Flowers

Leaves (Two Photographs)

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It seems after every storm things start growing again, often in unexpected places. Never a dull moment in the forest. I used my macro lens for this and managed to make the leaves stand out with a bit of artificial light. This kind of shot be it leaves or a bird has a fair amount of shadow to work with, always interesting choices when it comes to processing shadows – open them up or leave them dark.


Urban Flowers

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Even when its hot or leaving the city is impossible because of all the festivals and events, there are still urban flowers to shoot. And sometimes you find interesting angles and perspectives in local gardens, even shooting from the street.


Bladder Campion (Two Photographs)

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Bladder Campion or Silene vulgaris, is one of the more interesting wildflowers. Found almost everywhere I go, city and field, during famines in the past it was boiled for food. Wikipedia states it’s still sometimes used in risotto in Italy. Here it’s just another pretty flower (or depending on your perspective, a weed).


Flower (Two Photographs)

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Finding the perfect flower never seems to work especially as the season progresses. I did this flower in color and black and white because I think the different treatments provoke different emotions, but dark or bright this flower certainly has not lost its character.


Tulip Framing (Three Photographs)

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A technique I like to use is to focus on one flower and use others as a frame or as a means of focusing attention on the main subject. This is bit like the idea in landscape photography that one should pay as much attention to the foreground as the background. When you have to shoot tight (e.g. at a festival) this tip can help expand the possibilities.


Interesting (Three Photographs)

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I called this post interesting because it was the shapes that pushed me to take these shots. I was intrigued by the patterns. In the last two I was not sure if the color or the black and white would best highlight the ballet image I had in mind. Though looking at the black and white  it does have the best contrast.


An Interesting Technique (Three Photographs)

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Walking along I saw this yellow flower and I maneuvered myself to get some if not all of the purple flowers in the background (more or less in focus). That’s the idea, give your flower photos a boost by adding some muted/out of focus colour to the background.  Of course pundits will say shooting straight down into a flower is a no no. Mea Culpa.