All posts tagged: lilies


A Lily in Black and White

While the Monochrome Madness Challenge has been great in getting me to do more black and white, I have to say I have done some before as well.  Okay not lots, but some.  Recently I was looking through something and I found an image that I had done some time ago, perhaps two years ago, and I had forgotten how much I liked it. I loved how close and person you got with the tip of the lily.  I also really liked how you could see the textures on the flower too.  I just have always really like this composition and making the image black and white really seemed to suit it. I am pretty sure this is the same flower, but from a different angle.  Again the black and white did just suit it.  It is one thing I do like about black and white, the way you just look at shape and texture, even mood. My lilies in the garden are slowly recovering from the hot summer and I hope I will be …


The Lilies of Ages

Would you be surprised if I told you I had been doing more experimenting? Well it is true, I have been.  After doing the ones from the beach and the coastal areas it got me thinking, and I wondered what else I could apply it to.  I wondered whether or not it would work for lilies.  So I picked a few from the garden and took some photos.  I chose to use a white background, well almost white, so the colours in the image wouldn’t be too dark for the processing. I think this one worked the best.  I did 7 of them, and with each one I treated them differently.  I don’t record what I have done, but I save all the layers so I can go back and see what I did to them.  It is an interesting process, seeing how somethings can come together so beautifully, like the one above and with others, no matter what you do, nothing seems to work. Like this one.  I like aspects of it, but I …


Influencing Me – Robert Mapplethorpe

You had to know that eventually I would get around to doing one of these on Robert Mapplethorpe.  His black and white photographs are an inspiration to anyone who loves black and white imagery.  He also worked in colour, but is more known for the black and white images. He also photographed a lot of flowers.  Which is the part of his art practice that I have always enjoyed the most.  The flowers were nearly always quite simple specimens. He manipulated the flowers to suit the images he wanted.  Just because it was a flower and would look normal in most images, didn’t mean that he had to do the same thing.  He made the flowers work for the image that he wanted to create. There is a simplicity in his work, something that I have tried to achieve as well.  He doesn’t let the box that contains the image get cluttered with unnecessary props. You get to see the beauty of the flower and what it has to offer. When he does use props they are …

Lily Kind of Day

Lily’s don’t seem to grow here in the summer.  I don’t know if that is normal, or it is just the lack of water they get in my garden.  They seem to die off and then come back when the hot weather goes away.  They now remind me of cold days, so I thought they would be perfect for my post today. The lilies were taken many months ago and I went through what I had to see what I could use today.  They aren’t the best ones, you have already seen those. That day I also did some of them together.  Not really sure I like them and I suspect I have over processed them somewhat.  I was lost and I didn’t know what to do.  I need to start playing more I think. Awards I have been nominated for so many awards by so many wonderful people and I have not done anything to acknowledge them, so please be prepared for a long list. The Blog of the Year tiny lessons blog Living …

Lily Standing Tall

Quick Sunday

It has been a very busy day and I am running very behind.  Just a photo today.  This is from the Lily session I did a couple of weeks ago.I’ve been at the theatre all afternoon, the set is finished and I am looking forward to photographing the dress rehearsal tomorrow night.  Though, we have decided you won’t see them until after it opens on Thursday night.  Can I just say the set looks fantastic.

Detail of Death

Today it is my daughter, Klara’s, birthday, she is 17.  We are going out later, I don’t know for how long or if I will get a chance to do my post, so I am doing it earlier.  I have a detail of one of the lilies that I photographed a couple of days again.  I have been so excited about showing you this one. This is one of my favourite images from that session.  I love the little tail and the abstract nature of it. I did add a little detail to it to bring out the lines and the texture of it. There isn’t a great deal of difference between this one and the previous one, except there is more detail, I tried to draw more out. I had to do it in black and white.  I did this before I did any detail to the original, I like the softness of this.  I had planned on doing a HDR image with it, but I decided that the original image was fine and …

Colour Coming Through

Flowers on Sunday

So it is Sunday and I was looking at a bunch of flowers that my daughter was given and decided to take some photos of them.  I like the way petals form a new beauty under the dying flowers. Not an original thing to do, but here, sometimes you just have to do it. Sunday is overcast here, hope it is good photography weather for you.