Passionate about passion flowers…

todaysMoodFirst saw this species at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens over 10 years ago & have been intrigued & obsessed w/it ever since…so it’s great that my neighbor, Jean, planted a vine that is thriving:) Passion Flowers grow onĀ  climbing vines..during their blooming season, the flowers start to open slowly…some varieties open later in the day and then close at night. So each day is a surprise. She had just watered the vine with an old fashioned large round sprinkler head. I just love photographing this flower.

Getting ready for animation…

For several years I’ve been thinking about animating flowers against moving water…the digital montage has always fascinated me. Historically, when photographing on location, I stop down the aperture, get close, and isolate the subject against the existing environment. My neighbor has a beautiful plant in bloom right now. However, this project requires a different approach and the challenge increases as the complexity of the flower increases. I have been building a library of my favorite “isolated” flowers and it’s time to include the passion flower. These were made on location and I placed a piece of white paper behind the plant. Next step may well be to ask my neighbor if I can snip one to bring home. To be continued.

day 4 – practice CaptureOne…

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for the next 13 days, will post a new CaptureOne Practice Edit…the short term goal is to see significant progress in working with this exciting program…

#4 – layers allow significant in program control (in this case – healing) and this version has significantly more even color in the blue petals of the orchid than a previous Lightroom edit. This CaptureOne edit matches my memory of the flower and hope to see something equally unique tomorrow when we visit the Orchid Show at The New York Botanical Gardens. Wait for this day every year!!!

day 3 – practice CaptureOne…

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for the next 14 days, will post a new CaptureOne Practice Edit…the short term goal is to see significant progress in working with this exciting program…

#3 – this tool is simply humbling, more so than an impolite critique and we’ve all been thru those:) and makes a case for also trying CO tether!

Macro focus is a challenge for me…my first photography professor looked at an image and “sorta sniffed” and whispered “depth of field”…so for years f11 just always felt right…it still does, although recently have been exploring the opposite. On one hand, it feels liberating to open up my aperture to the max and actually get a strand of focus in just the right spot.

So the Focus Mask display in CaptureOne is a fantastic reality check. And, it’s also important to keep in mind personal values in terms of style and experimentation.