Catch this… Before it Flies

Rose Fly 02

In case you’re missing the flies of Summer on this cold Winter day? Today’s post might fulfill that yearning?Unless, of course you’re reading this from the tropics or South of the Equator? Where there’s probably a few flies around right now? I found this little series of images last Summer here in the Pacific Northwest. Turns out some flies like to rest on roses for lengthy periods in the morning before the Sun hits full noon. All of the images in this series I found at different days on my photo trips to the local rose garden. While photographing I had plenty of time to work on getting a good image. This guy was just in a resting mode. Maybe loving the warmth of this yellow rose?

Source: Catch this… Before it Flies

Why Photograph Flowers?

I’m not really a good photographer!

Many folks ask me why I photograph flowers? It’s difficult to get outstanding images of flowers. Especially macro images of those flowers. Many folks use that as an excuse not to make an attempt.

I started photographing flowers simply because they are something to photograph. I’m an older photographer in the photography community, when I attempt to apply for jobs in the industry, people would rather hire younger folks, than an old man like me. I entered photography as a profession later in life and honestly I don’t know very much about running a studio or managing photographers in a business environment. While I’m a quick learner and I do have that experience from other areas in my life it’s difficult to convince hiring managers that I can successfully convert those skills. They typically don’t want to take the gamble and would rather go with the younger, impressionable candidate. So I lose out. Of course it’s age discrimination, but it’s difficult to prove that unless someone out right tells me that’s why they won’t hire me. I’ve applied for so many jobs that it’s really very difficult to even begin the process anymore. While I’m bummed that this happens every day in the photography community, it’s beyond my control and I’d rather focus my attention in another direction (pun intended).

My desire was, is, and will continue to be photography. Flowers ended up being my medium because I didn’t have a lot of funds to go on a fancy trips somewhere to photograph. I’ve always been jealous of a fellow artist friend, older than myself, who could afford to take these fancy photography trips with her camera and come back with images that she would then interpret into her water color paintings. With flowers, all I have to do is walk around the neighborhood and photograph whatever flowers I came across. Plus, it’s a bonus to meet some of my neighbors who are growing those flower in their gardens and share those images with them.

While photographing flowers can be difficult, the really hard part in photographing flowers is selling them. The world is already full of great floral images. There’s not a lot of demand. I can’t seem to sell a single one of my images? I’ve tried so many different web sites and stock photography sites, but my images just don’t seem to pass muster for them? Of course, that’s probably because I’m simply not that great? I do manage to create a great image once in a while, but most of my images are only so-so.

Lately, I’ve been bringing flowers that I purchase home and photographing them in my home studio. That’s where the Sunflower images above come from. The first having been photographed with an imitation Vincent van Gogh painting in the background. The name on the back of my painting says “Pool Hall,” but it’s quite obviously a copy of “The Night Cafe in Arles.” That was not planned when I brought these Sunflowers home. I was photographing them is a vase, and while photographing looked up at my painting on the wall and suddenly realized… I just couldn’t resist. The other two images above are from the same session. I really tried to get a good image of the water drop with the sunflower in the background, but this was the best I could get with my equipment.

I hope you like? Remember to share with everyone you know. Sharing brings me more exposure, so to speak, but perhaps I’m not ready for that exposure yet?

Peace

~V

Yellow Fireworks Dahlia

This is what happened when I brought a Yellow Fireworks Dahlia plant home from the market. I’m not a big fan of visiting the market in the Summertime because they bring out all the recent flowers and I want to bring them all home. I have limited garden space, so I don’t get to grow a lot of flowers in the house. But I manage to take one or two in a season and my indoor plant collection is a budding start. While the flowers on these plants are blooming I’ll then spend afternoon, morning and night creating images and capturing memories that hopefully will last throughout the Winter.

These are some of my favorite images from this particular plant and creative session with a Yellow Fireworks Dahlia flower. To find out which of these three images is my absolute favorite, visit the Niume post.

Peace

~V

Two Moods of a Red Dahlia

These images aren’t that great! I just wanted to see what they would look like, published on my blog? I’m still having some focusing challenges. My images just don’t seem clear enough yet? And red, for me anyway, seems like a difficult color to duplicate?

Here are two images of the same flower. The first is taken without a light, just opening up the camera. The second under a spot light. Revealing two moods of this gorgeous American Beauty Dahlia flower.

I found Christopher Beane’s book “Flower” at the library a few weeks back. He’s a New York photographer who worked at the flower market in Manhattan. He got to bring a lot of flowers home to photograph after work. So he got to control his background. I noticed this particular book has a lot flowers on black backgrounds. I’ve always enjoyed black backgrounds on a lot of things, black seems to bring out the colors more? But I haven’t photographed flowers on a black background yet? Yes, with all the flower images I’ve taken so far, the ones with black backgrounds were taken like that. I’m normally out in a garden somewhere finding images where the background can be controlled, but not changed. I haven’t spent a lot of time photographing flowers in the studio, under lights yet. I decided to give it a try.

I visited my neighborhood flower stand – Flower Bomb – the other day and found some beautiful Dahlias to photograph. This is new for me too; I have only bought flowers for photography a few times. It’s fun to support small local businesses.

I got the flower home and started in on the task. It’s a little more difficult than one might thing? I mean anyone can point a light at a flower and take a picture, right? I did that, was done in about 15 minutes. But since you have everything set up and the model is willing, might as well get creative, right? Next thing I knew it was 2 hours later! And I still had another 3 flowers to photograph. So, I guess there’s the time invested and whether one has such time to invest in a project like this? That was just my first session with this flower.

