A Photoblog by Monte Stevens

A place for my photos and random thoughts

Posts Tagged ‘flower

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 Rose

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The Rose

A Rose from Inniswood Gardens

I thought this rose was so different in color. I also know that the colors of roses have certain meanings to them and I wondered what this color of a rose indicated? Here’s what I found. A red and yellow rose means : Jovial and Happy Feelings

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September 3, 2009 at 12:01 am

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Pollinating My Photography

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Pollination

Pollination

I know this image is not very good but I decided to post it anyway. It is heavily cropped, grainy and not very sharp. So, why post a dud? Because it also reminds me of why I get out to shoot just as much as one of my better images. Paul Lester mentions why he presses the shutter in one of his blogs. He states, “Sometimes I don’t know why I click the shutter, but I just have to. And when that feeling hits, nothing but the click will do.” Man can I relate. I shoot and post images because of the change that occurs in me when I press the shutter. Words like therapy, healing, rejuvenation, quiet time, beauty, getting in touch with nature, getting away from the hustle of city life and pollination. Pollination? Yes, pollination. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 24, 2009 at 12:01 am

Cone Flower

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Cone Flower

Cone Flower

I wanted to post this image as like the colors but there are thousands cone flower images like this. I asked myself how I could I make this image different? If anyone has followed my photography over the past few years you will notice I do very little post processing. After some tweaking around with Lightroom 2 this is what I came up with. What do ya think? Hope everyone is having a good weekend.

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July 27, 2009 at 12:01 am

Natures Surprises

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Bumble Bee

Bumble Bee and Dotted Blazing Star

Nature is always changing and presenting us with surprises. This bumble bee is an example of such a surprise. I was in Blendon Woods park playing around with my white balance preset, you know the adage, practice makes perfect, when this bee decided to get in the image. As a photographer, I had no problems with that. 

Life is also constantly changing. Big and little surprises enter our lives on a daily basis. How do we handle the surprises in life? do we accept them or fight against them? Do we run away from them? I kinda like surprises, myself!

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July 15, 2009 at 12:01 am

Simplicity

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Simplicity

Simplicity

A simple flower, right? Scientifically we know it is a complicated living organism. I do not need to know, nor explain, all the complicated stuff about this flower so see it’s beauty. I can just open my eyes and enjoy with as many of me senses as I can. Why do we not live life like that? There are many who add complication to their lives with the mind set we must control life. Doesn’t work for me. What works for me is to live the day as it is, enjoy it and I will find it is not complicated. When tomorrow comes I will do it again and enjoy it. It’s pretty simple.

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July 1, 2009 at 12:01 am