I’m honored to be a guest host for this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #101 with the topic of One Single Flower.
When I was asked to guest host, my first thought was it had to be a flower challenge and as I thought more about it, I came up with the topic one single flower. One of my favorite quotes is “If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.” Buddha. I know flowers have changed my world.
I thought I would start with one of the first photographs I took of a waterlily. I was too afraid to buy a camera with all the lenses, so my first “serious” camera was a pre-DSLR Sony DSC-H9 on August 1, 2008. After seeing the photo above, I got hooked real fast on floral close ups. Since then I have had many cameras and lenses.
I take most of my flower photos from either my yard or various flower farms that are near me. So the majority of my flowers are in their natural outdoor setting. Because of this I’ve learned to take photos of flowers from all angles since flowers don’t always cooperate and grow away from the paths I’m allowed to stand on.
Have you ever tried to take flower photos from their back. This is a peony back.
What about a lone flower in an open field. This is a coreopsis in my yard.
You can take flowers from their sides too. This is a giant sunflower bud.
One of the hardest types of flowers to photograph is the bearded irises. I love them. It took me years to figure out how to capture them well.
And I think the most photogenic of all flowers is the dahlias. I’m fortunate enough to live in the same town as North America’s largest dahlia farm.
We look forwarding to seeing your “One Single Flower” interpretation.
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Many thanks to Tina’s (Travels and Trifles) inspiring and beautiful topic last week of “The Long and Winding Road”. Have you seen these wonderful posts from last week:
Hosts for the remaining challenges in June are:
As always, Patti, Amy, Tina, Ann-Christine, and I look forward to seeing your creative responses to this week’s challenge and thank you for your support. I hope this week is filled with inspiration and good health for you and your loved ones.
Thanks to the Lens-Artists dream team to let me share some of my love of flowers with everyone.
I’ve gathered a list of challenges and their hosts. So if you know a challenge host, please direct them to my blog. Feel free to contact me anytime. I hope everyone will be able to use my lists.
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