May 10, 2016

The Charm and Character of Flowers - Color, Form, Shape and Light

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Lilies always make for great photography. Colors, forms and shapes are very unique. I photographed this Asiatic Lily in my own backyard. After a night and early morning full of drizzling rain I head outside to get in close with this tiny sensation. Equipped with my Canon 100mm F/2.8 macro lens I found a perspective that features all features of the flower and more importantly its character. 

Defining the Characters of Flowers is not an easy task. The color it shines in is one. Red symbolizes energy, danger, strength and power but also is associated with passion, desire and love. Yellow is the color of sunshine. It's connected with joy, happiness and energy. Orange combines the energy of red and the happiness of yellow. Blue represents the opposite warm colors like red- orange and yellow. It is often associated with intelligence, faith, truth and heaven. It also has a calming effect and spreads the feeling of tranquility. Green represents the color of nature. It is often linked with the feelings of harmony, freshness and fertility. White suggests innocence, purity, and virginity. White is often considered the color of perfection. In addition lines, forms and shapes determine the Character of a Flower. A line from the bottom left to the upper right corner is considered positive, from bottom right to upper left corner negative. Vertical lines appear strong, solid and vital. A curved line has a converging character that is strongly conveyed by an arch leading from one point to another. Circles composed of a single, unbrkoen line represents wholeness and conveys a protecting character. Triangular shapes represent magic, creativity, strength and endurance while squared and rectangular ones indicate integrity, community stability and structure. The best was to add form and volume is by inserting elements in different planes of the photography image. The effective use of depth is important. In example positioning a blossom in the near for foreground dominates the photograph and thereby strength, power and dominance.

As with all Photography the effective use of light is an important attribute to showcase the flowers' character. Light can be dull and boring making the flower itself dull and boring. During the morning or evening golden hours flowers are transformed magically, especially when the floral blossom is lit from the side. The right light paints floral subjects beautifully and brings out their full texture, features and charm. 

There are many things to consider when discussing the charm and character of a flower but if one had to describe it in one sentence: The flower must immediately grabbing attention and keeping the viewers eye glued to it.

Try to apply the the above to my latest flower photography image Tiny Sensation and let me know what character it has. Thanks for listening, reading and sharing! 

Good light and happy photo making,

Juergen

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May 3, 2016

Idyllic Maine Mount Desret Island at Manset Harbor

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Mount Desert Island has plenty of scenic harbor villages that make for great sunset and sunrise Photography. Manset in Southwest Harbor has a beautiful wooden pier with a shack atop. It's a wonderful setting I I was able to incorporate the beautiful sunset light into this composition. The warm evening hues painted the shack in wonderful tones while the pier was reflected in the calm waters.

The aperture setting for this photography image was f/32 providing a shutter speed of 1/2 seconds at ISO100. During my routing post processing flow I removed dust sports and image imperfection, minimally adjusted lighting, color contrast and saturation before sharpening the final image of Manset.
 
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Juergen

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Apr 27, 2016

Flower Photography Tip

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Isolate the main floral subject against a bokeh of other flowers in a complementary color. In this Flower Photography image I captured the bright red tulip against a purple blooming blossom.


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Juergen

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Apr 22, 2016

Boston University John Hancock Student Village at Night


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The John Hancock Student Village or StuVi is a residential and recreational complex at Boston University. It towers over Agganis Arena and the BU campus grounds. The background in this features two of the tallest Boston skyscrapers; The Prudential Center and 200 Clarendon formerly known as the John Hancock Tower. I really love the bright colors and the detail captured in this Boston night photography image.

This Boston skyline photo and BU StuVi is available as museum quality photography prints, canvas prints, acrylic prints or metal prints. Fine art prints may be framed and matted to the individual liking and decorating needs. All my Boston photos are also available for digital and print Image Licensing. Please contact me direct with any questions or request.

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Juergen

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Apr 19, 2016

Scenic New Harbor Panorama Photography Image

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Maine has many picturesque harbors but New Harbor must be one of the most scenic ones. New Harbor is a small New England village nested away beautiful from the Atlantic Ocean. This picturesque New England village is a working harbor residing on the mid-coast of Maine and has a rich history of fishing, lobster boating and boat building. The town is located on the beautiful Pemaquid Peninsula that also calls home to one of the most iconic lighthouses of New England, Pemaquid Head Light. Life is simple, peaceful and relaxed in New Harbor.

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Juergen

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Apr 16, 2016

Four of the Tallest Building in Boston: Boston State Street Corporation, The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, the Boston Millennium Tower and the One Financial Center

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While recently on assignment and photographing a Gigapan high resolution Boston skyline photography image for a client I noticed this new perspective of the city. Since I was a bit early and waiting for the optimal light I explored this new location and composed a more intimate skyline view of Boston that features 4 of the Tallest Boston Buildings: Boston State Street Corporation, The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, the Boston Millennium Tower and the One Financial Center. The light of early dawn painted the sky in beautiful pink hues. 

During post processing I removed dust spots and image imperfection, adjusted brightness, color saturation before sharpening the final image of Boston State Street Corporation, The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, the Boston Millennium Tower and the One Financial Center. 

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Juergen

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Apr 4, 2016

Can you believe it?

It's already April and Red Sox baseball is here! 

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It's opening day in Cleveland where the Boston Red Sox are hitting it off with the Indians, lead by Terry Francona, a beloved Boston icon. Go Sox! 

What's on your mind on this beautiful Monday in April?

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