Second Photo Published

I can happily share the news that I had a second photo of mine published in a magazine. It’s in Issue 26 of the Photography for Beginners magazine, page 8. And the title would be ‘Young Swan’… (they’ve changed it in the magazine to Your Swan).

Young Swan

Young Swan

2nd Photo Published

There it is with some specifications on the exposure used.

And with this news I would also like to tell all my readers/followers that I am going to have a little break now from posting on here. I have decided for a career change; I am now studying to become a teaching assistant and in parallel with that also to gain a qualification in teaching English as a foreign language. I have decided on this because I believe going into education is something that suits very well women who are also mothers, who have a family to look after. This said, I am not abandoning my passion for photography/food photography, I am just taking this time to sit back a bit and gather knowledge, new material, to grow by not neglecting anything that is important in my life… I will still be around, posting here and then, just less often then I used to. Also, I bought this book on food photography & food styling by the amazing Helene Dujardin, promoter of natural light photography, which I’ve started reading and I find greatly inspirational… So, I’ll be back -hopefully with improved photography skills.

All the best to everyone!

Puff-ball

You might already be aware that I like flowers, plants, nature, and with it taking pictures of these all. I love taking a simple subject, that is in this case a dandelion(s)/puff-ball(s) in our front garden, and get a shot of it that brings it out in focus, makes something ordinary be the star of the show through the eyes of the photographer/me & appealing also to others who view it.

Pitypang (edited BW)

Pitypang (edited colour)

Dyptich of Life in the Suburbs

Life in the Suburbs (Dyptich)

The Snail… and The Whorl

Last week, I entered this shot of a snail into a competition on Composition (in Photography). This final image you can see here has been cropped following the rule of thirds, placing the snail on one of the intersecting points on a visible/imaginary grid. I was really quite happy with this shot of mine and had high hopes of being one of the five winners of tickets to the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House, London (26th April – 12th May 2013). Unfortunately, I wasn’t successful… But you can check out the winning images here, as well as other images entered in the competition.

Snail (edited colour, rule of third, watermarked)

How do you like this image? And how about this next one of a rose (also cropped in so that the viewer’s attention is focused on the amazing whorl) ?

The Whorl, From Close (selective colour, crop, watermarked)

I must have flowers….

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

When I think of this day, I think of flowers…. Like Claude Monet: “I must have flowers, always, and always.” who also said “Color is my daylong obsession, joy, and torment.”

Since started taking photography more seriously, I realise now, I have sort of neglected flowers as objects. There’s so much to shooting flowers though, so much beauty, so much colour and texture there. One must just see beyond the sometimes apparent simplicity of them….

My favourite flowers are the forget-me-nots. They are known to have often been worn by ladies as a sign of faithfulness and enduring love. And love the story behind the origins of its name: In a German legend, God named all the plants when a tiny unnamed one cried out, “Forget-me-not, O Lord!” God replied, “That shall be your name.”  (Source: Wikipedia)  What’s your favourite flower?

Here’s a few photos I’ve taken of flowers. For these shots I’ve been also trying out my new AF-S VR DX NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6 zoom lens (bought at a second-hand electronicals shop in South Africa) & experimented with my Elements 11 editing software.

Variations:

Another Purple (edited&resized)

Changes (edited&resized)

Muskatli (edited&resized)

Another Variation (edited&resized)

Variations (edited&resized)

Purple Flower (edited&resized)

White Flower (edited&resized)

Strange (edited&resized)

Yellow Flower (edited&resized)

Variation to the Yellow Flower (edited&resized)