Thursday, June 06, 2013

A Personal Photo Challenge





Each month, Donna from Cottage Days and Journeys posts a personal photo challenge. Since one of my goals for 2013 has been to improve my photography skills, I've joined in. 



For this first photo, I crouched down and took a photo of my herb garden. It's odd how the black water pipe crossing the path is so much more visible in a photo. In real life, I hardly notice it. 
 

This photo was taken looking down at the chive blossoms. There were so many bees - a very good sign for gardeners - but they move quickly and getting a clear shot was difficult.
 

For this last shot, I got below the level of the blossom to shoot it with some blue sky background.

All shots were taken with my Nikon Coolpix P7100, basically a point and shoot digital. I used the Scene mode, with the first two photos on Landscape and the last one on Closeup. Post shooting processing was a simple matter of deepening the shadows and adding a touch of highlight.

I'm looking forward to seeing more composition variations at Donna's A Personal Photochallenge site.

19 comments:

Vee said...

Oh I love the second to last one...that's how I imagine that I truly see chive blossoms. (I don't, but that's what I think of.) I know what you mean about the black hose, too. So many times something shows up in a photo that I'd never seen before.

podso said...

Beautiful perspective on your garden!

Dawna Motz said...

Great shots!! I love the purple tops to chives!! Thanks for sharing and I look forward to seeing what you photograph! Have a great week end!

Pamela Gordon said...

So pretty. I love chives and actually photographed one this morning too! :) I need to get my thoughts together for a post. Your photos are so beautiful, Lorrie! Have a wonderful weekend.

Lavender Cottage said...

Hi Lorrie
A nice perspective of the chives, especially the last one taken on an angle to show your beautiful blue sky. I have trouble with this angle, my knees don't cooperate.
Judith

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Oh, I love the photo with the bumble bee! You couldn't have timed that any better! What a lovely garden!

Donna said...

Can you hear my applause?! These are wonderful examples of changing up the composition. It's great to get an overall view of the garden because it sets the stage. But everybody naturally loves the closeups to closely examine the details. I can practically hear the bee buzzing in the 2nd one, LOL. And the 3rd one is my favorite because it's extra tough to pull off successfully and you got a terrific exposure on the subject without blowing out the highlights in the sky. That little Coolpix is serving you very well and, more importantly, you know how to use it!

Terri Steffes said...

Wow, the colors are so vivid! I am here from Vee's. Thanks for sharing your pictures.

Cheryl said...

I have always considered you an artist, with the camera and with words. I still think so.

Donna said...

What a lovely look at the garden! Love the color!

Peggy Jones said...

I think this was a great theme. Your shots are great. A macro shot is sometimes hard to get but you nailed it.
QMM

Sally said...

Beautiful photo's and garden. :)

Chel C said...

Your shots are wonderful. I love seeing plants from a different angle. The chives with the bee shot is perfect! Have a wonderful weekend. Chel x

MandaBurms said...

I smiled at your comment re the the black water pipe. Your close up is stunning with the blue sky in background.
Love leanne

Jeanne said...

I just love your herb garden and the photos are lovely.

Annie said...

Wonderful photos for this challenge. I left my camera at my daughter's place, so will probably do a different sort of interpretation of Donna's theme, if I manage to get to it!

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

I love your shots...and yes it's funny how the camera sees what we block out.. I use it to refine the garden, take a shot, look at what it sees...and then make some changes.

Great shots Lori, keep it up.

Jen

Sarah said...

I LOVE peonies. Yours are beautiful. The "bee" photo is great! Love the pics. - Sarah

ClickNCamera said...

Beautiful garden...Jealous of your herbs, I kill them every time I try to grow them. I love the shot with the bee, all nicely done!