Mama said…

March 25, 2010 § 8 Comments

The other night, I was asked to close the bathroom window because my mom didn’t want “the orchids to get cold”. I took a few steps and pondered this…Then I started laughing. Loud, which for those of you that know me, is the ONLY way I laugh.

I asked her why, and she then proceeded to tell me that she didn’t want the orchids to catch cold.

My mom is from New Orleans, and even though she has lived in California longer than she live in Louisiana, she still has a very thick accent. So when she talks about orchids catching cold with a bit of a drawl, it just strikes my funny bone.

That statement also summed up my mom and her care of her flowers so well. She can make pretty much anything grow and can resurrect anything that has stopped growing. She makes flower centerpieces just for dinner, and makes the ordinary (flowers, gift baskets, drapes, you name it) beautiful.

Besides acting as my art director and marketing director, my mom is also a great influence in my photography. Because of her, I am in love with macro flower photography, and take photos like this any chance I can get:

Purple

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD780 IS
Exposure: 0.005 sec (1/200)
Aperture: f/3.2
Focal Length: 5.9 mm
ISO Speed: 200

Purple Iris 2

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD780 IS
Exposure: 0.013 sec (1/80)
Aperture: f/3.2
Focal Length: 5.9 mm
ISO Speed: 200

I did a little bit of experimenting with Lightroom 3 beta on this one and added a watermark. Hmm, maybe I should check out the online tutorials for LR3.

The irises are from the yard of a co-worker that were brought into the office. I saw these purple beauties and just had to get my paws on my camera. Since I was at work, all I had was my trusty point and shoot. Luckily, I am pleased with how the macro works on my “little” camera.

And pictures of those orchids with a cold to come soon.

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Whiskers on puppies

March 8, 2010 § 5 Comments

OK, if you don’t like puppies, just stop reading.

Actually, if you don’t like puppies, maybe it’s time for a little self reflection. Who doesn’t like to at least look at puppies??!

So, my lovely friend had some adorable puppies about 7 weeks ago. Well, her dog did. I have been waiting for these puppies to become little fuzzballs of love for their closeups, and I was not prepared for the cuteness before me:

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Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Exposure: 0.013 sec (1/80)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 90 mm
ISO Speed: 4000

They are a mix of possibly Jack Russell Terrier and Chihuahua (but they are cute, I swear!). I only got a chance to really photograph two of them, since puppies have A TON of energy. The little black and white guy (called Marcel Marceau) and this other little guy, named Fatso:

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(That’s my friend Kelly kissing her puppy)

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Exposure: 0.013 sec (1/80)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 90 mm
ISO Speed: 800

The light in both photos is from a Tungsten light to the right of the camera in front of the subjects. Guess which smarty pants forgot to bring their powerful 580EX II flash? That would be me.

I love both of these photos because they really show the bond of human and animal, and how tiny and helpless these puppies are in the hands of a human being.

I like the paws and nose detail of the first photo, and the juxtaposition of puppy paws and human hands.

So this is another case I couldn’t pick one photo of the day for my Project 365ish Photo 65. It’s just too hard when cute puppies are around.

This reminds me of a photography teacher whose class I sat in on VERY briefly in college. She handed out the syllabus, and told us she really wanted us to push the envelope, and didn’t want to see pictures of puppies and kittens. I didn’t go back for the second class. But that’s another story…

Thank you Kelly for inviting me to take photos of those precious little puppies! It was a blast chasing them around!

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Project 365 Photo #61, Or 62….

March 2, 2010 § 2 Comments

Oh yes, I have fallen off of the Project 365 wagon. I admit it. I embrace it. It started last week when I was sick and all around feeling crappy. Even though the weather was gorgeous, I just needed sleep. That was one day. Then, you know what happens when you get out of the habit. It spirals out of control.

Of course I have taken photos since last week (I really don’t stop). I just haven’t been truly designating a photo of the day.

But today I was inspired by this recent Photofocus post by Scott Bourne.

I took a walk at lunch today with my trusty point and shoot, and I passed by this image:

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That’s right, I kept walkin’. Then I thought about Mr. Bourne’s post. I passed this tree up because I have seen photos similar to this, but have never actually thought about making an image of a defaced tree (personally, I think it’s kind of mean to the tree), and I probably would have just kept walking if not for the post–I already had a photo for today.

Has this photo changed my life to the effect Mr. Bourne’s bird photo changed his? Doubtful.

But it reminded me that as photographers, we tell a story (at least try to). This image holds the mystery of J + J. Who were they…Young lovers walking along suburban path? Or were they an older couple celebrating a 50th wedding anniversary? Perhaps a young girl J with a huge crush on J, carving her wishes in bark?

I composed this shot like so because I liked the green foliage (desaturated just a bit in Lightroom 2) in contrast to the white trunk of the tree, as well as the contrast in textures. The area was shaded by said tree, so the light is ambient. When taking this photo, I thought of it as B&W, but it didn’t work out when actually post processing it.

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