Opposites

Remember that little snippet a few days ago when I said I started to intentionally photograph flowers with contrasting backgrounds? This is one of those examples.

I have another one, in the same thread (poppies) coming up later that I like even more, but I enjoyed the gentle way of life this one conveys.

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Breaking Rules

For those of you who follow me on Instagram/FB/Tumblr/Twitter (phew!), this photo might look a little familiar.

That’s because it was part of a picture I shared of the photos I went and got printed to update some frames in our house. I’m not particularly proud of the way this photo is set up in terms of following the rule of thirds and all that, because to be honest, it makes me itch because it’s between lines. However, I really fell in love with the focus versus bokeh effect.

Plus, even the original had striking colors, so during the editing process I made sure to bring those out to their fullest potential and I think I did a good job with that.

Enjoy, Happy Memorial Day and thank you to all the veterans who’ve served for our freedoms here in the US, especially to those who’ve paid the ultimate price. Cheers.

– Viv

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Squashy

One of my favorite unintentional things (at first) that I noticed while I was doing this shoot was that I was capturing a lot of contrasting color backgrounds for the flowers I was photographing.

During the editing process, however, I had loads of fun playing around with adjusting certain photographs, including this one, so that they’d show a greater contrast between the focus and the background.

In particular, I made a point to shoot more oranges than I normally do. I don’t know if anyone else has trouble with the color orange, but I’ve always found it to be pretentious, especially in sunlight. It doesn’t want to work with me and I’m still trying to figure out the best methods for capturing how gorgeous it can be. I’m pleased with the result of the squashy orange in the background of this photo though.

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Dancing in the Wind

The time is finally here for fresh flower photography and I’m long overdue for a blog update.

Michigan weather has decided, as always, to skip spring and go from “warm winter” to “volcanic apocalypse” within a couple day span, which means that I finally had the opportunity to get out and photograph flowers at my favorite flower shop.

I’ve decided that instead of making one big post with a ton of pictures, I’m going to showcase a new photo every day/every other day. That way, each one will get it’s own spotlight, rather than get lost among the others.

Today’s is one of the more “ethereal” looking photos of this trip. I really fell in love with it even before editing, which it didn’t need much of. It kind of reminds me of My Fair Lady and all the begonias and other large flowers in the intermission section, and it looks like it’s dancing a little in the wind too.

 

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