Secret Love

Secret Love I

Secret Love I

Secret Love II

Secret Love II

Secret Love III

Secret Love III

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”

- Maya Angelou

In the Victorian Language of Flowers the pink rose represents “secret love” among other things.  The images above are of a leaf from a pink rose, shaped like a heart.  The meaning of the pink rose, the shape of the leaf, and the quote, collectively create a story.  Do you hold a secret in your heart?

“Perfect Love”

"Perfect Love"

“Perfect Love”

“A beautiful thing is never perfect.” – Unknown

In the Victorian Language of Flowers one of the meanings of the tulip is “Perfect Lover”.  We’ve all experienced beautiful love, but have you experienced a perfect love, or lover?  Can you define perfect love or describe the perfect lover?  You are thinking, aren’t you? ;-)

I thought the quote above was a “perfect” accompaniment to the image – when in full bloom the Tulip was beautiful and appeared perfect.  But as the wholeness of the Tulip began to fade and it began to wilt, the perception of having “perfect” symmetry and grace disappeared.  However, as seen in the image above, the beauty remains.   To intertwine the image, the quote, and the meaning of the Tulip, one can think of the loves/lovers one has experienced and ponder the beauty of each and what made those loves/lovers perfect, or what caused them to lack perfection.

Have a wonderful weekend filled with beautiful and near perfect love!

Coco and the Angle of Incidence

Coco in Thought

Coco in Thought

Regal Coco

Regal Coco

When photographing Coco, my sister’s dog, over Thanksgiving I played with the angle of incidence – the angle of the light coming into my lens.  If you compare the two images above you’ll notice that when I was above Coco the light was not entering my lens in a direct way, therefore the light was not hazy, and she was not as blown out.  When shooting from below Coco, the angle allowed for more flare or haze as the light came directly into the lens.  This is a perfect example of how photographers should move around, above, or below, their subjects in order to capture the subject in the most pleasing light.   The most pleasing light may be softer, more blown-out light with haze and/or flare, or it may be more direct light allowing for details of the subject to be more definitive.

An easy way to experiment with the angle of incidence is to place a subject such as a vase of flowers in front of a window or door and shoot at different angles.  Once you upload the files, compare the way the light hit your subject based on the angle of the light coming into your lens.

The light being used for the photographs of Coco was hard, direct, and warm light.  The character of the light being used will also influence the final lighting of your subject, but the angle of the light entering your lens is what will result in the differences you see above.

Have fun experimenting and if you would like to share your images with me you can tag me in your post, or send me the link to your post!

Shadows at Grandma’s

Shadows at Grandma

Shadows at Grandma’s

If you would like to see this image in black and white, please visit Monochromia today. Which do you prefer – color or black and white?

“From within or from behind, a light shines through us upon things, and makes us aware that we are nothing, but the light is all.”  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monochromia today…

I would like to invite all my followers to visit Monochromia today to see my most recent post.  I post to Monochromia, a black and white photography blog, every Thursday.  For those of you who enjoy black and white photography I encourage you to follow Monochromia. I think you will find the blog inspiring and will not be disappointed.

 

Double Exposure – “It’s Heavenly…to be with You”

It's Heavenly...to be with You
It’s Heavenly…to be with You

A Double Exposure – White Lily Leaf and White Lily Bud

The title of the above image is based on the meaning of the white Lily in the Victorian Language of Flowers.  The fact that the image is a double exposure of two flowers and was created with an ethereal feel helped make the meaning a perfect title.

I have a fabulous announcement to make.  Yesterday I received an email with the subject line saying: “Congrats!”  At first I thought it must be spam.  Once I read the message and clicked on the link included in the text of the message I was pleasantly surprised.  The link to BWGallerist led me to the home page which had a list of the  “Best of the Best” of Emerging Fine Art Photographers of 2014.  Guess what!  My name was on that list!  I am so honored and excited!   Please visit the link above to read the article and see works of other inspiring photographers on the list.

For those of you who truly love black and white photography I highly recommend subscribing to BWGallerist.  It is a wonderful, informative and inspiring magazine.

Happy New Year!

Unfading Love II

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