I had some free time while Rich watched the Super Bowl. As much as I've tried to learn to like sports, it just hasn't worked. So I'm afraid the Super Bowl was accentuated with my squeals of joy as I executed a photographic vision in my macro "studio." This was the picture I envisioned. I positioned three tiny water droplets on the stamens of a dianthus flower. I then positioned …Read More
Happy Valentine's Day! This macro shot of an azalea combines flowers, water, and some filter effects that reminded me of a heart. Perfect for sharing on Valentine's Day!
My macro lens helped me explore a hibiscus flower up closeRead More
Another rainy day, another afternoon of macro photography fun with flowers and water droplets. Read More
Rainy weekends are good for water droplet macro photography. All you need is a macro lens, water mister and patience!Read More
Clouds kept me inside for some fun with flowers and water. Water droplets, refractions, flowers, RainX, and focus stacking experiments!Read More
Poor Squirt - it wasn't enough that I withheld pansies for lightpad photography once, but I had such a good time that I did it again! I took some pansies and some small petunias and played more with my new ArtOGraph Lightpad. Then I spent a rainy afternoon having fun with the post-processing. A few of these got a "hmm! I like that!" from Rich. Can you guess which ones? This …Read More
Rich got me an ArtOGraph Lightpad for Christmas, after seeing me drool over some of Denise Ippolito's flower shots. I infuriated Squirt by photographing some pansies on the Lightpad out on his porch, where he sat waiting to devour my subjects as soon as I finished photographing them. Whiskey was right there, too! At our house, flowers are meant for eating…at least according to my favorite felines. I had a …Read More
My mom's neighbors (hi Dick and Connie!) recently gave her a branch from a flowering orchid, and my mom was sweet and froze it for me! I guess she wanted to see more frozen flowers on my blog. :) Then she was nice enough to keep it in the freezer for me for a few weeks until I had a chance to take my macro lens over to shoot. So …Read More
I have a secret. Don't tell Squirt. The last time we bought him pansies, I didn't give them to him right away. I took them to the backyard and photographed them. Then he got to devour them. I have another secret. I wanted to try photographing pansies in rain, but there was no rain in the forecast. My solution? A garden hose hanging from my crape myrtle! That and a …Read More
The yellow flowers are back at the Circle B Bar Reserve! Each year in November, the marsh landscape bursts into color with the blooms of the burr marigolds. These flowers are of the scientific genus bidens, and another common name for them is beggartick. They are native to Florida and grow well in swampy locations like Circle B. Their seeds stick easily to clothing and animal fur, so they spread really …Read More
We spent a weekend in north Georgia recently to capture some of the fall foliage, and I tucked my macro lens into my bag, looking forward to the opportunity to photograph some flowers as well. The fall blooms at Callaway Gardens are always fun to shoot. The gardens have large spectacular displays of mums, and the camellias are also in bloom. It's strange to see the leaves falling off the …Read More
Can you believe it's October already? Seems like it was just yesterday that I was photographing baby Sandhill Cranes and newborn cygnets! And now the fall breeze is in the air and the days are getting shorter, quickly. That means it's time for fall mums and pumpkins! Chrysanthemums are some of my favorite flowers. They are so cheerful. They are fun to photograph in clusters. It's been a while since …Read More
We took a walk around the neighborhood the other night and I had to take my camera. Our community flower beds are full of colorful pentas right now, and they call my name every time I drive by them! The mass of colors made me want to experiment with some intentional blurs… First I tried moving the camera in small circles with a long-ish exposure. I got a lot of …Read More
A few weeks ago I spent a Saturday morning at Bok Tower, a wonderful garden in Lake Wales, Florida. It was architected by Frederick Law Olmstead and dedicated by President Coolidge in 1929. The tower itself is fun to photograph, but what attracted me was the possibility of migrant warblers. I seem to find a lot of them on good days. There was also a Rufous Hummingbird that visited there …Read More
Ever since my first frozen flower experiments, Rich whispers "Freeze me!" in my ear every time we pass a clump of African Irises. On a recent rainy day (we've had plenty of those!), I took a flower inside and did some more experimentation. This time I didn't freeze the flower. I set it up in my living room and played with lighting. I'm primarily a bird and wildlife photographer, so …Read More
A while back I read a fun blog entry by Denise Ippolito where she froze flowers to photograph. It sounds weird, but she got some amazing results. Then my friend Kathy Urbach started experimenting with the same technique. I liked their images and decided to try the technique myself. It's not as easy as it sounds! First you have to pick a flower or composition that will look good frozen. …Read More
The other day we got home from work and Squirt really, really wanted to go out on the porch. So did Whiskey. How to say no to two adorable cats? So I grabbed my macro lens and extension tubes and we all went outside. While the boys sniffed the breeze and chased lizards, I photographed flowers. One of my favorite daylilies, a pale pink variety with a yellow center, was …Read More
