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!

 

Of the Shadows

I suppose I’m eating my words at this moment. ¬†I know I said I wouldn’t be doing the typical, over-done type silhouette, but once I put it out there, I wasn’t able to get it out of my mind. ¬†On the other hand, after looking through my photos this week for other silhouette photos, it seems like “over-done” in my collection would be nature, beach, trees, etc. ¬†I’m going to twist that in to saying that doing the classic back-lit figure silhouette isn’t over done…in my case ūüôā ¬†Either way, I’m much happier this week in doing photos focused on dark elements as opposed to light elements. ¬†I prefer the darker, mysterious, “hidden aspect” type photo to the lighter and transparent one.

These shots were a little challenging, but I’m happy with the final results. ¬†Getting enough lighting set up when you only have living room/side table lamps to work with was probably the greatest difficulty. ¬†You would think in photos where you don’t need to see anything but a blacked out figure as your subject you wouldn’t need that much light, but I was quickly corrected. ¬†Happily, we added much more lighting, which gave some nice little details on the figure for some of the images, which I actually enjoy more than the true silhouette images. ¬†Editing the photos were a close second in things of difficulties with this shoot. ¬†We were both exhausted, and wanted to make quick work of this shoot (though, nothing is ever “quick”, per sey, when working on my projects), so we were a little careless when thinking out what was going on in the background. ¬†Having a full backdrop, and being prepared with proper lighting are definitely two things on my list before attempting a shoot like this again, though I would love to give it another try. ¬†Thanks to my friend for practically rearranging her whole house to do this, as well as for being my awesome model! ¬†I’m happy to say that these photos have a little twist on the assignment of “silhouettes”. ¬†Though some are true silhouettes, with the figure completely blacked out, others were completed with more of a touch of “low-key”, wich is something I’ve been wanting to experiment with. ¬†Once I get the lighting and set up in order for future shoots, I’ll have to see if I can twist my friend’s arm to do another shoot with me. ¬†Until then, enjoy our first collaborative effort of silhouetted figures.

Week 12: Silhouette

From the bright and “fluffy” to the dark and mysterious, this week’s theme is silhouette. ¬†Unlike last week, I have a little practice with this one, and I have some ideas brewing already. ¬†Since I’ve done quite a few silhouettes in my nature and beach (ok, mostly beach) photography, I think I’m going to attempt to photograph something a little different this week. ¬†I’ve always admired those classic silhouettes of a figure standing in front of a window (or some similarly light-flooded set up) in that contrapposto type pose. ¬†You know me, though; I might like something, but I’m not a huge fan of doing the overdone. ¬†After doing so much reading on high key last week, I also took some time to look into its darker side, low-key, and could see how some low-key images could be interpreted into silhouettes, so I may attempt to incorporate some of those elements in to this week’s challenge. ¬†Now, for the true challenge, which is (as usual) finding a model. ¬†Maybe I should make “creating a database of willing models” my business challenge for this week, since that’s something I’m in constant need of, yet perpetually without. ¬†On a good note, I did find an open studio space for ceramic crafting at the University of Maryland, so I might be able to start working on my prop for the “red” themed week!

As I turn the heat up in my cold apartment on this “spring” night, I’ll leave you with a couple of pictures from some vacations I’ve taken in the past. ¬†Hope these warm you up and have you thinking of summer! ¬†It is right around the corner, isn’t it? ¬†Guess I shouldn’t get ahead of myself, and should just wait for spring to blossom. ¬†At least the blustering winter days and snow storms are behind us…I think ūüôā