Continue reading “Photographing Enough”
When I photograph creatively I deliberately seek to show a mood, emotion or concept. In this instance I was thinking ‘What is the least amount of detail I can photograph so the image portrays the wispy fragility of Acer palmatum leaves?’ Too little in focus and the plant can no longer be identified; too much detail and I don’t convey the graceful quality of the foliage. There’s a sweet spot to be found, a balance, that sense of ‘enough’.
The white Osteospermum (Cape Daisies) in my garden are looking quite spectacular at the moment.Continue reading “Creative Garden Photography”
Continue reading “Photographing Leaf Decay”
I’m looking at decay and it’s a beautiful thing. This leaf skeleton was spotted on a winter forest floor in Hanmer, North Canterbury.
Continue reading “Photographing Elderly Parents, the ethics of”
Permission to take and use these photographs was essential from the outset. That required ensuring that my elderly parents understood how my images might be used – publicly on blogs and perhaps in print.
Continue reading “Improving My Garden Photography 2”
Autumn has arrived and put me in the mood for some creative garden photography. These are mainly constructed in camera using the multiple exposure mode.
Continue reading “The Drag of Photography, choosing what to keep”
Some photography tasks are a drag. Not the first one: it’s so easy in the moment to press the shutter … and keep pressing the shutter … and press it some more for good measure.
Continue reading “Street Photography – A Town Awakes”
Having a fancy DSLR camera does not give me the right to cross ethical boundaries with vulnerable individuals who in no way could give informed consent to being photographed. The clinic was NOT a street setting.
Continue reading “A Letter About Portrait Photography”
Portrait photography is my favourite genre but it’s interesting how different I feel depending which side of a lens I find myself on. This is my letter to the photographer and the photographed, mentioning some of my thoughts.
Continue reading “Photo documentary – Living through Brokenness”
The Storyteller in me expects my photos to say something. But how do you capture the raggedness of emotions – convey the experience – while being true to photo-documentary?
A vexing issue when photographing in the garden is dealing with ‘greens’. Often in photographs they present as bright, gaudy and distracting. With portrait photography the issue becomes worse because of yellow cast to skin tone.Continue reading “Portraits in the Garden – dealing with the green”
Continue reading “Improving My Garden Photography”
With portraits I love to capture emotion but how do I get the ‘feel’ of my garden with shots of plants? Here I share some technical details of my quest to improve flower photography, knowing that there is still much room for improvement.
Continue reading “Street Photography BC”
During lockdown I’ve had plenty of time to trawl through my street photos. But with some of them I now instinctively flinch and pull myself away from the subjects.