Tears for Fears

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Many elements go into the production of a beautiful photograph, and what elements are used depends on the subject matter. For this image, I used a range of things to enhance this gerbera daisy: removal of color, foreground and background bokeh created by the water droplets, negative space, and a lighting setup that boosted the texture of the petals.

Why remove color from flowers? Most people believe a significant part of a flower’s beauty lies in their vibrance. As a photographer, I see subtle nuances start emerge as color is removed — what I’ve come to think of as the flower’s unique personality. It’s less apparent when the color distracts my eye.

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Tears for Fears

Camera fun

Playing with my camera is always fun, no matter what I’m shooting. Sometimes I decide to color outside the lines, get a little creative. That’s when I invariably either surprise myself and get exactly what I want on the first try — or, as I did today, spend most of a day rearranging, changing the light, trying unorthodox methods, before I get what I want. I might end up throwing out a few dozen bad images. Sometimes I give up completely, but that’s rare because I’m very stubborn!

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Abstract in monochrome