Flower 05

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I saw this flower yesterday on my morning exercise walk. It was a cloudy day meaning the skies acted like a giant soft-box. I almost overlooked this flower in one of my neighbors front yard. I had perfect light, leading lines and a single subject. Great conditions for a shot.

Happy Friday and keep on photographing!

Flower 03

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This image has a great dynamic. The center of the rose is on the upper right side and still my eyes normally go to the brightest spot which is on the lower left side. My eyes wander then along the circular lines to the upper right. The large dark shadow right below the center of the rose and the water drops add to the dramatic of this image.

Enjoy and happy photographing  

Flower 01

Today it is Valentine’s Day, a great opportunity to photograph flowers. Buy your loved-one some flowers and before you give them to her/him, photograph them. What a great exercise for this week!

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I bought 12 roses and a friend of mine created a wonderful arrangement. I decided to start out with one rose. In order to add a nice touch to the photograph I used my sprayer to create some mist. I used one strobe light from the left, the light softened by an umbrella, and a fill in reflector on the right side.

One more tip: If you use Photoshop, duplicate the original image. Use “Gaussian” blur on the the duplicate layer to blur the image at a radius around “4 pixels” and the use “overlay” to create your image.

As always: Have fun with this exercise!

Background 01

Several of my photography teachers pointed out the importance of the background of an image. One even said that he starts out considering the background before he looks at the subject of an image. A background image is defined as an image without a clear subject. This week photograph backgrounds. You can look at texture, color, blurr images etc.

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I photographed this background at the beach. It is blurred water. Enjoy this exercise and start collecting a background file folder. Background images can become very handy from time to time.As always, enjoy this exercise!