It’s Tuesday, and I am preparing my image for Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness Week 52. For 52 weeks now Leanne has been hosting a blog post featuring monochrome images from different photographers from around the world. Working my way through the gallery each week has been inspirational, so many great images, so many great blogs!
I have to admit, with all the travelling we have done I have been a little hit and miss, and over the last couple of weeks I have missed more than I have contributed to the post. So I offer Leanne this lovely Peace Lily, a heart felt congratulations for a job well done, and a big thank-you for introducing me to so many great photographers and bloggers. The world seems a little smaller, and people a little more connected through her work.
If you fancy black and white photography head on over to her blog and check out some of the other contributors and I have a link to some of the images and past blog posts for Monochrome Madness.
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we have been busy getting our lives organized here in Calgary, I am not sure where the time goes, but my routine for photography, blogging, exercise, and reading seems to have gone right out the door!
I hope you enjoy the tulips, I am hoping to start back into photographing at least one still life a week! I think that should be feasible?!
Drop a line, let me know what you think of the tulips. Share the post with your friends if you like it, and you can find me on instagram if that is where you like to hang out to look at pretty pictures!
The days have been getting shorter, we have witnessed cities and town putting Christmas lights on the light standards and in the streets, and I have been talking about Christmas Markets, so yesterday when I noticed this lovely pink rose blooming in the cemetery at the St. Peter’s Abbey, in Salzburg Germany, I was surprised to see it.
Flowers blooming in November, in Calgary Alberta, just doesn’t happen, unless of course they are house plants, then I started to think about the date, and realized it was only 34 days until Christmas.
One of my favourite flowers, the poppy, so many colours, blowing and dancing delicately in the breeze. Then when the flower is gone the seed pod is always interesting.
There isn’t much to be said about a pretty flower photo, so I thought I would show you what I started with……..
When I was travelling I limited the lens I carried and without a macro lens I was unable to fill the frame the way I wanted to. I knew that I would be doing some cropping in Photoshop. After the framing and cropping I then used Nik Silver Effects Pro 2 to create the black and white.
If you are new to Photoshop or Lightroom, Nik Software is a “plug-in” or for lack of a better term a program we can use inside these two editing programs to develop the image and create “quick” result. I say quick, because if you have used the software before and have a vision for what you want then the results can be quick, if however you are unsure of what might be best then there are so many variables both in presets and the changes that can be made to those presets. There are so many variables that I have been known to play with and loose an hour or more on one image! The adjustments I made are not featured in the screen shot, I recreated this image for the blog as an afterthought!
Reflecting the beautiful architecture, fountains and ponds are a feature of the palace with the soft sounds of running water said to aid in meditation, water is central to Moorish architecture, and essential to life.
It rained enough today to pull on the poncho’s, a soft gentle rain that is good for the ground and the flowers. I needed to get down in the grass along the side of the road, to get close enough to the poppy I wanted to show the raindrops, and then wait for that perfect moment when she was standing still to get this shot.
I love seeing the beautiful red poppies blowing in the breeze beside the road.
The timing for our walk through Spain, and the Via la Plata has been perfect for spring flowers.
Hopefully we have more sunshine and less rain tomorrow.
Last summer we visited the University Botanical Gardens , their canopy walk was so much fun, and their gardens a mix of BC rainforest, alpine garden, and asian garden, they have a food garden, and so much more.
This beautiful Blue Himalayan Poppy had a tiny bit of sunshine shining through the forest on it, the head was so heavy it was hanging down. There I was laying on the ground trying to get this image. Luck was with me, first it wasn’t windy, and the poppy was sitting quietly in the sun. Secondly, only a couple of people came by and looked at me as I was laying there in the flower bed, lucky one of the gardener was not one of them. I am always very respectful about the gardens, not stepping or crushing anything else as I maneuver through to get the image I want.
I am not the greatest gardener, so it is no surprise that I have had no luck growing this beautiful flower, and I take time to photograph them when I get a chance. What is your favourite flower?
More beautiful flower images are available for licensing or printing at my gallery.
with spring finally here I can hardly wait for the flowers to bloom. I am working through some old files, and finding some flower images to satisfy my needs for flowers! I love the red poppy. They are delicate, the color is rich, and they seem to dance with the slightest breeze.
Now for something completely different. I have been publishing a lot of different portraits lately. People I have met and worked with, so I thought it was time to mix it up a little. Flowers are always so beautiful that I can’t help but take pictures of them. Especially when visiting a conservatory as lovely as the Bloedel Conservatory in Vancouver BC.
It is april in Calgary, and I have heard that spring bulbs are starting to appear in people’s gardens, not in mine, and we are going to have snow today, with colder than normal temperatures predicted for the rest of the week. I do miss the flowers.
For this image I used Nik Silver Effects Pro to creat a black and white layer then reduced the opacity to allow a small amount of the color to come through. Since the flower in the original image was a bright red, it came through with a little color while the rest remain dark.