Want to get better at flower photography? Easy enough if you...
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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.
So, the 3rd element of a stunning photograph is mindfulness... being completely present in the moment with a deep appreciation and respect for what we encounter through the lens.
There's a pervasive and rapidly growing movement afoot. We're beginning to wake up and appreciate that we are just one element in an unbelievably intricate system. Everything is energy, including people, the trees, rocks and my dog, Ivory.
The popular movie, "The Secret" was revolutionary though it certainly only touches the surface of The Law of Attraction and the energy that runs through our universe and beyond.
You can't sit on your couch, eat potato chips, watch reality TV and hope for the universe to deliver all you want. You have to get into action.
And that goes for becoming a better photographer.
Photography therapy is used to treat children who have suffered terrible traumas. It allows them a creative outlet to express themselves without fear of criticism and punishment.... exactly what all of us desire.
Without paying thousands of dollars for counseling, with the help of our cameras we can bring about our own inner transformation.
The camera we use doesn't need to be a big, heavy, expensive DSLR with all kinds of bells and whistles. Your cell phone camera is more than sufficient and I'll show you many photos that I've created with my iPhone 5s.
Many nature photographers have felt called to become activists, demanding a shift in our short-sighted destruction of the environment. Their videos and photographs give evidence of what is happening in places the average person will never venture and would otherwise not witness.
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.
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.
If what you are seeking is a more peaceful, connected life, nature and flower photography is unquestionably a process that can lead you there.
We must become educated about the poisons we're feeding this earth and how they're killing off the pollinators 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.
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Most of the time I first sit and meditate in a quiet part of the garden for awhile before scouting out scenes or flowers I want to photograph. An advance stroll through the garden, no camera involved, gives me a feel for the energy and the spaces.
That's when ideas start to flow thick and fast like a tsunami! That's the time to bring out pen and paper. Ink it when you think it.
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
garden by rushing through it! It's a slow, gentle, experiential
process. I'm sure you've figured that out by now!
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 for better garden photos doesn't just improve your photos. You'll experience a positive spin-off after you put your camera away and walk into the rest of your day.
Let me know if there's something you love here... want more (or less) of... or, tell me what's missing.
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