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Finding Inspiration

“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.” — Elliott Erwitt

Welcome to the first post in my photography blog. I will post periodically and tell the story behind some of my photos. I’ll definitely feature some of my favorites. But I may also include some of those that are “almost” good enough. Heck, I may also include some that were serious misses!

Keep reading for the background behind these photos.

I was struggling for inspiration the day I took these. I was at the park and it was a beautiful day, but I just wasn’t feeling it. Then I noticed the dandelions. I remembered being a kid and blowing on the seed heads, scattering them into the breeze. Do you remember doing that as well. Now that I’m a grown up with a lawn to maintain, it just doesn’t seem as fun.

Then I noticed the perfect symmetry and knelt down to look through my lens. I actually had to back up because I had my long lens on the camera and didn’t feel like changing. But I wanted to get the details of the arrangement.

When I got back home I pulled the pics up on the computer screen and started playing with different crops. The full shots were recognizable and nice, but they didn’t highlight the details that caught my eye out in the field. These closer crops worked better. The colors were nice, but also a little distracting in the background so I decided to try a B&W treatment. AHA! Now the shapes and details popped. I did each pic individually and then looked at these three and thought they made a really neat set arranged together. Three different views of the same flowerhead, all similar yet all different. They really complemented each other well. I think these would be ideally suited to a beautiful set of prints – all hung together.

Please feel free to leave any comments or questions. Thanks for reading!


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