Week 46 – # 34 Passage Ways

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34 Passage Ways

There is a attraction in Akaroa, New Zealand called “The Giant’s House”.  The artist is Josie Martin and she purchased this house which was built in the 1800s.  She had the hillside next to the house terraced so she could put in a garden and they found lots of broken porcelain pieces from the 17 – 1800s buried there.  She took those pieces and a lot more and created this larger than life wonder garden of mosaics.  Her art sculptures decorate the gardens.  These are two of the stairways in the gardens.

There is an art gallery on the property as well.  She is a very creative artist.  Please check out her page –    http://www.thegiantshouse.co.nz/default.asp?page=josie


Week 41 – #42 Standing out from the crowd

42 - Standing out from the Crowd

Here is my entry for the theme standing out from the crowd.  While all the other flowers were clustered together, this one was off by itself.    I do not know what the little foliage that surrounded this this flower, but the dull color made the flower stand out – all by itself.

Week 40 – #29 – Mirrored Image

29 - Mirrored Image

We are drawing down to the last themes and as it has been said by a few others, now it is starting to get difficult because you know we did the easy ones first.  Now, mirrored image is not a particularly hard photograph to do, and there are many ways to do a mirrored image.  Using an actual mirror is one way, windows or glass doors are another and then there is water, and there are other items you can use like eyeglasses, a pitcher, etc.  Living in Florida, we have a lot of water, though it not usually so completely calm that we can do a true mirrored image.  I was fortunately enough, in that while my sister and her husband were down visiting on the other coast, she asked me to go with them to McKee Botanical Garden in Vero Beach.  They have some lovely gardens with lots of bridges and paths that make this place wonderful for wedding photography. If you are in the Vero Beach area, you should check them out, there is a wonderful hall there with a table that is almost as long as the hall itself that looks to be from one piece of wood.  It is very grand to see.

One of the bodies of water had the palm trees and lily pads with perfectly calm water, it almost looked like I was taking a photograph of the trees and sky, but the lily pads give it away.  The photo was flipped upside down as the trees were actually growing down in the reflection.

Week 23 – #a1 Black and White

a1 Black and WhiteSometimes the simplest scene is the best.  A fishing dock with gazebo in Apalachicola, FL.  Stormy sky toned down the colorful sunset.  This was a sunset shot, with wonderful oranges and yellows, changed to a light blue grey tint, making the photograph go from colorful and exciting to calm and peaceful, serene. This is my entry for Black and White.


Week 13 – # 41 Splash

41 - Splash


Splash.  I decided not to do the splash of water.   For splash, I thought a splash of color was appropriate.  Though I did not get the white church steeple amongst the New England fall foliage.  I found this barn set back from the road, with the orange, yellow and red leaves in Vermont.

Mother nature does splash better than we ever could, don’t you think?


Week 8 – #10 Framed

Green Gables FramedI used the doorway of the barn at Green Gables House, to frame the famous Green Gables House.  For those who have read the books or saw the movie, this house is not the actual house, but a replica of the house that the author Lucy Maud Montgomery constructed in the stories for Anne.  The grounds are on Prince Edward Island National Park.  It includes the lover’s lane,  Balsam Hollow, the forest that inspired the Haunted Woods and Campbell Pond, the body of water which inspired The Lake of Shining Waters, both described in the book, are located in the area,


Week 5 – # 15 High Key

White Flower

Following my tradition, I am  ready to take photos but of course, it is raining again, so I am now tackling the photography technique called High Key.  So what is High Key?  High Key photography involves a large amount of light tones and fewer mid-tones or shadows.  High key photography uses unnaturally bright lighting to blow out most or all harsh shadows in an image.  But be careful – I do not mean that you should have any blown or over exposed portions.  You should not have any “Blinkies”.

High key methods were originally developed as a solution to screens that couldn’t properly display high contrast ratios, but has developed into more of a stylistic choice. This method is perfect for a subject that is funny, lighthearted or beautiful.

High key photography seeks to eliminate harsh shadows and create a bright environment. It is generally used to convey an upbeat, funny or beautiful subject but can be manipulated to communicate a number of moods and concepts.

You see high key used regularly for model photography, flowers and other subjects that are relatively feminine in nature. Another area perfect for high key is product photography. Practically speaking, the bright nature of the photo really highlights the product and can make for some great attention-grabbing contrast. Psychologically speaking, a product shown on white tends to suggest that it is high quality or upscale in nature.

This photo was taken at ISO 100, at 98mm, F6.3, with EV +1 2/3, 0.4 sec, Aperture priority, Spot metering.  Now I do not have a studio, so this was done in my dining room, on the table, with a white sheet on the table and one end raised up for the backdrop.  I also do not have studio lighting so this was done with lamps, floor and regular, two behind the flower to light the backdrop, and two on either side of the camera, one higher than the camera and one even with it.  I tried to keep it as simple as possible working with just what I had (other than getting the flower).