seen is very limited in its ambition. Flowers are the perfect object to experiment on with a camera. Try everything you can think of, it’s definitely worth it.


Flora in the Concrete Jungle (Two Photographs)

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On a walk that led me into a kind of industrial park, I found this bit of nature. I thought it would look good as a black and white photograph, but it turns out the colour, after a little work, was not so bad either.


A Break in the Fence (Two Photographs)

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I am still undecided if I prefer to work in colour or black and white. But this photograph which works both ways, in my view was a more powerful image in black and white. Often black and white expresses sentiment better than colour photography does.


A Monet Background (Two Photographs)

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If you ever get the chance to see Monet’s Lilies (a painting that is semicircular and covers many meters of wall you will know what I mean by a Monet background.) An impressionist, he looked down from a bridge and what he saw was cacophony of colour both organized and unorganized. The paintings capture your imagination. In my work I look for backgrounds that have that touch of colourful play.


Natural Abstraction (Two Photographs)

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This flower struck me as quite unique and I did my best to capture what I saw. In circumstances like this its not always clear others will have the same appreciation. That is one of the risks of the photographic art.


Shades of Green (Two Photographs)

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Creative use of depth of field, even in broad daylight, can help create sufficient shades of similar colours to enable good backgrounds and interesting shots (at least in my experience). Try taking colourful outdoor photos at different apertures and ISOs and see if there is a change in the density of colour, there is a difference with some cameras.


Evil Green (Two Photographs)

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Green is often the nemesis of the nature photographer. You might see a bird and it looks wonderful but when you look at the photo at home there is green caste to the photo. While it’s usually possible to remove, it’s never as easy as one would like (e.g. a white balance fix is not enough and you need to isolate the green with any number of processing tools to remove it).


A Creative Twist (Two Photographs)

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The first thing I learned about taking photographs was to take several photographs, one in a normal fashion and the others with a twist. Now years later, when I see something interesting I look for a perspective with a twist, it works more often than not.


Bad Advice on Flower Photography (Three Photographs)

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I stopped reading a book on photography tips when they said never take a photograph of flowers looking straight down. What rubbish. I say do what you think works best. It seems everyone has opinions but I like a more positive approach to advice.


Look Down (Three Photographs)

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In the fall, the forest floor is alive with great photographic opportunities, not least of which are all the fallen leaves. The only catch here is composition and the decisions on colour or black and white.


Fall Leaves (Two Photographs)

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Here are a few leaves I saw in the park and I thought they would make good contrast shots. Black and white is all about contrast, detail and often good shadows and hard blacks. That said, you have many options when working with colour filters in black and white.


Fall Colours (Two Photographs)

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Fall comes in many colours, including black and white. Every professional photographer talks about having a style, a personal style in their photography. Personally I like a broad range of options. Nobody’s paying me for consistency of style.


A Different Take on Fall (Two Photographs)

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I called this a different take only because most fall photos are in colour. While spectacular, I find the colour sometimes obscures wonderful shapes and forms. In black and white the forest takes on an almost sculpted look.


A Lesson Oft Forget (Two Photographs)

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Using aperture to isolate a subject is the oldest trick in the book. Small aperture, with subject closer to the camera than the background, works every time. But the quality of that background, the amount of defocusing, blurring etc. is dependant on the size of the Fstop we choose to use. Would the shot be better at F5.6 than F2.8? Looking at the back of the camera or through the EVF of a mirrorless camera doesn’t always help. Back home in front the computer there are only a limited number of things you can do to optimize the background. I often take numerous photos at different depths of field and I am often surprised what I find to have been the best aperture.


Mauve,Green and Purple (Two Photographs)

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There is a time of year when backgrounds are easy and clean and the flowers are at their best, it’s a time I take advantage of. I like to walk around finding a good position to get the flower just right and with the F stop maximize the background’s blur.


Flamboyant (Two Photographs)

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Flamboyant like a dancer, French gothic or a statue on the high street. It was the mixture of shadows and highlights that made the leafy water plant stand out for me. Nature has a way with shape and form, and the lighting made this stand out.