backdrop by nature
This planet of ours is extraordinary, and the nature of it literally never ceases to amaze me. If I am paying attention on any given day or time, it always presents something to photograph, and this week was no exception. After a series of overcast and snowy days, sun started to emerge in between the clouds. Leftover moisture in the sky combined with random winds aloft creating stratus or stratocumulus clouds. The late afternoon light was perfect. I looked at the sky and said "I need to get my camera." After taking a series of sky shots, it occurred to me how interesting the clouds might be as a backdrop for, yet again, flowers.
Comments on last week's blog reiterated something that made sense. People definitely have different preferences when it comes to backdrops. These first two photographs appeal to me because of the lightness of the alstroemeria (Peruvian lilies), but the other photographs which are bolder and brighter, might make some of you smile. I used a fill flash for all of the images.
The sunflowers absolutely popped against nature's stunning backdrop. The second shot is closer and gives the flower more of the stage.
And finally, in the photo below, the base of the flower is given prominence.
This is the first time I intentionally used the sky as a backdrop for a flower I brought to it. It was such an interesting process that I suspect clouds will now make me think about more than the sky in skyscapes.
My thanks this week to Lisa, Barbara, Maria, Lizard, Victoria, Susie, Catherine, Wayne, Ingrid, Sam, Cristina, Steve, and Dianne for your great feedback.
until next Monday,
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Keywords: alstroemerias, blacks crossing photography, clouds, daryl a. black, flowers, nature, new mexico, Peruvian lilies, photography, skyscape, still life, sunflowers, taos
All I can say is wow!!!!
Oh, so nice.
As you know, we get these kinds of clouds here in Scottsdale too.
And, I sure take plenty of pics of them.
But, I never thought of using them as a background.
Very creative. love them.
Great experiment! The sky is a marvelous backdrop for the flowers. I wouldn't have thought of it though I love a cloudless sky for portraiture. I feel the sunflowers respond best to the cloudy sky. They're more prominent and more details are revealed. My favorite is the last image where the sunflower is given center stage is star of the show.
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