Flowers

Cropping (Two Photographs)

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Cropping raises all kinds of questions, including should I crop? As cameras have an aspect ratio that will not fit most frames that alone makes cropping pretty much a standard. Macro Photographers crop almost all the time. There are “rules” for cropping (of thirds, golden triangle etc.). There is also cropping for drama, etc. Often excluding a piece of the whole makes little difference to our minds in grasping what a subject might be. There is even a school of photography where getting as close as you can without losing the ability  of your audience to understand the subject e.g. in portraits cropping close and focusing more on the face than the other parts of the head. Personally  I think experimenting with cropping never hurts.


Looking Like I Feel on Rainy Days (Two Photographs)

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Last year we had a bit of drought, this year almost half of the year has had precipitation. This flower looks like a person raging, which is how I feel when I get a day I can go out and do something interesting and the weather thinks otherwise. We have had a few good days recently and I hope it continues because no wants me looking like this flower again 🙂


Color (Three Photographs)

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There has been a long-standing debate between those in favor of color photography and those in favor of black and white. To my mind each has a place and as noted in an earlier post, sometimes the same photo in black and white is a completely different image. From my perspective I want to get impact and both tone and color can have impact. The crucial thing I struggle with is when to use one or the other. I call that healthy and creative.

 


 Number 6 (Two Photographs)

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I did not discover this flower, my wife did. Neither of us had an easy time of framing it as it was in a very tight spot; our 70-200 mm lenses did not make things easier. Secondly, this is heavily edited with more canvas added to give the flower head room. The title, the flower and the photographs otherwise speak for themselves.


A Floral Bouquet (Two Photographs)

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When I saw this bunch of flowers it brought to mind a bouquet. I wrote in an earlier post about imagination and that exploring why you photograph something is a good thing. It can help develop ideas about what works for you and what does not. In this instance the idea of a bouquet influenced how I took it and edited it.


Relax (Two Photographs)

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In institutions like hospitals the walls are covered in posters often about things you would rather not know anything about. Any photographs put up to make the environment pleasant remind me of the faded photos outside of fish and chips shops which make a feeble if any attempt to illustrate the wares within. What’s wrong with a few soft, gentle photos to help the mood a bit? If I have to sit and stare at something why can’t it be a bit whimsical? Thank goodness for the occasional window!

 

 


Manual (Two Photographs)

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I have been trying Auto-ISO with my camera in manual exposure mode, thus whatever aperture or shutter speed I choose; the camera adjusts the ISO. This allows me to more quickly and easily shift to a high shutter speed for birds in flight or a smaller aperture for insects. In practice exposure compensation still needs fiddling with as the cameras exposure meter is still only a guide to exposure. So far manual exposure with auto ISO seems to me to be increasingly workable.