Finding Inspiration

Many a time I’ve been caught standing in the grocery store aisle just staring and an employee will stop and ask me if they can help me find something. I tell them I’m looking for inspiration and unfortunately it’s not easy to find. We can be stuck as photographers in finding inspiration of where to…

Create Yourself

A dear friend and faithful follower in my photography classes mentioned to me this past week that “Someone (meaning me) has taught her to not simply just take pictures, but to create images.” I’ve been thinking about her insightful comment quite a bit since then and she is absolutely right. All of us are on…

Getting Close and Personal

This year I upgraded my cell phone to an iPhone X, and trust me when I say that I am really hard on my stuff. Wanting to protect it to handle all of the sweat, dirt, horse hair, etc. that I subject it to I wanted to find a case that could not only hold…

Twirling Sunflower

Sometimes the fanciest techniques that seem mystifying can actually be easily done with a Smartphone. One of these is creating an image with multiple exposures. When wandering in my garden this afternoon, I saw that the sunflower seeds that I planted in spring have finally begun to bloom. Different varieties than seen in the sweeping…

It’s a Sunny Kind of Day

This weekend will be filled with floral photography workshops, first with Lotus blossoms at Kenilworth Gardens, and then the following day Sunflowers at McKee Beshers Wildlife Management Area. Preparation is always essential in photography and even more so when I’m leading people on a photo field trip. So earlier in the week I spent the…

Lotus Flowers Twice Captured

There an option available on my Canon 5D Mark IV that I’ve been wanting to work with and that is an in-camera Multiple Exposures image stacking. Similar to creating an Bracketed sequence of images for exposure, what the camera does is take a series of images and stacks them together for a final result. Keeping…

Dancing Flowers

Along with lightpad floral photography I’ve been doing recently, one thing I’ve been wanting to work on is creating a short series of ‘Dancing Flowers.’ Renowned photographer Kathleen Clemons creates amazing floral captures with her iPhone using a small lens kit from Lensbaby as well as using regular images. The editing is through either Smartphone…

What a Difference a Light Box Makes

As a prolific photographer, it is a wonder why a Light Box hasn’t been added to my kit yet. For some reason they seemed mystical to me and a bit intimidating. But honestly, I don’t know what I was so worried about. It’s a light that enhances studio work and is essential in particular with…

Floral Art

Now that the spring bird migration has winded down and the days are getting hotter and buggier, it’s time to find a photography project that will keep me entertained. Recently I’ve come across some beautiful floral art books. The first one is Seeing Flowers by Robert Llewellyn, and the second is Flower by Andrew Zuckerman.…