Posts tagged “Flower Photography

Light

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The object here was to preserve the natural spotlight of the sun coming through a hole in the canopy of trees in the forest. A natural vignette just as I saw it.


Leaf

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Ending the week on a floral note. This time an HDR of a leaf in the forest.


Spring has sprung

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Heres hoping I can find a forest where I can take photographs and social distance. Nature walks have become popular in these pandemic years. It’s easy for crowds to form.


Tulips

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Spring is marked here by the tulip festival. They restricted crowds without success last year, I wonder how they will handle it this year.


Why No. 7

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Having revealed my thinking on photography this week, let me end by saying photography is many things to many people. Memories, art, information, and entertainment are all reasons for photography, and these too are all a part of why I am a photographer.


Why No. 6

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Photography has been a fall back when professional pressures and personal pressures weighed. It is a world where what matters is what matters to me. Selfish as that sounds it’s a healthy out.


Why No. 5

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Photography has a steep learning curve just to get the basics under one’s belt. And then there are the varieties and types of photography. Photojournalism was an early love, that became street photography, concert photography, later nature photography, macro photography and a keen interest in studio work. In each I learned, in each I have had my ups and downs, but the successes and satisfaction far outweighed the failures.


Why No. 4

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Photography has introduced me to people who have become good friends, the world of insects, a love of the technique and applications of photography and a host of other things. It has expanded my world in a way nothing else could for me.


Why No. 3

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In normal times I would say photography gets me out of the house and into nature. But even in these times tainted by the pandemic, I end up working out both physically and mentally when working on photography. Or so my back tells me.


Why No. 2

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Photography allows me to show others what I see and how I see it. Not quite a statement about my world, but a sense of what interests me, what motivates me.


Why Am I a Photographer?

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I’ll start by saying it’s been years since I made a buck on my photography and frankly that is a good thing. Being an an amateur frees me up to do things my way, shoot what I want to shoot etc. “Why, am I photographer” is the question of the week.

 


Human Reflection

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I like working with reflections but it is rare to include people in my compositions. There is an exception to everything.


The Subject

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Regardless of any other element of the photo, a viewer should not have to guess the subject. Limited depth of field is the best tool to avoid confusion.


That Background

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It is clear that backgrounds are very important. We don’t want them to distract. However, an oddity in a background can be support for the foreground. Depending on your own tastes the tilt of the wall could be an example.


In Your Face

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I have read that centering a subject, highlighting it by composition is a prescription for a dull and unworthy photo. Nonsense.


Shape as Subject

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The brief time it takes to determine the subject is also the time the mind is focusing on shape and other clues. Creating a photo where the only clues are shapes, helps engage an audience.


Lighting and Focus

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It should be no surprise that light also helps focus attention on a subject. Anomalies in lighting, like the partially lit flower in this photo, can subconsciously engage the audience.


Imperfections

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Life goes on with all it flaws, perfection is relatively rare. I think that sometimes it can be the enemy of our best efforts in photography, as in all things.


Focus

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Depth of field permits us to choose what we want to be in focus. It’s a judgement call. The decision is also part of every photographer’s style.


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.