Poppy Fields and Memories

IT. HAS. BEEN. A. WHILE.

Have I been keeping up with the r/WeeklyPhotos 52 week challenge?

No. Because I suck. And I barely have time to do extracurricular activities outside of my work/gym, in truth. However, I am determined to catch up, so stayed tuned.

In order to balance out my schedule, I took the day off from the gym today and I had some time to shoot flowers around the house.¬†Our gigantic rose bush is in bloom right now, but tonight I’m going to share my favorite photo of the poppies in our front garden.

My earliest memories of poppies hark back to summers in the country side of Romania. Our next door neighbors’ backyard was FILLED with poppies and toward the end of summer, their youngest daughter Maria and I would pick the dried pods and eat poppy seeds like they were candy.

I recall everyone telling me not to eat too much because it would make me fall asleep. But while Maria did pass the fuck out, I would be totally energized. They have the same effect to this day. These poppies, however, are nothing like the tennis ball sized beasts that grew as tall as my 5 year old self.

They’re gorgeous nonetheless, so please enjoy and come back for more photos soon! It’s flower season!

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Flames

I went MIA for nearly two weeks in the middle of some great photos…don’t ask me why, even I don’t know.

Anyway, I’m back with a continuation! This is definitely one of my favorite new photos that I’ve taken. Enough that I decided to stick it on the back of my new business cards! The colors look even better printed out. The blues are deeper and more vibrant which makes the oranges really pop out.

This is the perfect example of what I was talking about in an earlier post about focusing on contrasting colors in my recent pieces.

Hope you enjoy!

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P.S. Check out my new cards!

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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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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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