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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depth of field, Macro, Mundane Objects, Photography, Product Shots

Water Bottles

Sometimes it’s about making the work fun. I need to shoot more stock so that’s been something I’ve been going about in my own inimitable way.

Making your stock photography interesting is a necessity with all the competition out there today. At times you will be more successful than at others.

WATER BOTTLES

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Color, depth of field, Food, Glorious Food, Macro, Photography, Still Life

Berries (Raspberries No. 1)

A two day photographic study of raspberries, because why not? Actually this is just more of me getting very familiar with my recent switch of camera systems. For the images posted today and tomorrow I used the Fujifilm XT-2 and XF90mm f/2 R WR.

Even though it is not a macro lens the 90mm does allow for some fairly close focusing making it a passable faux-macro lens.

I promise tomorrow’s images are a little more interesting 😉

RASPBERRIES No.1

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Raspberry Close-up No. 1
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Raspberry Close-up No.2
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Raspberry Close-up No.3

NEXT: RASPBERRIES No.2

Color, Fine Art Photography, Macro, Nature, Photography

The Park No. 3

 

I was quite happy with the state of the frost that was apparent in the previous two posts. It was exactly the sort of thing I was looking for. However, I was also struck by the moss on the trees throughout the park and which reminded me a bit of my visit to Hoh Rainforest last year. I took the opportunity to make a few photographs of the moss as well.

Mostly Moss

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Next Up: Hill Ward Memorial
Color, Fine Art Photography, Macro, Nature, Photography

The Park No. 1

It has been a habit of mine over many years to take a new camera to a park local to me here in the Pacific Northwest. Fort Steilacoom Park contains the remnants of the self-sustaining farm for one of the states two mental health hospitals, Western State Hospital, that was known as the Hill Ward and built in 1939. It is a pleasantly rambling natural area with facilities for children to play, sports to be played, dogs to recreate off-leash, RC airplanes, and moderate hiking facilities. There are a number of structures erected, barns, that make it a mecca for local photographers to shoot just about everything from engagements, birth announcements, to senior portraits.

I set out on an early morning just after the park opened carrying the Fujifilm X-Pro2 with an idea to take advantage of the brisk January weather and the prevalent hoarfrost that would be there before the sun could burn it off.

Glittering

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Next Up: Glittering Cont.
Artsy, Color, depth of field, flower photography, Flowers, Macro, Photography

Tulip: Intimate #3

The final image of this series. I admit to enjoying flower photography for several reasons. Not least among the reasons I enjoy flower photography is that I am able to slow down and really look at the subject. Considering different angles, allowing the shapes of the flower’s structure to inform my decisions is almost meditative.X30_15-11-18_072