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.
Seeing how enthusiastic I still am about taking photos, my dear husband bought a tripod for us recently. I wanted to try it out and decided to wait for a nice, sunny day, then walk up to the top of the nearby hill and capture the sunset from there. That day happened over the weekend, when I checked the sunset times on the internet (3.52 pm!), then rushed up to the Reigate Hill lookout point just after 3pm, thinking I will miss it. In fact, I was well in time and I ended up spending about 40 min up there taking photos of the dusk settling over the landscape (my hands were frozen by the end of it). To be perfectly honest, because I’ve never used one, not being too familiar with it, I found the tripod a bit of a nuisance this time. Somehow, taking the camera eventually off it, I felt freer in my movements and more comfortable with what I was doing. As a result, some of these photos have been taking with the use of the tripod and some of them without. I think I just need a bit of practise and I’ll be good friends with the tripod soon enough. It can come quite handy in low light situations.
I love going down to the lake in the local park and watch the swans. This lake is the home of a family of swans, the mother, the father, and two youngsters. They’re such graceful appearances. I could sit and gaze at them for hours.
Young Swan’s Head
Swan Sailing Away from Sunset
I took my daughter down to the garden one afternoon to get some fresh air and use up energy. While she was exploring the explorable, I was snapping away with my camera… Oh, and I found a four-leaf clover while doing it! 🙂
Autumn is my favourite season of all. And certainly I’m not the only one with this. Put the moody and gloomy weather aside, it delights the senses like no other time of the year can.
This one was taken in Romania. We had lunch at a restaurant next to a lake, where I found this lovely little jetty, surrounded by grasses.
I took this photo last week on Box Hill. I like the slightly eerie feeling of it, especially that we’re coming up to Halloween….