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Day 132 of 365: TIPS on how to photograph flowers!

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Day 132: Tips on how to shoot flowers! One of my all time favorite subjects are flowers. They are so colorful and put a smile on my face, especially in the winter when I am starved for color! Here are some easy tips on how to best photograph flowers!

  • Get down on their level to shoot them.
  • Get as close to them as you can.
  • Shoot a part of a flower, may have to use manual focus.
  • Strive for good composition, place the center of the flower using the Rule of Thirds.
  • Use the Rule of Odds, in a group shoot an odd number of them, not even.
  • Use selective focus.
  • Use a wide open aperture in natural light, set vase in window, and make that great bokeh happen!
  • When outside, lay on the ground and shoot them at their level.

Hope this helps! Get out and shoot some colorful flowers today as they start to emerge from the soil!

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Day 111 of 365: Flowers

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Irises up close and personal

Day 111: Flowers! One of my all time favorite things! I want to share a quote by Jean Giraudoux about the flower,”The flower is the poetry of reproduction. It is an example of the eternal seductiveness of life.”

The flower is one of God’s most beautiful creations. They are visually stimulating, attractive and enticing. These are words that describe seductiveness. The lines, shapes, and smells of a flower can be compared to a female for example. Just like a man is attracted to a woman, the bee is attracted to the flower albeit for different reasons. With the coming of spring comes the unveiling of nature’s flowers in all their glory.

Flowers are very poetic, as they are so expressive and evoke feelings in us that are strong and intense. Some synonymous words include elegant, artistic, symbolic and beautiful. Take the rose for instance, it is considered a symbol of balance. The beauty of a rose expresses hope, promise and new beginnings. The many colors of roses each signify something different. Yellow roses symbolize joy and mature love, while the red rose is the traditional symbol for love and romance. The white rose is the traditional wedding flower, a symbol of purity, innocence and true love.

My favorite flower is the sunflower or helianthus. The sunflower is stunningly beautiful. They are rich in meaning. They symbolize adoration, loyalty and longevity. Their meaning is derived from its namesake, the sun. To me they are the happiest of flowers as they always face the sun and have big beautiful faces.

I could go on and on about flowers, but I won’t. What is your favorite flower and why? How do you feel when you see flowers?

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Day 94 of 365: The 5 Things You Need for Spring!

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Day 94: The 5 Things you need for Spring! Many of you may be TIRED of the unending winter like I am?! Snow and cold weather and wind since September, YIKES! I have had enough:( Here is my list of 5 things you need to welcome Spring:

  1. A new fun pair of sunglasses, important for style and eye health.
  2. A new pair of foot-friendly walking shoes, again important for foot health.
  3. Your camera or phone, to welcome all the green grass and delicate spring flowers that will be popping up and they will!
  4. A good friend who will go on nature walks and enjoy the sun and awesome sights with you. Tell your friend to bring a camera too! Walks are great exercise and important for physical and mental health!
  5. Bring your SUNNY attitude with you and drink in the colorful, living beauty of Spring!

If you have any ideas for what else you might need to usher in Spring, I am all ears! I realize we have more winter to come, BUT it never hurts to get ready.

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Day 90 of 365: What makes you happy?

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Day 90: What makes you happy? Is there something that you come across or see that immediately makes you smile? That thing for me is flowers, specifically sunflowers. Their large faces to me are so happy and when you take a look at them in nature they all face the sun, like happy little campers! I have heard a quote about bacon that goes “bacon is a gift that pigs give us when we are good.” I say sunflowers are a gift that God gives us when we are good.” Actually He gives us unconditional love, whether we are good or not! So go out and find what makes you HAPPY!

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Day 89 of 365: TIPS on how to photograph flowers!

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Day 89: Tips on how to shoot flowers! One of my all time favorite subjects are flowers. They are so colorful and put a smile on my face, especially in the winter when I am starved for color! Here are some easy tips on how to best photograph flowers!

  • Get down on their level to shoot them.
  • Get as close to them as you can.
  • Shoot a part of a flower, may have to use manual focus.
  • Strive for good composition, place the center of the flower using the Rule of Thirds.
  • Use the Rule of Odds, in a group shoot an odd number of them, not even.
  • Use selective focus.
  • Use a wide open aperture in natural light, set vase in window, and make that great bokeh happen!
  • When outside, lay on the ground and shoot them at their level.

Hope this helps! Get out and shoot some colorful flowers today!

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