Black and White Flower

Flower I

SS 1/60 f10.0 ISO 400

This image was taken last week during a trip to Grand Cayman Island. I found the flower on the ground when visiting the Botanical Garden and placed it on a fence railing to photograph it. I am not quite sure what the name of this flower is, but am thinking it must be in either the anemone or daisy families.

The image above was part of my introductory post at a new blog titled Monocromia.  The blog was initiated by my friend Joe, from The Visual Chronicle.  Joe invited several photographers from around the world to be part of his initiative to start a black and white only photography blog.  Each day of the week a different photographer will be posting a black and white image.  My post was the third post on the new blog and after just three posts, the blog is doing quite well with a gaining number of followers.  For the black and white enthusiasts, be sure to stop by Monochromia and see the beautiful work by many talented artists.  In addition, another blog well worth visiting for those who love black and white photography is Leanne Cole’s Monochromatic Madness.  Every Tuesday Leanne posts black and white images by various photographers.  Always incredible talent to be seen.

My intention is to not always duplicate my posts on Monochromia and here, but to have different images shared on the different sites.  Time will be the ultimate deciding factor, however.  I also hope to send more images over to Leanne for inclusion in her Monochrome Madness series.  We’ll see how successful I am…with the preparations for the studio opening in September and the kids home for summer my time is proving to be limited.

Enjoy the day!

The Past Forgotten

 

 

The Past Forgotten

The Past Forgotten

 

As those of you who have been following for some time know, flowers are one of my favorite subjects and I love to work with the “Victorian Language of Flowers”.  In the “Victorian Language of Flowers”, the Lotus means: Estranged Love and Forgetful of the Past.

Chives

 

Chives

Chives

SS 1/80     f3.5     ISO400

Chives I

Chives I

SS 1/100     f4.5     ISO 400

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.”  – W.B. Yeats 

I thought the above quote fit nicely with the pictures of Chives from my garden.  The blooms are magical and the scent, very sharp – an awakening of the senses.

I’ve missed all of my virtual friends the past two weeks.  As indicated in my last post I was very busy putting together an exhibit that included 18 portraits that I framed and matted myself.  I am happy to report that the exhibit was a great success and I now have framing in my repertoire of offerings when I open my studio in September.  Yes, you read that correctly!  I am opening a photography studio!  It is such a leap of faith for my future as a photographer, but I am excited for the opportunity to have a space to call “home” for my fine art work as well as a beautiful facility to do portrait and product work, and teach workshops.  My senses are certainly aroused with the planning and preparations for the studio. I am frequenting thrift shops, consignment shops, antique shops and more to find the perfect, multi-functional props and decor, and enjoying every minute of it.  I promise to share pictures of the studio and the grand-opening festivities.

In addition to the aforementioned exhibit, I hung another exhibit today.  The Bank of Princeton in Lambertville, NJ has a gallery that they open to artists for month-long exhibits.  I hung 40+ prints today with the help of my husband and daughter.  The gallery looked beautiful!  Next up is two-person exhibit at The Red Filter Gallery in Lambertville, NJ.  I just placed my order for six large (16in x 24in), black and white prints to be framed, matted and then hung in the gallery from July 8th, 2014 to September 8th, 2014.  It is an honor to be able to show my work in such a fine establishment where many incredible photographers have shared their work.  I feel like I am walking in the footsteps of a dream.

Enough of my excuses for not blogging over the past two weeks!  I look forward to catching up on what I’ve missed from all of your wonderful blogs once the school year wraps up at the end of the week.  Soon enough my children and I will be all settled into the routine of summer and I’ll be able to sit outside with the laptop, linger over a cup of coffee, and catch up on what I’ve missed.

Blessings to all!

 

 

Love Intertwined


Love Intertwined

Love Intertwined

SS1/60, f5.6, ISO 320

An addition to my Calla Lily Series, which began in 2013.  The original “Intertwined” can be found here.

Affectionately Yours

 

Affectionately Yours

Affectionately Yours

SS 1/500 f 5.6 ISO 400 60mm

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” – Buddha

In the Victorian Language of Flowers the Pear blossom represents affection.