Hope you enjoy? Remember to share! Let me know if you think you might want a print?

Peace

~V

Tulips, Tulips, and more Tulips

There’s just something about the challenge of photographing Tulips? While a good external profile image can be enjoyable. There’s just something about catching the light at the most appropriate moment and exploring inside the Tulip flower.

Here are three of my favorites from recently.

Plus, the different focus planes inside this flower can be a challenge. Just some of the different planes in these images include; the stamens, pistils, the tips of the petals, the base of the petals. I’ve found that I haven’t come across a good image as yet, when focusing on the tips of the petals?

Then you have the lighting. The inside of most Tulips can almost be cavernous, hence images from inside tend to be dark and not very compelling. But catch the flower at the perfect time of day, with the sun shining through? Hmm, The colors are amazing. But sometimes you can come away from the flower with a good image using a flash. The third image above can be found in this category.

Hope you enjoy? Share some color with a friend today.

Peace

~V

Oestre! The Goddess of Spring! Welcome back!

C Vincent Ferguson - Purple Easter Tulip - Digital Image
C Vincent Ferguson – Purple Easter Tulip – Digital Image

My gift to You

Oestre! The Goddess of Spring! Welcome back!

“It makes no difference who or what you are, old or young, black or white, pagan, Jew, or Christian,

I want to love you all and be loved by you all, and I mean to have your love.”

~Victoria Woodhull

2 Quote A Flower.com

Peace

~V

Magnolia: The Magnificent Spring Tree

I had to confess last week, upon walking through a local park, I picked a Magnolia Blossom and brought it home. It was just too tempting to not get that flower under my lights in the studio and create some images. My justification was that if perhaps I come up with some decent images, maybe this beautiful Magnolia flower will be seen by folks worldwide, rather than by those who happened to be walking by when this blossom was blooming? Maybe this flower will bring some inspiration to some who takes its beauty in? Well, that’s a big Maybe? But here are a handful of images that I was able to create after getting this beauty in a light box and under some studio lighting. Hope you like, and happy Spring.

Peace

~V

Grape Hyacinth

While riding my bike to work the other day I came across these Bluebell flowers growing in a little garden on at the top of a wall along the sidewalk. I remembered I had my camera with me and had a little bit of time so I stopped and found these images among others. Kind of cool, love the purple tones. Hyacinth flowers are all introduced to North America, some grow like weeds. They are more native to the Mediterranean area of the World, Northern Africa and Southern Europe. These flower add a little purple color to the early Spring flowers community.

Peace

~V

Winter Holly Berries

Well, it looks as if Winter is here in the Pacific Northwest. While Winter officially doesn’t start for another couple weeks, the weather we’re getting is definitely Winter-like. I love the rain! The snow? I tend to have problems with. Fortunately, we don’t get a lot of that in Portland, OR anyway.

In getting ready for the gray colors of Winter, I wanted to feature some images with a little color. And the Golden Milkboy Holly bush filled that desire with plenitude. With it’s read berries and multi-colored leaves this plant is a hardy one that can withstand the Winters and Weather of a Northern climate. Portland is an ideal place to this plant to flourish. I found these images while walking around Hoyt Arboretum one morning. Hope you like? Let me know in the comments section, and remember to share this post with all your friends.

Peace

~V

Where Can you Purchase Awesome Floral Prints?

I just signed up for Fine Art America!

This is a website devoted to helping artists get their work out to the public. To check out some awesome flower images, including some of my own featured here in this post, on this blog, and my 2 Quote A Flower Blog, visit my Fine Art America Store.

Support small businesses and artists but remember to always have fun shopping!

Peace

~V

Sunflowers

Okay, part two in a two part series, last week featured Sunflower Buds, this week it’s all about the Sunflower. Here are some images I found out on Sauvies Island a couple weeks back. We were late for berries, I thought Marion Berries fruited in August? But this year we were late at the end of July. Bummer days for berries, but we found the flower garden, with bees flying all around the flowers. These are some of the sunflower images I found that day.

The Sunflower is a very interesting plant. It seems like it’s grown mostly as a decorative flower these days. It’s considered a weed in most parts of America now, but is edible and was very integral to the Native American way of life in early America. It grows fast and can easily take over a field when unmaintained. But it’s foliage is powerful in it’s ability to clean the dirt. Taking the toxins out and re-establishing the dirt for cultivation. Some farms today will grow Sunflower around the outer edges of a farm field, then plow the foliage over the field after the field has been harvested. But it also requires a lot of work to keep the Sunflower growing in a limited area. A lot of manpower is needed often during the year to keep the Sunflower maintained. Making it hard to be a widely used cultivated plant. But we make do anyway, by consuming mass quantities of Sunflower Oils and Seeds as a delicious snack. What can I say, it’s a delicious plant.

I hope you agree and enjoy! Please remember to share with your friends.

Peace

~V

Sunflower Buds

This is actually the first of a two part post. The Sunflower images I’ve managed to collect from this year’s offerings are pretty cool, in my humble opinion. I just have to share! Let me know what you think. Next Saturday, I’ll put out a post that features some Sunflowers in full bloom.

I just can’t help but gaze at these images, they are really that cool. I think I got lucky. But being originally a born and raised, good ‘ole Kansas boy, where Sunflowers are the state flower, I might be a little bias? Let me know what you think? Or, simply enjoy this images as they are presented. And wait in anticipation for next week’s images.

Remember to always share!

Peace

~V

 

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