It had been my plan to do a tutorial today, but I was having a hard time working out what I was going to do, and time is short today. I have to do a few things. I went out this morning, and I was going to buy some flowers and photograph them, but nothing caught my eye. Then as I was coming back into my drive, I saw the Bird of Paradise plant and noticed that all the flowers on it were all dead. They are all drying up, so I thought I might do those.
You can see the one up there. I still love how they look after they have died. When you look at them closely there seems to be so much more detail and so much more to them than there is when they first open. I should try photographing them one day when they have just opened.
The flower takes on another meaning with the black backdrop and I can’t help thinking that it reminds me of something in the deep depths of the sea that you get to see when someone sends something down to photograph them.
This has been processed in Color Efex and was put into it twice so I could use two different presets. I like the softness of it and the colours. The sepia tones have given it another feeling from the first.
I have picked some others and had planned on photographing them all, but with all the hot weather we have been having I have had to pull down the awning on the outside of the house and the house has become quite dark. I might have to wait to do some still lifes like these once the summer has passed. The Australian light in summer can be so harsh, so it is best to be careful with photography at this time of the year.
I have been thinking of starting a newsletter for people to subscribe to, there will be a small subscription fee for it. It will start fairly soon. I just need to iron out some details, the newsletter will have more information, more tutorials and hopefully people who want to learn about photography will get a lot more out of them. I hope some of you will consider subscribing to it.