A while back, I took a series of online Fine Art Photography classes with Kathleen Clemons. Kathleen is a top class flower photographer and many of the other students in the class chose flowers as the subject for their weekly assignments. So I decided to give flower photography a try. It has been a wonderful vision training exercise, because it is quite a bit more difficult than one would think.
I carefully chose my focus point and my settings to render a nicely out of focus background, and added a texture to the photograph later in post -processing.
It is typically not possible to get the whole flower in sharp focus when shooting up close and one of the choices one has to make is which part of the flower one focusses on. The choice has a great deal of effect on the aesthetic of the final photograph.
Shooting flowers has also given me more intuition about how my lenses see the world. And while I still have a long way to go in my flower photography, I was thrilled to learn that two of my flower photographs, shown in this blog post, were chosen for the juried exhibition “Flower Power” at the 1650 Gallery in Los Angeles, California. Opening night reception is on December 14th, 2013.
The blue background for this red flower photograph is none other than the from door of my apartment building. A texture and the reflection were added later in post-processing.
Last July, I submitted one of my photographs of Mont Pelerin, Switzerland, to an international photography competition organised by the New York Center for Photographic Art and entitled “Rural Impressions”. I am delighted to announce that my photograph was selected by juror Aline Smithson to be part of the Fall 2013 exhibition at the Soho Gallery for Digital Art in New York City from September 24th to October 4th.
During the winter months, there often is a low cloud cover over Lake Geneva, Switzerland. Climbing Mont Pelerin allows one to rise above the clouds and enjoy some stunning scenery.