Moving in close to your subject often results in some nice photos. Had I not done so with these two photos, I might have missed the bumblebee in the center of the flower, as well as the silky spiderweb, covered with early morning dew. I wondered if the ole spider was looking out at me from inside its hole … but I didn’t want to get “that” close to see if that was so.
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Where these little pansies came from is beyond me … I did not plant them. It’s been a good summer for flowers in SW Virginia, especially in our neighborhood. It makes me smile when I see hearty, small beauties like these pop up in unexpected places, like in the midst of some pebble-rock fill I placed around a walkway off our back porch. Now that Fall has arrived … officially … I suspect we’ll be seeing more color on the trees, and less in flower gardens. Enjoy it while we have it!
A last minute decision yesterday to take my camera with me on my AM walk through our neighborhood resulted in two things…I got some exercise and I found that the early morning light made for some interesting photos of still colorful vegetation with cooler temperatures on the way. I have been wanting to get a shot of the bamboo stand, but it’s deep in the yard of a neighbor, and I was until this time reluctant to get up close. I sometimes get a bit nervous when using my camera around homes, because you never know what people may think I am doing. Most recognize me, however, because I have been walking / jogging through the area for a long time…often with camera in hand. So, as I have written several times before it’s usually a good move to have your camera handy, because you never know what you’re going to see. I am pretty happy with these images and trust you will enjoy them.
As I was walking along a sidewalk recently in Danville, Virginia, I decided without much thought to take a turn in order to go around by the side of a brick home. This image was my photographic reward for doing so. One thing which I decided is true…at least for me, is that whenever I go out looking for possible photo subjects, I typically have no plan. I am not alone on these trips, because I know the good Lord is along with me inside. In every case, He rewards me for my faith knowing I will find joy in my work…visually…with images that not only make me happy, but hopefully others as well. Faith and photography…interesting concept.
Thanks to digital imagery software, we are able to take an original digital photo and make certain adjustments to convert that image into one which looks like an oil painting. Here is one example. Flowers are especially good for this sort of conversion. As an aside, I suppose we can stop referring to photos as being “digital” versus “film” since the latter has pretty much passed into photographic history…although in consideration of some photographer purists, film is still being used.
As I was walking along a downtown city street in a small town near our home in SW Virginia, I noticed that several merchants had placed various types of potted plants in front of their establishments. That made the street scene look nice and friendly. But one merchant did something a bit different. That potted plant had a large mirror mounted on the brick wall behind the plant. That made for a “different look” and that’s what I saw. From a photo composition standpoint, I wanted to first place myself in such a position so as to keep my feet out of the reflection in the mirror, plus I was looking to break up the composition so as to provide as much contrast as possible between the objects involved…example:not let any one thing “take over” the image.