My daylilies in the backyard are starting to bloom, and they are so colorful. I've been having fun with my macro lens, Photoshop, the Nik filters, and some Fractalius. (Rich loves to tease me that I have Windows running on my Mac for almost the sole purpose of the Fractalius Photoshop filter!) It's fun to sit and play with angles in-camera, and then colors and effects on the computer. …Read More
This past weekend I was feeling well enough to get out and shoot, but it was windy and rainy. Yuck! So I got out the camera and headed for my own backyard. My azaleas are in full bloom, and they are just gorgeous. Luckily the rain didn't blow all the azalea blooms away like last year! I couldn't resist the opportunity for close-up shots of the raindrops on the blooms… …Read More
Today is Groundhog Day, and Punxsutawney Phil says that we're in for an early spring. Thank goodness — I'm tired of the cold! I didn't need a groundhog to tell me that spring is coming, though. My backyard plants are telling me all about it. The oaks are putting out their new leaves already, my azaleas started to bloom several weeks ago, and my honeysuckle never stopped blooming this winter. …Read More
You know you've been bitten by the photography bug when you're in a garden center, and you see a display of flowering Gerber Daisies, and you purchase it thinking, "oooh, that one would look good with the Fractalius filter applied!" You can have lots of fun with a pot of Gerber Daisies, Photoshop, and filters… I love Gerber Daisies. They are colorful, they have such interesting centers, and they are …Read More
It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas! Work is done for the year, the cats are enjoying the cold front breezes out on the porch, and I got to photograph Squirt's favorite holiday treat. Well, one of Squirt's favorite holiday treats. :)
I'm always surprised at camellia blooms because they remind me so much of my roses. The colors of this one are very delicate and pretty. Pale whites and pinks make me think of spring - but it's December! I need to go find some poinsettias to play with. :)
I recently photographed some tiny flowers. I don't know what kind they were. Rich stood patiently as I crawled on the ground to get really close. I liked the images, but they seemed a little boring. So I played a little bit with the Color Efex Pro and Fractalius filters…
I didn't have a chance to get out and do photography this weekend, so I don't have new Florida pictures to share. So I'll keep sharing shots from my recent vacation to Callaway Gardens. Mum's the word!
I was surprised to find the camellias blooming already in Georgia. The fresh delicate blooms contrasted so much with the fall colors and dead leaves that surround the bushes. Two bees were pollinating this bloom that I spotted high over my head. In the background are the bright yellow and orange leaves of a tree still in full color.
The light levels were low at the Vegetable Garden most evenings when we were at Callaway Gardens. Plus it was wintertime, and there weren't many birds around. I photographed a few Yellow-Rumped Warblers and a Junco, which is really common but not in Florida, and then my attention turned to other photogenic subjects. This clump of cosmos was about the only colorful thing in the garden. I decided to take …Read More
I photographed these chrysanthemums covered in dew early one morning on our recent vacation. Aren't they pretty? I love the deep red tones and the little water droplets.
I keep playing with water droplet experiments, and I think I'm getting better. I still haven't quite captured the image that's in my mind's eye, but this one comes the closest. This is one of Squirt's first-of-fall pansies, photographed through water droplets scattered on my porch glass-top table. I dragged a lamp out on the porch on a very overcast morning to improve the lighting conditions. I also tried a …Read More
With this week's cold snap, my summer flowers are dying off, including my clumps of Mexican Sunflowers. I photographed these a while ago playing again with water droplets. I liked this attempt better than my last one, when I had very little light. This latest attempt was at sunset with lots of light - and the reflections were so much better!
Before I let the cats devour their first-of-fall pansies, I claimed the six-packs for myself and had some fun with my macro lens. I love the colors of pansies - purples and reds with great yellow centers. They are my favorite wintertime flower and I'll have to take advantage of this week's cold snap to go plant some in the backyard!
It's not often that my non-photographer husband walks into the room, looks at my screen, and says "oh wow!" So I decided I should share the recent image that got his attention. These pink flowers caught my eye as the pale pink contrasted so nicely with the dark green tones. I put on my extension tubes and photographed the little flowers from all angles. Then I had fun with filters …Read More
It was a gray, icky day yesterday, so I had fun playing with my camera and flowers in my own backyard. I had read about a technique for water droplet images on Denise Ippolito's blog, and I decided to experiment and see what I could do. This is a zinnia flower taken through a sheet of glass sprayed with water droplets. I had a great time experimenting, and this was …Read More