Black and White, Color, depth of field, Fine Art Photography, flower photography, Flowers, Photography

Tulips Revisted – Part 2

Part two of my tulip fine art flower photography revisit. Photographed with the Fujifilm X-T2 and XF 16-55mm f2.8

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Abstract, Artsy, Color, depth of field, Flowers, garden, Photography

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For some, abstract photography presents difficulties. Possibly they struggle with the “why” of abstract images, what they are meant to signify to the viewer. Personally, to me, the abstract photograph is about taking the subject our of its context. Looking not only at what it is, but what it also is, what interest it holds when taken for its form and construction outside of its obvious context.

Artsy, Black and White, Color, depth of field, maternity photography, Photography, portrait photography

Fall Maternity Session – Pretty in Purple

Recently I had the opportunity to photograph Jhoanna’s maternity session. Jhoanna knew exactly what she wanted from her session and so I was able to choose a location that met her needs.

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It’s fall which means some fantastic changes in the natural colors here in the Pacific Northwest as well as cooler temperatures. Portraits at this time of year are something special. There are plenty of venues for outdoor portraits. A photographer is limited only by their own desire to seek out some of these locals. This made my task a lot easier in this particular session.

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Jhoanna and her husband Chris picked the colors for their wardrobe which I think works. Jhoanna had already expressed her desire for nice, warm, fall images.

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Fall normally means rain here in the Pacific Northwest and there was some concern that we might have to reschedule our planned day. Fortunately, things worked out just as we planned for our late afternoon shoot.

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A great session that resulted in a happy client and a happy photographer. I’m looking forward to her new arrivals for their first portraits too. That’s right, “arrivals”, can’t wait to meet these twins!

Color, depth of field, Everyday Life, Photography, Portrait, things seen, vacation

Every Day In Every Way…

The French psychologist Émile Coué developed the Coué Method,  a tactic of self-suggestion characterized by a mantra, “Every day in every way, I’m getting better and better.”, to be repeated daily multiple times as a means to self-improvement.

Taking some inspiration from the idea without commentary on the efficacy of the method I would like to suggest that something similar can be attempted with photography. Personally, I try to apply my full powers to all my photography. I don’t differentiate between professional work and personal artistic work, or snapshots with my loved ones on vacation.

To my mind photography is something I do, every time I have the camera in my hand I should be trying to achieve the best image. My goal is to always be working with the ease that comes with long practice, applying what I have learned about photography almost subconsciously. Eventually, if I work at it long enough craft and art will become the same thing whether I’m following a client’s directive, or photographing my niece’s birthday party.

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There is no shame in making every moment a moment of artistry. There is no shame in finding the exceptional in the most commonplace moments and things. An overwhelming part of leading an enjoyable life is the vantage point you observe from. I choose to opt for a life that finds the art in the everyday.

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Artsy, Color, depth of field, flower photography, Flowers, Macro, Nature, Photography

Sakura (2017)

The cherry blossom tree that I photograph every year made an early bloom. I was fortunately quick off the mark because it really didn’t last long.

What is it about cherry blossoms? They are not the biggest nor the most robust of blooms. I think it has something to do both with their delicacy and the arrangments of the blossoms that seems almost painterly.

This must be why I always seem to photograph them with a shallow depth-of-field and the sort of subdued color that is well-represented by Fujifilm’s Classic Chrome film emulation.

Shot on the Fujifilm X-Pro2 with XF 90mm f/2 R LM WR (usually a portrait lens, but it close-focuses well enough for this purpose).

Prints available here.

Sakura (2017)

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