that feeling

February 11, 2019  •  3 Comments

Thursday is Valentine's Day.  Need I say more?  It terrifies many because of societal expectations, and fills others with the joy of giving and receiving. Although Valentine's Day is celebrated on July 6 and 30th in Eastern Orthodox churches, February 14 has become the official date for many celebrations around the world.  The theme of the day - love - is a part of nearly every song written and thousands of books, movies, and television episodes. Writers at Wikipedia indicate that "The day first became associated with romantic love within the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century, when the tradition of courtly love flourished."  It would be lovely indeed if the entirety of humanity celebrated the "Power of Love" (Huey Lewis and the News) in its many forms at least one day a year.  Short of that, a few photographic images from the heart might fill some gaps.

Flat grey skies are the bane of photographers' existence when it comes to some architectural, landscape, and travel photography.  But those same skies can be perfect for shooting portraits and still life subjects.  I used the snowy landscape and a pearl-colored fill disc to shoot red silk poppies under the leaden skies. The snow first.

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The toned rose bud shown below was shot through filtered light.

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Gentle rose petals in water with soft focus light to bring out the base color

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May everyone feel love this week!

until next Monday,


a passion fro the [email protected]




LUCIA ORTIZ Y GARCIA(non-registered)
Gracias chica Daryl,

. . . . for this lovely valentine greeting, and for the added historical commentary. Saint Valentine's day is my favorite day of the year and consequently I love to send love in every direction -- wherever my framily resides (framily, my word for friends who are also family). Keep on keeping on sending your delightful photos, amiga! !Y gracias otra vez!

Abrazos de Lucia
Lawrence Jones(non-registered)
Steve Immel said it before I could. Your images are rich, lush and have such stunning three dimensional depth!
Steve Immel(non-registered)
Happy Valentine's Day to you and Fred. Boy, the even light was perfect for your floral still lifes. The silk poppies on the snow are rich and lush and the toned black and white of the roses has tremendous depth that's almost three dimensional. It has a timeless quality.
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