Posts tagged “Flower Photography

Flowers No. 7

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Depending on your point of view one of joys of flowers is that they attract insects. While this is a flower photo, had I had any of my close up gear, the insects would have had their day on film.


Flowers No. 6

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Pulling out the detail in the flower exaggerated the noise. Today we go a long way to remove noise without thinking that with film we used grain as one of the compositional tools. You can argue they are different but the look is often the same.


Flowers No. 5

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While working on this photo by accident I stumbled on this old movie look. It reminds me of some of the lighting used in Citizen Kane and Nosferatu.


Flowers No. 4

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This was taken in a “Tudor Garden.” I like composing for the imagination. To misquote Aristotle, the parts can be visually and imaginatively more important than the whole.


Flowers No. 3

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Depth of field is underrated. Most cameras and most zoom lenses sold, limit the use of depth of field because they do not permit the use of the same aperture throughout the range of the zoom. Buying your first F2.8 zoom is the day you really get on the road to your own style.


Flowers No. 2

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My processing addresses exposure for the most part, as well as sharpness and composition. Within those there is a fair amount of latitude for creativity; how sharp, how bright, what colour filter etc. Brash or subtle it makes the final product unique.

 


Gardens, Flowers, Nature

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I am not quite as fond of cut flowers as I am of those in gardens and forests. But both brighten our days. This week my blog is all about flowers.


Imagination-7

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There are many ways to look at things we see around us, many ways to “skin” the cat. It just takes imagination. Thankfully, we have teachers, entertainers, writers and artists who make us think and who tickle our imagination.


Imagination-6

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Someone went and ruined the Monty Hall trick, made a fool of the shell game, in short what were they thinking?


Imagination-5

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Are they waving, swaying or is it just the wind. I am told plants and trees communicate chemically so maybe they can do more, who knows.

 

 


Imagination-4

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Is it a backdoor, a side door or the entrance to a house? There is something odd here that tests my modest understanding of modern architecture.


Imagination-3

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Can flowers swarm, can they install a fear outside the inventions of science fiction.


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.