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Solo Sunflower ~ FOTD

Our youngest daughter wanted to get in on the act – with a bouquet of flowers from Hill Far Away Flower Farm in her room. I wasn’t supposed to touch them, or take the bouquet apart to photograph the flowers . . . but as you can see, I couldn’t help myself. And, when she saw the results, the kid didn’t mind!

Phew!! Bullet dodged. No teenage angst over my invading her room and taking her “stuff”. Of course, it helped that she didn’t know I’d done this until 5 days later!

Anyhow, this is my entry for Cee’s Flower of the Day. Thanks for visiting!! Oh, and if you’re in Canada – GET OUT AND VOTE today!! If you haven’t already.

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Let the Light in . . .

Oh look! More of the pesky pink tulips! Obviously I had a blast shooting these in a variety of set ups . . . one thing I have noticed, this picture in particular is great in colour or black & white, BUT for some reason (probably the lack of distracting colour) I notice the light shining on the flowers much more when it’s in monochrome.

You might notice that my light is almost always to the right of the photo – That’s a window. My studio is actually my laundry room, in the basement, but it’s a daylight basement. The location was originally supposed to be a bathroom, but upon reflection, during construction, we decided that with 3 kids, having the laundry room in the mudroom off the garage was not going to work for us. So we moved the bathroom a few feet and popped the laundry room in. We didn’t change the frosted glass on the window, so I have naturally diffused light all the time. The countertop makes a lovely sturdy, waterproof location for photographing flowers. Or anything small.

Anyhow, I love how the light is hitting the tulips. Since it’s so pretty – this is today’s entry for Cee’s Flower of the Day challenge. Thanks for visiting!!

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Sombre Snow Day

It snowed yesterday . . . a lot . . . in April. Yuck. However, it was a good excuse to go through some of the shots I took much earlier in the month! Here’s another one of the pink tulips I got before Easter. I think this one looks particularly good in monochrome – I also experimented a bit with gradient filters in Lightroom. Gives it a bit more drama, I think.

Also, this is today’s FOTD for Cee’s Flower of the Day Challenge – which I think is extra appropriate, given her recent tutorials on black & white photography.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Something a little different . . . more lilies!

Or perhaps I should just say smaller lilies . . . I got these ones at the same time as the tulips and they’ve lasted much longer. They’re in their death throes now and I think I’ll chuck them out today – dropping petals everywhere now. These aren’t the hybrid lilies I had before, these are tiny little Peruvian Lilies – they’re so cute and pretty. I had three bunches, one red, one pink and one white, so I was able to make 2 beautiful multi-coloured vases on either side of the hearth.

This is one of the pink ones – taken with the 100mm macro lens. I swear, this and the 50mm are the best pieces of glass I’ve ever had! I love how I was able to capture the drops of pollen or nectar or whatever that is on the stamen.

This is also today’s entry for Cee’s Flower of the Day challenge – hope you enjoyed looking at my flower, and thanks for visiting!