Week 12: Seasonal

So I’m pulling another theme from my alternate list this week, because, ya know, I wanna ūüôā ¬†You know I love the chance to talk about all things spring and summer, and since the alternate list has this week’s theme as “seasonal”, I’m all about it!

Going to Florida always gets me a little out of whack weather wise, but I’m happy to report that things have warmed up around here. ¬†We may be looking at a cold front for the rest of the month, allegedly, but I’ll take a cooler spring over two feet of snow any day. ¬†Even with the chillier than normal temperatures, it’s been warm enough for the world to blossom, and I’ve been happy to enjoy it and capture some springy moments.

First, let me start with a little ode to the cherry blossoms…

They’re always some of my favorites. ¬†I wish they would last a little longer, but with the first windy day, they’re gone. ¬†I’m happy to have had a sunny day off where I got to wander around a little and snap some photos. ¬†It was actually one of those windy days while I was photographing these, so it was a little difficult to capture a clear image. ¬†Luckily, I did, and I was also lucky enough to snap a few of the baby bumble bees which were fluttering around the blossoms and fighting the wind. ¬†Poor little things — they would be there one second, happily bouncing from flower to flower, and then woosh! ¬†A huge gust of wind would come, and they’d be gone. ¬†They’re tough though — they made it back ūüôā

As for some of the other flavors of spring, you always get the same first visitors; daffodils, hyacinths, and the cute little “weed” flowers, you know, from the weeds that grow in the grass….not that…I’m not talking about¬†that! ¬†But while I was on vacation a couple weeks ago, and at the Bok Tower Gardens, I took advantage of the garden part of that visit, and took pictures of the gorgeous things they had in bloom there. It was really a fun place to see, and you should check it out if you’re in the area. ¬†According to their website, something is always in bloom, and I wouldn’t doubt it; the weather there is perfect for year-round blooms. ¬†While I was there, I’m pretty sure I was fortunate¬†enough to make it during one of their peak bloom season, and among other things, was able to enjoy their Japanese Magnolias, Camellias, and Nun’s Orchids. ¬†It was a beautiful walk, and smelled amazing! ¬†Even as we were a few minutes away and driving up to the gardens, you could smells the flowers. ¬†So while I’m dreaming of warmer weather on this chilly spring night, enjoy these photos of the little promises that warmer weather is right around the corner!

 

Week 5: Black and White Landscape

So that’s a pretty specific topic, don’t you think? ¬†I don’t mind it, though. ¬†At this point, I’m ready for some pretty straight forward assignments. ¬†I’m sitting here at school, in between classes, after having worked on scholarship applications and brainstorming on how in the world I’m going to redo my first assignment for my photography class. ¬†Don’t you just hate it when your original idea flops? ¬†I know I do. ¬†Anyways….

Landscapes! ¬†Black and White! ¬†Two things I’m very fond of! ¬†As a matter of fact, I’m working on another project for my Alternative Processes class (side note: ¬†I’m super excited to be taking this class!). ¬†So, while out shooting for that class, I decided to visit my favorite tree….yes, I said favorite tree, I know it sounds a little weird. ¬†Once I saw him, I decided to do a whole series of trees; closeups, abstractions, and landscapes — the whole gamut of tree shots. ¬†Since this assignment is an introduction to cyanotype, we had to create negatives to use for the contact printing process, and therefore, I had to change my images to back and white. ¬†Perfect for this!

I have to say, even though I’ve worked with essentially the same image of this tree over a multitude of mediums and projects, I never get tired of looking at it. ¬†I think it’s interesting, too, that the original “favorite tree” picture was taken with my film camera, making a black and white image, yet this¬†digital version has a personality all it’s own. ¬†I think no matter what I use, I’ll always love it. ¬†It’s a little creepy, the branches twisting and contorting in ways which I haven’t noticed often elsewhere. ¬†It looks dead nearly all year, but then flourishes in the spring with it’s bright green leaf-filled branches. ¬†Honestly, the spring version of my favorite tree is a little weird; you can still see it’s gnarly branches poking out between the¬†lush leaves. ¬†Maybe I’m bias because I admire the winter version all the time, but I think the bald look fits this tree better.

So as a fun little thing, here’s a comparison of the original, and my new image ūüôā

A little bit different, compositionally speaking, but you can certainly tell it’s the same tree. ¬†If you can’t tell by looking at these, however, the original is on the left (a scan of the black and white film), and the new one is on the right. ¬†I’m sure you’ve all seen this tree before — it’s not the first time he’s been on here for different things ūüôā

But aside from admiring my favorite little tree, I did take more pictures, so it’s not just an obsession about him (though, now that I think of it…). ¬†Here are a couple of the more broad shots from the project, in their black and white, pre inverted negative, versions. ¬†I’ll save some of the detail shots for later. ¬†I was going to say I think they’ll be more interesting as cyanotypes, but you’ll just have to wait and see. ¬†Maybe I’ll post both versions and you can decide :). ¬†Enjoy!