Celebrating the sunflower season

This year I decided to celebrate the sunflower season with a digital art portraying the sequencial wilting of a sunflower. I combined several pictures into one using photoshop layers then I added a stone texture.

Lotus photography, William Land Park

A found Lotus leaves dancing in the wind at the William Land Park in Sacramento, and that was more fun than photographing the flowers in bloom.

Additions, Common Wildflowers of California

This post gives information and a link to a database I am compiling about common wildflowers found in California, USA.

Pacific Dogwood Flowers at Big Trees

“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade” Popular saying.  On Mother’s Day, May 8th, and on Mon, May 17th, I walked the South Grove Trail at the Calaveras Big Trees State Park with a composition on my mind: I wanted a shot of the blooming Pacific Dogwood, Cornus nuttallii, against the trunk of a Giant Sequoia, Sequoiadendron giganteum. If you areContinue reading “Pacific Dogwood Flowers at Big Trees”

ICM photography at North Table Mountain

I go to Table Mountain every spring for the wildflowers. This year it was beyond crowded, and since I had photographed the place ad nauseam in the past, I packed light (just my toy camera, the Z50 and its 50 mm dedicated lens). My intention was to enjoy the walk and friends while practicing Intentional Camera MovementContinue reading “ICM photography at North Table Mountain”

Fading beauty photography

The Only Constant in Life Is Change.- Heraclitus The other day, after noticing how the flower above had turned into such a wild old lady with the “hair” all messed up, I could not resist making a portrait of it. Aging is a common experience to all of us, and wilting flowers have the powerContinue reading “Fading beauty photography”

Selective lighting in botanical photography

“If you want something to look interesting, don’t light all of it.”  John Loengard In a previous post, Spring Musings, I mentioned selective lighting and darkening the background as my favorite tricks to make a flower picture look a little different. I explained how I do it in the field with the help of a speedContinue reading “Selective lighting in botanical photography”