backdrop by nature

January 26, 2020  •  10 Comments

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.

sky waves and Peruvian lilies 1sky waves and Peruvian lilies 1

sky waves and Peruvian lilies 2sky waves and Peruvian lilies 2


The sunflowers absolutely popped against nature's stunning backdrop.  The second shot is closer and gives the flower more of the stage.

sky waves and sunflower 1sky waves and sunflower 1


sky waves and sunflower 2sky waves and sunflower 2


And finally, in the photo below, the base of the flower is given prominence.

sky waves and sunflower 3sky waves and sunflower 3

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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Nakliyat Yapanlar(non-registered)
Sweet website! Very cool images!! Awesome pictures, Great photographer, Thank you for sharing! Your dreams are so beautiful. your point of view is different from other people. Looking forward to checking out your pictures and page. Congratulations achievements.
Ingrid Upton(non-registered)
All I can say is wow!!!!
Catherine Sobredo(non-registered)
Although using the sky as a backdrop is very striking and original, I find the Peruvian lilies to be be my favorites because of their exquisite gracefulness!
Wayne Gesterfield(non-registered)
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.
Steve Immel(non-registered)
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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