Flowers

Angle

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It’s a textbook tip to shoot flowers from behind. Agreed. Nice to see them reaching for the stars.


Presence

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It’s always a pleasure to find a follower that stands out that has presence (dare I say charisma?)


Peaceful

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It’s probably because of John McCrae’s WWI poem  “In Flanders Fields” that poppies have a certain aura. I like to think scenes like this speak to peace and not just to the consequences of war.


Alien

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I know that with insects I sometimes imagine alien beings and it’s with good cause the movies borrow from the bug world. In the case of flowers we can sometimes create a tinge of the alien, a hint of the strange.


Emerging

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I am a big fan of the creative use of depth of field. Here the background reminds me of fog or mist and gives strength to the photo.


Immediate

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When someone puts their face too close to your there is an element of threat about it. It is precisely for that reason that some argue face on flower photos lack sensitivity. I prefer the term immediacy to characterize those flower shots.


Order or Chaos

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There is symmetry and order in nature, but at a human scale it can appear chaotic or wild. I think there is reassurance in that.


In the Wind

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Looking closely at this photograph, my eye imagined a man waving flags in the wind.


Advancing

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Depth of field is one of the better tools in photography. You can use it to isolate a subject, define your object, frame it and in some cases make your subject almost look like its moving forward.


Kraken

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I took this photo because I have had some success with tree stumps as subjects. But this partially submerged trunk had a more ominous look than most of the ones I normally shoot.


Bokeh

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Yesterday I spoke about the importance of backgrounds. Some find the round ball shaped background called bokeh a pleasing background. Some lenses are made for bokeh, for the others it’s often luck.


Look Behind

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As I have noted several times backgrounds are important. They can make or break a photo. In black and white, backgrounds take on a simpler form but should still complement the subject.


Texture

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Texture is not just something you add to a photograph or enhance with editing software. It’s an important part of our visual reality; sometimes subtle, sometimes the subject of the photo.


Choice

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Last week I decided to tackle more of my plant and flower photographs. I selected several and edited the group down to seven. To my mind it’s one of the hardest parts of editing, choosing what to keep and then edit.


Last Call

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In the fall there are always those few flowers that manage to hang on till the frost. A refusal to accept the changing of seasons.


Painted

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A colourful bush in black and white turned pleasantly painterly, unsurprisingly.


Looking Down

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One of my approaches to photography is to constantly look up, down and around for things to shoot. Some perspectives can be a little vertiginous, even if we cannot spot exactly why. In this photo there is a slight tilt to the plane of the photo and I hope it adds to the mood.


Spotlight

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Photography is technically a science of light and we can choose to manipulate that light or work with what we have. I would suggest that there is a learning curve no matter how you approach it. Secondly, in the end even if you prefer one approach over the other you will have learned more about light. This photo was taken in natural light and I have done nothing to change that light.

 


The Unusual

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It being the time of year when some are focused on the unusual arts of halloween, I thought I would feature this photo. In colour it was quite messy, in black and white everything comes into focus and a certain oddness is more visible.


Explosive

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In an earlier post I described a flower as exploding given its shape. In this case the colour of the flower was rather over the top and distracting but I like the shape and implied explosive nature of its growth.


Earnest

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Some flowers are quite resilient with respect to the weather, to pollution and the winds. I was told years ago that Black and White photography highlights emotions and implied attitude. I could have called this photo standing tall, but I prefer the importance implied by earnest.


My Whimsy

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For the better part of my life I have been involved with photography because I enjoy it, it’s been my bit of fun, my art, my challenge. Going digital has had its advantages and disadvantages. Of the latter it’s the added time behind a computer screen and problems with WordPress.


Fall No.2

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In black and white shapes and shadows often control the image. You hear people use the word impact with respect to interesting photos. The word is often too active for the scene it describes. I prefer in cases like this to think more in terms of the interest a photo engenders.


Fall No.1

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Fall is colourful, but at the same time a bit sad as flowers and leaves die off. I think this is better captured in black and white as colour distracts from that reality. It’s also in tune with the times, if not Halloween.