Over the past 4 weeks my life has been turned upside down and inside out (don’t worry it has a very happy ending). As most of my regular readers know I have an office job that supports me and allows me the funds to fulfill my passion of photography. I made a decision a few weeks ago to accept a new opportunity and challenge and leave my job that I had for 14 years.
I am a person who is stable and love security in my world, so this decision has totally taken me outside my comfort zone and pushed myself out there to find the next phase of my life, whilst sometimes scary I know that in life you have to always look forward, not back and shine.
I am totally blessed, this week especially, as events and gestures by these wonderful people have left me speechless (that in itself is a miracle). You may ask what this has to do with photography, well one of my gifts was beautiful pink gerberas. The pink in each flower has many tones, ranging from the lightest of pink to the darkest almost red pink.
As you have probably guessed by now, Yes – I had to get out my camera and photograph them. My trusty Nikon in hand with my 105mm macro lens on board I headed into the kitchen, grabbed the vase of flowers and a little water ready to spend the next half an hour photographing this gift from every angle. It is amazing just how many different photos you can take from one flower and have it look totally different. I was always taught to “shot it until it is dead” 🙂 .
Oh of course once you go to process the photos you can add much more character and create art. The beauty of the Gerbera in my opinion is that whether you choose photos in colour or black and white they look amazing and can be totally unique.
Here are some of my favourite Black and White photos from my half hour of play. I choose to process these photos in 3 different ways, natural black and white, highkey and very contrasting.
Now looking at my favourite colour photos I chose to process two of the photos showing off the water droplets and the lovely changes of the pink colouring on the petals, another photo as soft and faded and the last photo bright, vibrant and a little darker.
I hope you have enjoyed seeing a few photos from my half hour play and agree with me just how different one flower can look. I forgot to add above that this play session was carried out around 6.30pm. Just goes to show that you can always make a little time for photography, especially when you have such a gorgeous subject to work will.
Until next week.