Photography-Flowers and Backgrounds

Two yellow flowers, two different backgrounds.

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With the summer days quickly flying by, I decided to visit the Chicago Botanic Gardens to photograph flowers. My focus was to isolate a flower and pay attention to background. At the time of capture I honestly had nothing in mind in choosing a background. But, after reviewing, discovered color can really impact the mood of an image especially when photographing flowers…two yellow flowers, two different backgrounds evoke two different moods.

Photography – Sunsets

It always amazes me how differently each sunset can look depending upon where you are in the world!

Chicago Skyline   Chicago Skyline – f/5.6; ISO 800; 1/15 sec.

Danube River   Danube River – f/7.1; ISO 200; 1/125 sec.

Sorrento    Sorrento, Italy – f/10; ISO 200; 1/250 sec.

 

Bird Photography-Blue Herons

Fishing for Lunch

Spent a long time watching this blue heron hunt for fish on the shores of Delavan Lake in Wisconsin. Their process of catching fish is very interesting. The heron will stand very still in the water upright, but as it moves to a new location it cocks its head and neck to one side to scan the water surrounding it. When fish are spotted, it crouches its body down very close to the surface of the water and tucks its neck in close to its body. And then it waits – when the time is right with extreme force and precision it dives for the fish.

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Photography – After the Snow Storm

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SNOW: “It is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam. This crisp winter air is full of it. ”  John Burroughs

The Chicago area was under a blizzard warning last night. The wind was blowing so strong and the snow was really coming down. It was a winter wonderland. As much as I dread the snow, it always amazes me how beautifully it drapes nature after the storm.

f/6.3;  1/250; ISO-400; 18mm lens

 

Photography – Sunset On The Lake

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“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky” Rabindranath Tagore

DELAVAN LAKE, WISCONSIN – I got very lucky with this photograph. Happened to be walking my dog down by the lake, and there was a two minute window to take this photograph as a storm was rolling in. Samsung Galaxy s9 cell phone: f/2; 1/94; ISO 50;