“Bashful”

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Last week when I was coming home from a run I noticed that my beloved peonies had all but wilted and the petals been discarded. At the time, there were only a few remaining flowers. Spring has been so rushed and harried with work and activities for the kids that I had almost missed the joy of photographing the peonies.  That afternoon, instead of ironing and doing the banking, I cut the last of the living peonies and did some still life work. This was a time to be inspired, to create, take a deep breath and recharge my soul.

I didn’t have time to go to the studio, which means I didn’t have any back drops to use.  I knew that for some of the shots I wanted a white back drop.  I could have used a white table-cloth, or a sheet and hung them from a door, but, I didn’t feel like going to the trouble and I knew I could create the white back drop myself using light.

Using my Nikon D800 and my Nikkor 105mm 2.8 lens I set out to create.  I grabbed some props, antique prescription bottles, an antique miniature milk bottle, a white cheese cloth, a black stool, some ribbon, and some sheets of music.  I don’t know how long I moved around in front of my front door playing and creating.  I lost all sense of time and felt so relaxed.

To create the white back drop effect I used only natural light.  I metered my exposure on the flower so that it would be properly exposed and the backlight would be blown out.  To avoid flare, I angled my lens down just enough to allow some haze, but to eliminate flare.  I wanted this shot to be flawless and dreamy therefore colorful flare spots were not welcome.  My settings are below for your reference:

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I could have worked with the above scenario for hours.   But, alas, the kids needed to be picked up from school and driven to activities, and, honestly, my equipment is so heavy that after a considerable amount of time, my neck and arms begin to tire.  Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love my equipment and the Nikon cameras and Nikkor lenses that I have give me great flexibility when working in the various areas of photography that I focus on.  I do love them, but I have recently been evaluating mirrorless cameras, especially for travel and street work.   Lighter weight cameras and lenses would be fabulous when having to hold or carry them for any length of time.   In addition, I just recently came across a new camera that I found interesting.  Light, is a compact camera that appears to have many features.  I don’t know that it has the flexibility I need, but I think it is worth checking into for travel and street work.  I thought I would share the link with you in the event you might have interest in a compact camera that appears to have a lot of great features.

To compare this photograph in black and white, please visit my Thursday post on Monochromia.

To view more of the photographs from this still life session, check back on the blog soon or follow me on Instagram.  I post to Instagram much more frequently there.

It’s the Little Things…

It's the Small Things in Life

“In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.” ~ Khalil Gibran

Wishing you much joy through little things and many blessings to be thankful for.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Reflection through Friendship

Reflection through Friendship (SS 1/60 f4.0 ISO 400,  Nikon 24-70 2.8 - 44mm, Nikon D800)

Reflection through Friendship
(SS 1/60 f4.0 ISO 400, Nikon 24-70 2.8 – 44mm, Nikon D800)

“Friends are like windows through which you see out into the world and back into yourself… If you don’t have friends you see much less than you otherwise might.”- Merle Shain

Look closely at the reflection in the window.  It almost looks like it could be a face…but, it is a Coke machine.

2013 Lily Series – 08

“All our progress is an unfolding, like the vegetable bud, you have first an instinct, then an opinion, then a knowledge, as the plant has root, bud and fruit. Trust the instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
The Unfolding

The Unfolding

Canopy

A canopy of leaves,

What might it achieve?

Shelter from the sun’s harsh rays,

A cool breeze on warm autumn days,

A colorful screen through which to view the sky

As you lie beneath and quietly wonder why.

copyright Robyn Graham

Colorful Canopy

A Smaller Canopy – Rule of Thirds

Golden Canopy

Canopy in Contrast

 

 

 

 

Withdrawn…for a Reason

“Have compassion for everyone you meet, even if they don’t want it. What appears bad manners, an ill temper or cynicism is always a sign of things no ears have heard, no eyes have seen. You do not know what wars are going on down there where the spirit meets the bone.” – Miller Williams

Withdrawn

Mums Bloom

“The mind can go in a thousand directions, but on this beautiful path, I walk in peace. With each step, the wind blows. With each step, a flower blooms.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

Our Mums finally opened this week. It was a very busy week and I’m thinking that with each step I took, a Mum bloom opened. So many of them now to adorn our yard with peaceful beauty and cheer.

A sea of Fall-orange, warmth and joy.

The mind rests in a circle of peace.