Friday Flowers

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Thinking outside the box is a catch phrase we hear very often today.  I was listening to the radio on my way to work the other day and the DJ was talking about catch phrases . He went on to say that catch these phrases were used but disliked by so many people.  I guess this is one I’m not particularly fond of, but it does describe today’s photograph quite well.

I think for many of us we stay with things we know, things that are familiar and comfortable to us.  I find that is the case with me and most of my photographs.  So today, I wanted to try something that is a bit different for me and maybe not quite as orderly as my normal composition.  There are many people I follow on Instagram, many whom I admire.  I read somewhere that if you admire other people’s work, the idea is not to copy what they do, but to incorporate elements of what you like about their work into your own style.

I find this type of composition to be a bit more challenging, because it’s unfamiliar and uncomfortable for me.  However, sometimes it’s nice to do something out of the ordinary and spread your wings.  Today, I believe I tried something a little different and fun.  It’s nice to show a lighter side of things sometimes.

Camera settings: 50mm; ISO 400; 1/50 sec; f/2.8

If you would like to follow me on Instagram please click here.  Thanks for sharing in my journey, have a lovely weekend.  Until next time … Debra


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Still Life on Chairs … I never realized there were so many different ways you can do still life. I suppose it’s obvious you can do this type of photo wherever you want. A table top has been my main area to take this type of photograph. Still life is a very interesting venture for me. It takes all sorts of creativity. I have blocks in that creativity sometimes on a daily basis. Landscape was my first love in photography and as you can well imagine, I didn’t have to create anything! It was all created for me. I just had to have my camera settings right and be there in the right lighting.

With Still Life, I have to have the right surface, the right lighting and the right items to be in the photograph. And it really does take some creativity to get the items set up just right. I’ve learned so much about Still Life in the last year it’s just crazy! Today my photo is a simple one with a small vase of flowers … and you can’t even see the vase! I laid a couple of pieces of linen across the back of the chair just to give something smooth and flowing to the photo, but I’m really not sure how ‘flowy’ it is. I’d love it if you wandered through my Instagram by clicking here. You’ll get a good look at my growth in this area of photography.

Once you get your items all set up you then have to do the editing. That is a whole process in itself … you can create many different photographs with the same image just with different processing. I’ve learned to create Lightroom presets that I can use over and over, but I’ve also bought so many from Kim Klassen. If you aren’t familiar with her work I encourage you to check her out. She has been a great influence for me, along with many other ladies, in this still life journey.

Camera Settings: 50mm, 1/45, f/2.8, ISO 500

Thank you again for stopping!

Carolyn

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