Posts tagged “Flowers

Tulipmania (Three Photographs)

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In the midst of a vast number of Tulips you have two choices take a photo of the sweep of the beds or choose individual flowers. I usually try both but I have considerably more success with close shots than panoramas. One of the reasons is that it’s harder to control color when there is a large variety of colors with some that may just be beyond the abilities of the camera and the computer to capture. With a focus on a single bulb the picture is much more likely to be good out of camera and easier to process. Just make sure your backgrounds are interesting.


Tulip Festival (Two Photographs)

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Back in May we had our annual Tulip Festival. Holland’s monarchy took refuge in Canada during WWII and in gratitude they send us tulips for the festival. I must say every year it gets more crowded, and this year because there were fewer tulips at the beginning due to cold weather, it was even more crowded. Using a 105 mm lens helped isolate things, taking the same photo at different apertures also helped. Flowers like these sometimes tend to halo along the edges and that can detract from the photo. Similarly some colors do not translate easily onto the web so there is some time involved in editing them. I will post more as time goes on.


Flowers, I Shoot Flowers! (Two Photographs)

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I was surprised when I was updating my website on Smugmug, to see how many photographs of flowers I have. One thing is certain I rarely go out with anything more than a general idea of what I will take, maybe a few hopes but I don’t try to predict what I will see. I think that is one of the reasons photography interests me so much I can take chances, explore and be surprised. Then I can take home my hard-won gains and polish the edges.

 


Not What I Expected (Three Photographs)

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Its been a real pleasure to walk the streets and take photos of what I see: birds, insects, people, events, flowers etc. It’s what I did when I first picked up a camera although the streets were in somewhat more exotic locations. A sort of make do with what you have approach and when you get something you like it’s quite satisfying. Many shots do not work and that will always be part of the learning curve. The concept of wearing a camera, as in taking it everywhere, has a lot going for it, though as I well know some jobs make it impractical.


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 🙂


Tulips (Three Photographs)

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How to stand out in a crowd… In my last tulip post I spoke of some techniques to focus the viewer on the subject. Another technique I did not mention was depth of field; logically, what is in focus is what matters. The challenge in a field of flowers where you cannot move things around and stage-manage is that when using a very narrow depth of field to isolate your subject some of what you don’t want will still be in focus.