Posts tagged “Flowers

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.

 


Tulips (Three Photographs)

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These are more tulips from the Ottawa Tulip Festival. This time I was focusing on framing and negative space. The idea is to make sure your viewers’ eyes go where you want them to go. Tools include, vignette, increasing shadows generally, framing in camera and tightened cropping after the fact without necessarily placing the subject in the middle of the frame.


One Flower, Three Flavors (Three Photographs)

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I visited the Ottawa Tulip Festival on its opening day, as it was mid day there were not many people about, so I did not have the opportunity for the candid shots I wanted to take. I did come away with some flower shots I could play with. The black and white version is a bit funereal but it was worth the effort and might be useful someday as an illustration. As for the color versions simplicity was my goal.