Believe Me

SS 1/1250 f5.6 ISO 400

Believe Me  (meaning of the red tulip in the Victorian Language of Flowers)                                                                                                                                                                                                                

SS 1/1250 f5.6 ISO 400 60mm

Believe me…I am thrilled that May arrived with sunshine and warmer temperatures!  After inches upon inches of rain the past two days the sunshine is a welcome blessing!  I hope the sun warms your heart and soul today!

Silence of Old

Silence of Old

Silence of Old

 

The image was titled referencing the meaning of the rose by color in the Victorian Language of Flowers.

Perfect Happiness

Perfect Happiness

Perfect Happiness

Does it exist,

That thought

Of

Perfect bliss?

When two come together

And create

Perfect happiness?

Yes,

If,

Each is willing

To embrace

The differences

And toast to

The times,

Yet undefined.

copyright Robyn Graham

Wishing you much happiness throughout the week!

Light Painting – An Inspiration

Light Painting

grilled pepper and onion

grilled pepper and onion

SS 1/60, f3.2, ISO 400

This image was inspired by Herald Ross.  I encourage you to visit Herald’s website/blog.  His work is very inspiring and beautiful.  Herald is a light painter and creates magnificent photographs by using a special technique with light diffusers that he makes and sells.  I, unfortunately have not had the opportunity to attend one of Herald’s workshops, but have had the privilege of seeing some of his students’ work on his blog.  I was so inspired by Herald’s work and the work of his students that I purchased one of the flashlights Herald recommended in a recent blog post, in addition to the diffuser kit that Herald makes and sells on Etsy.

The photograph above was created using my new tools.  The subjects in the image are from my husbands lunch that was so beautifully presented and fabulously delicious at Quinoa.

Below are two additional photographs – flowers of course – that I took a couple of weeks ago using the light painting tools mentioned above.  I still have much work to do to master this technique, but I will be enjoying every minute of it.

Charming Light

Charming Light

SS 1/50, f 3.0, ISO 640

Painted Lily

Painted Lily

SS 1/50, f3.3, ISO 640

Colorful Oil and Water

I have recently seen several blog posts that inspired me to play around with oil, water, light and color.  So, a few days ago, that is just what I did.  Below you will find the outcomes of my artistic experiment.  But first, I want to acknowledge the women who inspired me to attempt this moment of creative play.

Rachel Cohen at RCNaturephotos

Beverly Everson at Beverly Everson Photography

Edith Levy at Edith Levy Photography

The links are posted in the order in which I saw the photographs of inspiration.

My creations using oil, water, color and light:

Pastel Oil in Water (Antique Buttons, Oil, Water, and Light)

Pastel Oil in Water
(Antique Buttons, Oil, Water, and Light)

Unity (Rose Petals, Oil, Water, and Light)

Unity
(Rose Petals, Oil, Water, and Light)

Unity II (Rose Petals, Oil, Water, and Light)

Unity II
(Rose Petals, Oil, Water, and Light)

Drama (Antique Marbles, Oil, Water, and Light)

Drama
(Antique Marbles, Oil, Water, and Light)

Anyone who knows me knows that I am not very patient.  Impatience is certainly a fault I am trying to overcome and this was a great exercise for that.  When I tell you I spent quite a bit of time trying to create a unique piece of art I am not exaggerating.  It looked like a bomb went off in my work area.  Oil, dishes of water, a vase of flowers, jars of marbles and buttons, towels, etc., etc. all over the place.  But, it was fun!

The other brilliant photographers that I introduced above may have additional advice for this type of project, but here are a few things I learned:

  • Need a small glass dish without a logo on the bottom
  • Need a slightly larger dish to place the subject in just under the dish of oil and water
  • Need just a little bit of water
  • Need just a bit of oil
  • Oil will settle into a big circle so you need something to break the large bubble apart and/or shape it – I used a rose stem
  • When breaking up larger bubbles, little bubbles form and you must be patient for them to dissolve or merge into a larger bubble of oil
  • Textured items do not work as well
  • Use a shallow depth of field
  • Have great light
  • Equipment I used: Nikon D800, Nikon 60mm 2.8 macro

I can’t wait to hear which image is your favorite.  They are all unique because of the subjects under the oil and water….of course I had to use a flower! 😉