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.
Life in the Suburbs (Dyptich)
I have been quiet for the past two weeks, as some of you may have noticed, because we have moved to a new house. Now, after a week and half in our new home and settled somewhat, I can return to my normal days, to my love of photography, and to keeping my photo blog up to date.
I’m showing now a monochrome series of my main photographic model, my two year old daughter. It’s not easy to take photos of a toddler on the move -who has a short attention spam and has to be rested, not hungry, not fighting one of the many sicknesses that occur while young, and kept well entertained, when it comes to a successful photoshoot. I’m constantly trying… and sharing with you the results.
I like this photo series of Abigail. I would call them Faces of a Child. Hope you like them too. Oh, and for more portraiture see my other blog, dedicated to my daughter, Faces of Abigail.
Sharing with you all here that I got another good feedback from the Photography for Beginners team, on one of my photos. They selected my photo named Pink into their Photos We Like section, along with becoming a runner up (with the same photo) in their recent Still Life Photo Competition. This made me incredibly happy, but also incredibly eager to continue my learning process into photography.
I’m in the position where I’m trying to figure out what sort of photography I’d like to be focusing on in the future. Not quite there yet, as I’ve still got lots of general learning to do (lacking mostly in technical- and in editing skills, I believe), but that would be the next step to take. It makes sense aknowledging that to become really good in something, you have to limit that something to as less somethings as possible, instead of more… one can handle. So far, I enjoy portrait- and landscape photography most, monochrome bringing the two in one basket, which suits me well. I may be able to enjoy still life photography too, where I’d be able to really use/show some creativity; haven’t done much in this field so far though. There are lots more photography genres out there (see street, travel, fashion, wildlife, etc.), but I think I’ll be choosing my area(s) from the four mentioned earlier on.
I welcome any (good hearted) suggestions, comments, advice on this! One thing is for sure, I love being behind the camera, instead of in front of it….
When in Johannesburg, we visited the Lion Park, which has been named by Newsweek one of the top 100 tourist destinations in the world. Our main purpose for the visit was to give our 2 year old daughter a taster of the South African wildlife in a child friendly establishment. At the end of it, not only she was blown away by the experience, but me too. And on top of everything, I managed to gather some pretty nice shots of the animals (mostly lions, lion cubs), which I’m sharing with you guys now.
The original shots were in colour, but after having read in my latest copy of the Photography for Beginners magazine that wildlife photography can work surprisingly well in monochrome, I’ve experimented with that and I’ve been using my new Elements 11 photo editing software to get to these results.