How are your flower photography skills? Need a few new insights... some inspiration?
You've got the desire and the commitment to up your game and I'm here to help you do just that.
Have you ever been lost for words when you saw a spectacular flower or garden photograph? ... you felt like you were standing right in that photo.
Well, that image started way before the photographer picked up a camera. It was created from a love of nature and an awareness of the miracles that live in the garden.
Mindfulness is a significant element of a stunning photograph ... being completely present in the moment with an appreciation and awe for what we encounter through the lens.
Many nature photographers have felt the call to become activists, demanding a shift in our short-sighted destruction of the environment. Their videos and photographs provide evidence of what is happening in places the average person will never venture and wouldn't know anything about.
To photograph nature, we have to go outside and become immersed in it. Immersion requires a desire, awareness and an inquisitive attitude. On occasion, it's downright cold, wet, and uncomfortable! Other times, it's sunny, warm and pure bliss.
If you're seeking is a more peaceful, connected life,
flower photography is a process that can lead you there.
Mastering the art of photography requires energy and a commitment to learning. It's important to understand the technical aspects but those are only part of what makes great photographs. The rest is intangible and intuitive.
We must become educated about the poisons we're feeding this earth and how they're killing off the pollinators, like the butterflies and bees, responsible for our diverse food supply.
Get your camera in hand and become acquainted with these incredibly intriguing animals... in the orchards, gardens, wildflower meadows and family farms.
Sit and meditate in a quiet part of the garden for awhile before scouting out scenes or flowers to photograph. That's what I do. A stroll through the garden, no camera involved, gives me a feel for the energy and the spaces.
Ideas will start to flow! That's the time to bring out pen and paper. Sketch it when you think you've got a good idea. It helps with your composition.
The whole process of flower photography is contemplative. Everything in the garden... the birds and their songs, the water features, strategically placed art, and the plants, create an environment that touches all your senses.
You can't photograph a
flower or a garden by rushing through the process! It's a slow, gentle, experiential
If you can't get to a garden today, there's always a flower nearby. Even one little flower can be an intriguing subject. A delicate little flower pushing through the concrete, up to the sun, is a story of strength and courage!
There are all kinds of stories out there in the garden... you just have to find them.
I want to help you with your flower photography skills and show you how to improve your photography. Even more, to encourage you to slow down and truly enjoy the garden... to see and experience it as you never have before with your eyes, your heart and your camera.
Practicing mindfulness doesn't just improve your flower photography. You'll experience a positive spin-off after you put your camera away and walk into the rest of your day.
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