Posts tagged “Flower Photography

Vignetting, Framing and Blurring (Two Photographs)

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It is often helpful to point your audience’s eyes on the subject using some post-processing techniques, e.g. by vignetting (darkening the area around the subject), framing your subject, or as in this case blurring some of the background. Some of the oldest and most useful tools to make your photos stand out.


Legerdemain (Two Photographs)

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I prefer the term legerdemain to “taking liberties” in editing. In most of my work things stay pretty much as I saw them, though sometimes an idea to enhance or alter reality comes into play; some of the many software tricks of modern processing seem like magic. In this case the faded pastels, and starker then real bouquet.


Surreal (Two Photographs)

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Sometimes I can envisage a final processed product, that is slightly different from the original captured image. The black and white, which I have worked with, has a certain surreal air to it because the balance between light and dark is accentuated.


Math and Chaos (Two Photographs)

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There is a certain repetitive pattern in the subject flower though it is surrounded by a chaos of similar flowers in decay with much less distinguishable pattern. Put another way – fractals, patterns and a sort of natural entropy.


HDR (Two Photographs)

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Today, HDR is easy with many software options available. The days of over the top HDR are not over, that option still exists, but it is much easier to do natural HDR photos like this from five separate exposures. Worth looking into as many more cameras have the necessary bracketing features.


Heads or Tails (Two Photographs)

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Let’s face it, nature photography is a bit of a game. You never know what you will see or if you will see something or that your shots will turn out just the way you want them to. Time is always of the essence, everything is transient.


Tulip Festival (Two Photographs)

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Every year I try to go to the local Tulip Festival for a day. I will try to get as many shots as I can. Usually I end up with more than I could possibly publish on this blog, or on SmugMug, though I have posted many. I find tulips an irresistible subject. I will have to get back to Holland one of these days.


Framing (Three Photographs)

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Flowers provide excellent subjects for framing. Out of focus backgrounds and contrasting colours are used as frames in these images. It’s a technique that can be used in many kinds of photography.


Flower Photography (Two Photographs)

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To keep up, I read articles on photography from around the world. Articles on flower photography come up frequently and they focus primarily on two subjects: composition and backgrounds (in the latter case frequently suggesting to bring your own). Flowers (wind notwithstanding) are still subjects so there is usually ample room to change perspective for composing in camera. On the other hand, flowers are often growing in the earth and the ground is seldom photogenic, or so we are told. I think the black and white shot deals with both issues nicely while the colour version has too many distractions.


Similitude (Two Photographs)

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Often we take photographs that have more than one subject or a group of things that are similar. We use our composition to underline similarity or differences. But whatever the case, clarity is key. We don’t want to leave our audience guessing unnecessarily.


Magnitude (Two Photographs)

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Forgetting for the moment what the subject is, surely the objective of any photograph is to create something you can take pride in. To have people look at it and stop for a just moment and see the magnitude and the grandeur of your subject.


Altitude (Three Photographs)

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We are often taller than our subject and we are told eye level is the “thing to do”, that shooting down is a “no no”.  At the very least this advice is limiting and it impedes creativity. I try the proper route but I also try other less “orthodox” solutions for composition, noise and sometimes colour.


Hanging In (Two Photographs)

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I could have titled this hanging on, but my point was as the year moves on colors fade and only a few sturdy and plucky flowers hang in before the chill and dampness of fall really digs in. It can be an interesting time to shoot, certainly the light is much more interesting.


Gone Tomorrow (Two Photographs)

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One reason I am obsessed with carrying extra batteries with me and making sure I have good cards in the camera is knowing that whatever I see and want to photograph will not be there tomorrow or even an hour later. I’ve missed a few things over the years and don’t wish to do it again.


Exploration (Two Photographs)

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I often see something interesting and try my best to capture it. There are times when it becomes a matter of exploration or a roll of the dice as to whether the resulting photo comes close to what I had in mind. Sometimes you have think about what the result might look like as a print to visualize your depth of field or the background you are after. It’s another reason why I never take just one shot.


Even Dandelions (Two Photographs)

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The pundits say there is always something to photograph but we all have days where we find nothing to shoot. It might be because we have too much familiarity with the scene or it’s one of those days when our heart is not in our photography. I’m always hopeful that if I slow down a bit I will find something worth a second look.


Ephemeral (Two Photographs)

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Photography is quite often about experimenting to find a new style, to see something differently, and even to transform it. While I avoid the latter, the other two are fair game. What makes the exploration more interesting in nature is that almost everything you shoot is ephemeral and changes over time, sometimes a short period of time.


Lilies (Two Photographs)

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Lilies are often covered in bugs and debris and thus not always photogenic. Frequently you think you have a clean shot only to look later and see the problems. So I always think good lily shots are lucky shots.


Playing with Light (Three Photographs)

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Photography is all about light. Finding a subject where it and the light are the only focus is rare. I believe I have come close in these shots. Given a choice I would like to take more of these contrasty shots with different plants and flowers.

 


Brash (Two Photographs)

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It is said that perfect exposure is a matter of taste, that apart from generalities like “not too dark, not too bright”, there is really no rule of thumb for great exposures. It’s a result of a decision by the photographer. For years I preferred a slightly dark approach, while these days I like things just a bit brighter. These brash flowers are a good example.


Natural Bouquet (Three Photographs)

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There are any number of ways to shoot flowers; one of my favourites is to find a bunch of flowers and frame them to look like a natural bouquet. Good backgrounds, interesting colours also help make flowers stand out 🙂 


End of Season (Two Photographs)

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It’s November and most of the bright shiny colours of summer and fall have left, and the cold and damp winter is nearly here. I can only offer a few tulips as partial and temporary remedy – when the snow comes some colour will return, but late October and November are darker than I would like. 


Nature (Two Photographs)

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I have this theory, born of walking through many reserves and forest trails, that nature has an uncanny ability to make us look around and make even the common interesting. I can walk the same path and something new will always show up.


Give Me Blue (Two Photographs)

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The problem with portrait versus landscape formats in photography is that often a subject lends itself more to one than the other, but not the format that your presentation requires. For example, landscape works well on the web and portrait in books and magazines. Here I just wanted a better perspective on the blue in the background, so I have a choice of framing.