Labor Day Project

September 03, 2012  •  1 Comment

As I get ready for the Garden Photographic Society's competition season to start, I spent some time today sorting through my photo files and trying to slim them down a bit.  No easy task considering I have shot over 5000 images since spring arrived!  A good part of "cleaning house" is looking back over images that I missed the first time around and discovering something in them that resonates with me.

This image was shot in the Rose Garden with the glow of sunset.  The light and shadows make it feel more like a painting than a photograph.

This waterlily is full of drama.  It took me awhile to decide if I liked it or not because of the dramatic light and shadow.  I did very little manipulation of this image - only highlighting the reflection a bit more to emphasize it.

I kept going back to this photo of the lily, partly out of remorse for how I wish I had shot it.  Rather than focusing on the stamen and anthers, I wish I had paid more attention to that lovely velvety ruffle of the petal in the upper right.  One of the fun things about macro photography is when you pull up an image on your large computer screen, part of the image you might have ignored or not even seen while shooting will pop out at you.  Ah well, next summer will bring more lilies!

This montbretia or crocosmia plant is not perfectly focused, so I think I overlooked it initially. The bright colors and that lovely depth of field with the repetition of shape in the background just grab me, however.

A lovely lotus bud, taken in the early evening light.

One last butterfly friend...

Fall is right around the corner.  The acorns are falling like crazy in our yard and we have happy squirrels, busy burying them everywhere. Fall will be busy for me, as well, as I'm back in the classroom this week with the preschoolers, and in a few weeks I begin my first class, "Abstracts in Nature," in the new photography certificate program at the Garden.  I better make room in my picture files for all the Fall images to come!

 

 


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Judy Wright(non-registered)
Just beautiful Anne! I always love to see more and more of your images. I always have something of yours running on my computer; usually as a slide show. Keep seeing the world as you do and sharing it with the rest of us.

Judy
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