A Taste of Spring

I should have posted these about a couple months ago but instead of complaining about that, I’m just going to casually drop the goods for y’all.

Here’s some more flowers from late spring this year.

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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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Lavender Bells

Another day, another flower.

This is one of the photos that I was really excited about and decided to get it printed as an 8×10. It looks even better in real life than it does on screen. The lavender’s pop, the bluey-greens balance them out, and there’s an overall calming effect when you look at it.

In editing, I made sure to amp up the glowing lavender of the petals and balance them out with cool greens. I love the final result.

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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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Carnation

I bought a bundle of mini canvases a few weeks ago and I’ve had the urge to paint on them since then. I did not, however, know what I wanted to paint. Until yesterday when I found a gorgeous photo of a red tripped white carnation and I said THAT’S IT.

I spent about 5 or 6 hours painting this little guy and it’s not quite done yet. On a second look, I need to add a little more shading to the white parts to give it more dimension, but otherwise, it turned out well.

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