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?
I’m deeply saddened by the events that happened in Florida Sunday morning. June is normally the month of pride for the LGBT Community. Has been every year for as long as I can remember. It’s a time when folks come together to celebrate their differences and express love and appreciation for that difference. This expression of love and appreciation suffered a direct attach because of people who are indifferent toward those emotions. I feel sorry for those people who have to support hate and indifference toward others. Your isolation is what worries me most. There’s not one ounce of caring left in your soul that you have to attack others in their expression of love? It’s really just pitiful.
I come from a background with a family overcome with hatred and nonacceptance. Not only because I’m Gay, but they tend not to understand or take into account the feelings of anyone that crosses their path. I feel sorry for them, because they can’t see past their blinding ignorance. I wish it would change, but they have to change themselves. I can only encourage and remain dedicated to who I am and live the best possible life, in peace and acceptance, that I can.
I remember growing up in a suburb outside of Kansas City. My mother was originally from Mississippi, Dad was from Pennsylvania. They met in Florida while Dad was in the Navy. Moved to Kansas so that he could work at TWA for 30 years. They raised a big ole Catholic family. I have 6 siblings and every year at Spring Break we all would hop into the car and take the trip to Mississippi to visit Mom’s family. I absolutely loved those trips, squeezed into the Oldsmobile, or in the later years we moved up and were to able to afford a Chevy Caprice Classic wagon. What an ugly car! And ours was this puke green color. I’m not sure why that particular car ended up being the chosen one?
One year on a visit to my grandmothers, I was playing in the front yard of my grandmother’s house, with a few siblings and cousins. It was kind of early in the morning and I guess it was garbage day? There was the garbage truck slowly moving it’s way up the street. Driven and operated by an older African American man. Well, older? To me at that age all men were older. As he picked up the can in front of my grandmother’s house he threw it over the back of the truck, a few things spilled over the side and on to the street. My grandmother was out the kitchen door almost immediately and began yelling at the poor guy! Calling him every name in the book! “God-damned N-word!” Yelling at the top of her voice. I was shocked that it was happening, let alone so publicly. I couldn’t believe my Grandmothers expression of hatred toward this man, and I felt sorry for the poor Garbage Truck Operator. That incident was one of the first times where I saw such an expression of hatred and intolerance and it’s made an indelible mark on my mind every since.
I’ve never been someone who has a lot of disposable income. But I want to help the victims in Orlando, Florida anyway that I can. Then I thought, “maybe I could offer a photograph?” So, I’ve decided to donate the proceeds from this image – Sunflower Opens – posted above as sold through Fine Art America. I haven’t sold any prints of this image yet and think it’s a beautiful one. It’s one of my favorites.
When a tragedy unfolds like the one in Florida this past weekend, believe it or not it opens the door to new opportunities. That’s what this opening Sunflower represents to me. It’s the opening up of a new flower, like the opening up of new relationships and opportunities. Plus, to me this image has a peaceful, almost serene quality within.
Please feel free to visit the listing for this print at Sunflower Opens at Fine Art America.
I end every post I’ve put on this blog with the word Peace. I try and end every conversation I have with the word Peace. Because I believe we need more Peace the the world.
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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.
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.
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Well, I’ve certainly accumulated a good amount of Sunflower images this Summer. It seems that, like Dahlias and Zinnias right now, Sunflowers are all over the place? And the bees seem to really like Sunflowers? That’s probably normal, I just don’t remember actually seeing so many bees swarming around the Sunflower in the past?
The sunflower is the official Kansas State Flower. The only reason I know that is because I spent some time living in Kansas a few years back. These images are not from Kansas, they are indeed found while out on my several walks around Portland, OR so far this Summer. Hope you like these images and why not have a few Sunflower Seeds while viewing.
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The Kansas State flower.
Still a beautiful flower with a special place in my heart – since I’m originally from Kansas.
This is the best description I’ve found for Sunflowers, from Wikipedia no doubt.
“What is usually called the “flower” on a mature sunflower is actually a “flower head” (also known as a “composite flower”) of numerous florets (small flowers) crowded together. The outer petal-bearing florets (ray florets) are sterile and can be yellow, red, orange, or other colors. The florets inside the circular head are called disc florets, which mature into seeds
The flower petals within the sunflower’s cluster are always in a spiral pattern. Generally, each floret is oriented toward the next by approximately the golden angle, 137.5°, producing a pattern of interconnecting spirals, where the number of left spirals and the number of right spirals are successive Fibonacci numbers. Typically, there are 34 spirals in one direction and 55 in the other; on a very large sunflower there could be 89 in one direction and 144 in the other. This pattern produces the most efficient packing of seeds within the flower head.”
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