fine art photography
There's a reason why I photograph more sunsets than sunrises -- I'm not a morning person! But today I ventured out of my comfort zone and drove to a fishing pier in the Tampa Bay area to shoot what I hoped would be a beautiful scene. I was a little nervous about whether Mother Nature would cooperate. Fortunately, I was rewarded, and my 5:15 am alarm time turned out to be well worth it.
A beautiful White Tiger sleeps! I have been inspired after recently reading David duChemin's "Vision & Voice," which I highly recommend for anyone interested in photography. The book has encouraged me to try different post processing techniques and to find my vision for the pictures I make. I think I accomplished that well with this White Tiger picture!
Here's a second shot of the lovely Sunflowers we recently had in our home. Let me take this opportunity to list a few reasons why beautiful fresh flowers make great models: -- They pose as long as you would like
-- There's no need to worry about hair or makeup
-- They work for free
-- Your girlfriend/wife will probably love them, so flowers double as a romantic gift as well!
Sunflowers are moving way up on my list of favorite flowers. Makes sense, too. After all, sunshine is the biggest reason my family and I left freezing cold Minnesota and came to the Sunshine State. So just the name Sunflower is a good indicator why I'm really starting to love them. Their golden petals are strong yet beautiful. And they really add warmth to any setting.
This is the first time I have posted a picture with selective coloring on my blog. But I thought this shot worked pretty well because it doesn't feel so overdone (at least not to me). :) Originally, the background was full of green ferns. The picture was fine. But it was a little too ordinary, and I thought the background competed too much with the flamingo for the viewer's attention. I think this end result gives the flamingo more presence, and it feels fairly artistic to me. Fine art photography is a subjective term, but would this qualify? I welcome any thoughts you might have!
There's beauty in everything. Photography reminds me of that every time I pick up my camera. Today I went outside in search of butterflies. I didn't find any and was disappointed. But I discovered something amazing in its own way. Too often we walk by things that appear ordinary. Take a closer look, and you might find grace and inspiration.
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