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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.

sclillies-2129-bwI 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.

sclillies-hpm2023bwI 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 able to start picking some soon and doing some photos with them.  They are such a beautiful flower to photograph.  If I ever get my extension tubes it will be fun seeing what else I can get with those.

This was meant to be a quick post today, I’m a bit tired, it has been a very busy seven days.  I am looking forward to do nothing, though I need to start working on some images from the Pink Lakes, which I am excited about.  It is also going to be a very foggy morning tomorrow morning, so I want to get out there with my camera, and capture some foggy images, maybe one will be perfect for MMC9.

Next Up for Discussion Post.

On Tuesday I am going to do a post on HDR photography for my Up for Discussion post.  I know many people have questions about HDR photography, so I am happy for you to submit your questions to me and I will put them at the end of the post, so hopefully some other people can give you answers, especially if I don’t know the answer.  If you have a question, email it to me and put HDR in the subject line.

As usual the gallery so you can look at the images individually.

Wishes and Dreams

The other day I told you that it would be my birthday today, and it still is, so I decided that todays post might be a bit different.  I had planned on starting with the tutorials today, but I couldn’t think of what to do.  I don’t really know what people want to see.  Then I decided to do a post on what photography is to me.  I hope you can handle it.

Trumpet ImitationSome time ago I did a post asking what type of photographer are you, and I decided that I wasn’t a technical photographer.  I have thought about that question many times since then.  Recently I was asked what does it mean to be a photographer.  I also said in a post a couple of days ago that I see images everywhere.  I really do, I dream them, I see them walking around, when I am watching TV I see photos on the TV and in my head.  I never stop seeing them.  My head is full of things I want to photograph and what I want to do to them.

So being a photographer, what is it?

To everyone it is going to be different.  As I said, the image is everything.  What the final photograph will be.  It used to be about the moment the shutter release button was pressed and the image was taken, but now there are so many more options.

An image starts as an idea.  I have an idea that I think could make a good image.  Then comes the planning.  How am I going to take the image, can I get access, when is the best time to take it.  I have a notebook that I have with me always so I can write down my plans.  Then comes the planning of the actual trip.  When will I go, will I go by myself or take a friend.  It is good when I have company, but sometimes it is way better to go by myself.

The images are taken and then put on the computer.  More planning starts, what can I do to them?  Have I got what I hoped for?  Did I get something better?  Will I need to go out and do them again?

It never stops.  My brain is full of photography.  So much thought goes into my work.

Etched GlassNot everything works, and today on my birthday I have to wonder if I have given it all too much, but I won’t wallow.  It has been an interesting few years.

So what type of photographer are you?  How do you plan what you do?

Again, it is my birthday and I wanted to thank everyone for the birthday wishes.  It has been a nice day and not as hot as we thought it would be.

If you wanted to give me a present, haha, well I am looking for donations so I can get the software to let me do the video tutorials for you.  It isn’t compulsory and you really don’t have to, but if you want to help, the software is going to cost me $300, so if would like to contribute, then please just click on the donate button on the side.

The first image today is another Lily, I hope that is okay.  I really love them, and I quite liked the composition on this one.  It has been processed the same as yesterdays.  The second image, I think may have gone out too dark, but I wanted to show the etched glass.  I hope you like it.

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.

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