A Photoblog by Monte Stevens

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Allium

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Allium

Took this image at Inniswood Gardens last summer. One of those images I shrugged off when first looking at it then found something I liked about it a year later. I did some slight cropping and adjusted the contrast. It’s good to revisit the archives.

I also want to share this quote of Galen Rowell’s I found on a post by David Hyde. “The most meaningful photographic styles are always reflections of the internal. We react not so much to what an outdoor photographer sees, but to how he or she sees and renders the subject for us. Personal style comes from within, from a photographer’s unconscious and conscious choices.”  Galen Rowell’s Vision: The Art of Adventure Photography

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

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May 1, 2010 at 12:01 am

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Looking back

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Purple

I do have a lot of images in my archives and am tempted to delete them and save disc space. However, before I deleted them I spent some time looking at the images I passed over asking myself several questions. What was there about the image I did not like? Did I expose it properly? How as the composition, the background? What could I do next time to improve it? And, what could I do now with the knowledge I’ve gained with software such as Lightroom and Photoshop Elements, that will improve what I’ve already got? It turned out to be a good exercise and was fun to experiment with Lightroom. this is one from the past. I cropped the image, adjusted the contrast, brush a bit more detail in the petals and posted it.

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April 29, 2010 at 12:01 am

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A Sunny Morning

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Daisies

It is a bright and sunny morning but I had frost to scrap off the windshield this morning. However, it is suppose to warm up and will be a nice day. Here is an image taken a week ago outside my hotel while traveling. Hope everyone has a great day.

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April 28, 2010 at 7:57 am

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A low perspective

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Dandelions

Are they weeds or flowers? Or are they both, a weed that has a flower? A quick search on Wikipedia came up with some interesting information about dandelions. It s considered a weedy species, especially in lawns and along roadsides, but it is sometimes used as a medical herb and in food preparation. They are important plants for bees. Not only is their flowering used as an indicator that the honey bee season is starting, but they are also an important source of nectar and pollen early in the season. Dandelion pollen is a common allergen and is a common component in bee pollen. This allergen may be commonly responsible for asthma, allergic rhinitis, allergic conjunctivitis and contact dermatitis in sensitive individuals. I found these in the Inniswood Garden’s lawn, which is the lawn where most people would prefer they stayed.

Anyway the gist of this post is about perspective and not giving you information on dandelions. Paul Lester has an older post on his experience of a lower perspective which I agree with, and a pretty good image. With the development of the photographers eye through practice we do pickup on the vision of our world from a different perspective We yearn to see it from new directions.

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April 24, 2010 at 12:01 am

Morning Dewdrop

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Dewdrop

I found this dewdrop on the blade of grass while walking around the apartments a couple of days ago. at first I did not like the flower in the background but after looking at it awhile I sort of like it. What do you think?

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April 23, 2010 at 12:01 am

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Ferns

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Ferns

On the road again as I start a 4-day trip, arriving back home on Sunday evening. Wanted to post an image from a couple of hours spent in Inniswood Gardens last week. Backlit subjects are not easy for me but I will not get any better at it unless I keep shooting.

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April 22, 2010 at 12:01 am

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Out of the Office

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Blossoms

I will be out of the office for a couple of days due to recurrent training. It will be intense and busy so I’m not taking my laptop and camera with me. Not sure how I’m going to make it and what sort of condition I will be in when I come back. I took this while on a walk around the apartment complex I live in. Spring!

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April 8, 2010 at 12:01 am

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