It’s only a day away…

…spring, or so they say.   The cold 40-ish temps are much more typical for around these parts compared to last year (some of you may remember those 70ish temps ~ aaahhh).   I can take the cooler temps (for a little longer), just give me a little more light at 6:00 a.m.  That’s all I ask…

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#iphone, processed with a Distressed Textures app <3!

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Greenhouse Effect

I envy anybody that has their own personal greenhouse ~ especially on a cold winter day.  As much as I love photographing flowers, I’ve never really had the knack it takes go grow them.  Oh sure, I have some perennials outside and add some annuals every year, but they are always marked HARDY, need little care, and will grow under stressful conditions.   This year is the first year in a very, very long time that I’ve bought some potted flowers for inside the house (you may have seen my tie-dyed orchid).  We’ll just have to wait and see if it likes its new home.  The last time I tried growing plants indoors was when I was first married…  I remember when Ikea first opened in our area.  They had this mini arboretum/ greenhouse made of wood.  Like most items in Ikea, it was too cheap to pass up {fyi, was just there and they had the cutest & colorful bud vases in red, turquoise…  and only 99 cents!…  you are bound to see them show up in future photos :-)}  Anyway, we tried growing some plants from seeds in it (no not those kind :-P).  But silly us, we lived in a small cramped apartment on the third floor and nowhere to transplant the seedlings.  That little greenhouse traveled with us from new home to new home . . .  until it was finally put out at a garage sale.  Wooded lots and greenhouses I found are not very compatible.

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Yesterday I joined fellow members of the DPC on an outing to Parkside Orchid Nursery.  The varieties … spectacular!  It was very cold & blustery and even in the greenhouse the plants were swaying where they hung.  Still, inside it was warm and even slightly tropical, with moss hanging down, and oh … such a magnificent array of colors {sigh}.

Lavender-and-Lace

The perfect outing when everything outside around these parts of are some shade of brown or gray.

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On a photographic note…  Nope that’s not a textured background in the above photo, just the way the light was hitting the greenhouse wall (a mesh-like plastic) and I’m guessing the blue sky…   There is nothing more satisfying than when the images {almost like magic}come straight out of the camera …   No PP other than a bit of a crop and a little bit of the basics (sharpening, saturation, …).  Just all the photographic elements aligning at just the right moment… that and recently being reminded that the background is often as intricate a part of the overall composition as the subject (thank you, Henry 😉 ).

Flash

 Now that the weather has turned cold, it’s a good time to start some indoor “studio” work.  I usually avoid using my flash, mostly because of my lack of knowledge on how to correctly use an external flash and just because I really like the effect of natural light.  But when I saw the newest issue of PhotoGraphic magazine dedicated to flash photography, I decided it was time to learn.  I had plenty of opportunity to put to use what I had read (or at least tried to remember) on an outing to Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA.  It was a cold but clear afternoon.  Continue reading “Flash”