Innocence of Admiration

“There is an innocence in admiration; it is found in those to whom it has never yet occurred that they, too, might be admired some day.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

Innocence of Admiration

Innocence of Admiration

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white backdrop, natural light, direct light, – full sun, manual settings, manual focus

You guessed it! The Gerber Daisy represents innocence in the Victorian language of flowers. To see the monochromatic edition of this flower, visit my Thursday post on Monochromia.  I would love to hear which you prefer – color or black and white. I look forward to your thoughts!

Have a fabulous weekend!

2014 Pointe Shoe Series – V

Sincere Generosity

Sincere Generosity

Sincere Generosity

ss 1/320  f18  ISO 400  60mm macro

“To practice five things under all circumstances constitutes perfect virtue; these five are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness.” Confucius

Galioli in the Victorian language of flowers means generosity and  I am sincere , thus the title of this image.

To capture this image, I used natural sunlight.  I put a black backdrop down on the grass and placed the flower upon it.  I used only the sun, no fill, and used manual exposure.  It was somewhat challenging because of the shadows and the significant contrast in light and shadow.  I did minimal post processing, just increased the blacks to darken the backdrop.  Light is such a magical thing.  When used correctly under the proper exposure we can create so much!

In addition, if you have a minute and are interested in black and white photography, stop by Monochromia to see my post for this week.  I posted two images of the same subject but using light in different perspectives.  More about light!

Have a great weekend!

2014 Pointe Shoe Series IV

Objects of Desire

Objects of Desire

“Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek.” – Mario Andretti

I love this quote and it relates so well to dancers and their dream of achieving the advancement to pointe shoes.  The quote comes from someone who accomplished his dreams and lived in the fast lane, something that you don’t typically associate with dancers.  However, driving does require a high level of skill and the dedication to the goal of winning is no different than that of what it takes to become a prima ballerina.  You would not typically think of race car driving and dancing as being in the same class, but when it comes to the desire to succeed, dedication, pursuit, excellence and even grace, the two can be associated.  I think it is safe to say that there is a certain level of grace that goes with steering a car at high speeds – no?  Or is it just being smooth?

I have a huge favor to ask all of my followers who happen to be on Facebook.  I am trying to increase the number of likes on my Robyn Graham Photography page.  I use Facebook for business purposes and am trying to increase traffic to my Facebook page to eventually lead more people to my website.  The growth in awareness of my business is important with my studio opening in September.  Thank you in advance for your consideration.  I am happy to return the favor, just leave your link in the comment section of this post.

Enjoy the weekend!

A few of my favorites…

Below are a few of my favorite shots from a 1st communion shoot I did a couple of weeks ago.

I must say that I thoroughly enjoy working with children.  It is fun to observe them just being.  When working with children I try to extract their natural personality vs. posing them extensively.  Many times children will naturally land in a pose that with just a little coaching from you makes for a near perfect composition.  The  little girl featured in the images below was so sweet and such a joy to work with.  She loved exploring the environment and I enjoyed chatting with her about what she saw, how she felt, etc.  Letting children be themselves and letting them lead the way relaxes them and gains their trust and comfort with you enabling you to more successfully capture their true essence.

Little girls are especially fun to work with for first communion shoots because they are in their fancy dress, sometimes a veil, a headpiece, special jewelry, and they just feel like little princesses.  It almost takes me back in time to when I got to twirl around in my dresses and feel like a princess.

The one thing I think it is important to stress is that one should never lose their style and artistic flair when photographing children or any subject.  It is important to stay true to ones style and vision.  After all, isn’t that why you were hired?  It is important to satisfy your clients and ensure that you have the expected, traditional shots, for example the praying hands for a first communion, but once that is achieved, move to your work flow and capture your subject in the way you are most comfortable.

I used Topaz Labs for my black and white conversions and used vignettes or borders to create a more ethereal/vintage appeal.

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Point Shoe Series III

ss 1/60 f 4.5 ISO 1250 Manual settings, Manual focus

ss 1/60 f 4.5 ISO 1250 Manual settings, Manual focus

“Please send me your last pair of shoes, worn out from dancing as you mentioned in your letter, so that I might have something to press against my heart.”

-  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Running Away is Hard Work


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