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how I took this photo

Today I’m sharing ‘how I took this photo’ with you. You’ll be surprised at how simple my thought process is. 🙂

At the top of my driveway, I have this huge butterfly bush. A few days ago, I noticed that it was absolutely full of white flowers … something I love to photograph. So, I picked several of them. These cone-shaped pieces of nature are a challenge for me to photograph. The pointed florals always seem to bother me when I have them in a vase. Today I found a different way to display them.

Before I took the photograph though, I had to shake them out a bit. I’m amazed at how many tiny little insects are crawling all over these flowers. Every time I lay them down it seems that more and more insects and spiders come crawling out. I laid these on the bench outside my back door while I found some other beauties to pick before the bees started buzzing about.

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When I came back to get them, I noticed this interesting looking and almost dead succulent sitting on the shelf. Knowing it would add some depth and character to the photo, I grabbed it along with the flowers and went inside. I like a little something soft and flowing in my photographs, so I went through my linens and other pieces of cloth and ended up with this great piece by Made on 23rd.

Most often, because I like bright and airy photos, I choose white as my background. The simplest and least expensive thing I’ve found is white foam core board. I put it underneath and behind my subject and then have the window light either to the right or left. As you can see here, I have it to the right. The photo was taken at 10:30 a.m., so the morning light was flowing into the window. With that beautiful light, I was able to keep my camera set with an ISO of 100. Using my 50 mm lens at f/2.0 and 1/180 of a second, allowing a large amount of light into the camera I ended up with the brightest photo possible.

Thanks for stopping in and reading. Come back for more posts like this. 🙂

Carolyn

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Carolyn has a keen eye for how to compose still life set-ups, using lighting to enhance the scene she is displaying.

Her eye for beauty is exceptional!

Carolyn's work is so pleasing! Her eye for beauty in nature as well as in still life is exceptional!
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Carolyn's work is so pleasing! Her eye for beauty in nature as well as in still life is exceptional!

She is extraordinarily talented and has a beautiful heart as well.

Her ability to create elegant, serene imagery by marrying both feminine and rustic elements is truly a gift.

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Her ability to create elegant, serene imagery by marrying both feminine and rustic elements is truly a gift.

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