Sunday, August 19, 2012

Macro + Flowers

Every once in a while I get the yearning to pull out my macro lens and head to some local spots that are teeming with flowers.  On this day it had rained the night before into the morning, so I wanted to see if I could make use of the raindrops in some compelling flower photos.

After all was said and done the shots that I liked the most did not involve raindrops.  The unique state of the flowers and plants in the late-summer season are what made the more compelling compositions.

The first shot below show a flower shot from the side, in a typically soft macro-lens style.  But the carpels (I think that's what they're called) are loosening from the flower and pointing in various directions, creating a little bit of contrast to the smooth petals and background.

In the next series of shots I was shooting the large hibiscus flowers, and after getting some somewhat interesting shots of the stamens I was attracted to the buds.  These buds had all sorts of interesting lines and curves.  This series of three shots shows what drew me to these buds.

We are on the downward curve of summer heading for fall, so I'm going to try to maximize the summer shooting season as long as I can.

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Lititz Show 2012

I attended the Lititz Craft Fair last weekend, and good times were had by all.  The weather was great, the crowds were great, and the buying was brisk.  It was my second year at this show, and I was expecting a "sophomore slump", meaning I thought that this year many of the regular attendees at the show would have already seen my work and my sales would drop a bit because of this.

But this show is so big and pulls in people from all around the Lancaster area there were a lot of new visitors.  I also had a number of new pieces on display and this always draws people's attention.

One visitor was actually returning from last year, and she walked right up to a framed print of the image below of the purple flowers .  She had seen this print at the last show but I think she decided to wait.  So she was ready, and wanted to buy a matted version as soon as she entered my tent. So of course I obliged.

I will be sending in my renewal form for this show ASAP.

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