Wow! I really need to keep up with this monthly blogging I intended to do. It has been a mammoth time with work and getting the angels through for their exams. Exam season is over and I can get back to working on photography.
My latest project while away has been in preparation for the next Camera School module on the Natural World. I’ve been working with close ups and blurred backgrounds in bright sunshine. Really tried to get the aperture, shutter speed and exposure right. I feel I’m getting better. As always, any constructive criticism and advice is welcome. Here are a few from my Dad’s back garden.
I played around with the positioning for the best composition. After closely looking at all of the photographs I took, these three were my favourites. While it is encouraged, in many magazine columns I’ve read, to position the flower to the side, I like the last one because of the symmetry the image gives – right above the flower is the bright blue sky between the fence panels. The background is blurred and the attention is drawn to the rose as it evenly surrounded by the green hedging.
The second one required awkward positioning of myself. Tip toes: great if you can stay still. I would have stood on something to give me height, but I was wedged behind the gazebo with very little room to place a platform. Tip toes had to do! Probably not perfect because of the shadow to the left, but I like the brightness of the yellow and the blend into darker shades in the background.
My aim was to emphasise the brightness of the rose. I feel these three out of all the ones I took do that.
My next Camera School project is ‘Still Life’ so if anyone has any tips, tricks and advice, I would really appreciate it. I’m hoping to get out and do some more nature photography while the flowers are in bloom.