For this weeks photo challenge, Inspiration, I decided to go with a picture that was shot as is. There has been no editing to this picture. No manipulation. What you see is what you get. I picked this particular shot because it inspires me as a photographer to keep bettering my techniques and improve upon everything I already have learned. When I can take pictures like this one and see it in its full beauty, knowing I don’t have to tweak it the slightest bit, it inspires me to go out and do it again. In the recent years I have really worked on learning my camera better and understanding how to compose a perfect shot. As I learn I can see the results when I upload them and see them on a large screen. With each session I can see more and more pictures that need no fixing, and that inspires me as a photographer.
For this weeks photo challenge, Close Up, I was torn between so many images. To be honest macro photography is just what I do. It is my one true love…if you catch me out in the field it is most likely because I am taking macro photos. I just can’t help myself. Over the years I have honed my macro photography taking abilities and in recent months have ended up with beautiful shots like the one above. As you all know I love lily pads and boy when they bloom I am on them like a hawk. This shot just got lucky enough to capture the bee buzzing around this beautiful open bloom. I hope you enjoy!
“Today I begin to understand what love must be, if it exists… When we are parted, we each feel the lack of the other half of ourselves. We are incomplete like a book in two volumes of which the first has been lost. That is what I imagine love to be: incompleteness in absence.”
-Edmond de Goncourt
For this weekly photo challenge, Half and Half
, I decided to go back to my Italy photographs. I have to be honest, this was a tricky challenge. Looking through my photographs nothing screamed half and half until I came to this image. This image was taken in Florence, Italy. I was there with family and we were just walking the streets aimlessly. The clouds in the sky were picturesque and the architecture was incredible. And thus this photograph was born!
“Reverie is when ideas float in our mind without reflection or regard of the understanding”. –John Locke
For this weeks photo challenge Afloat I went with my go to item to photograph, lily pads. This picture always takes me back to walking around and marveling at all the beautiful blooming lily pads, then right next to the flowering beauties were these massive lily pads, easy 3 or 4 feet across. They might have not had any flower to bloom but the way they floated on top of the water made it almost more beautiful than any blooming flower. They did not draw your attention immediately but when you started to truly look you could see how wonderful they were.
“Most days it feels as if the world is whirling around me and I am standing still. In slow motion, I watch the colors blur; people and faces all become a massive wash.” -Sarah Kay
For this weeks challenge, Blur I went back into a trip I took years earlier. This picture was taken when I visited Pompeii in Italy. On our tour we visited the local brothel that had images on the wall of different positions so that when costumers didn’t speak the language they could just point to what they wanted. Since Pompeii was a hub before it was destroyed by the volcanic eruption, having universal paintings for what exactly you wanted was crucial. It got rid of the language barrier in a sense. The downside of going inside the brothel was that the lighting was completely gone except for a few modern hanging features to make the paintings more visible. Because of this most of my shots were blurred but this one turned out blurred in a beautiful fashion. The edges seem smooth with the background slightly intact.
“So much of what we do is ephemeral and quickly forgotten, even by ourselves, so it’s gratifying to have something you have done linger in people’s memories.” –John Williams
For this weeks challenge, Ephemeral
I decided to dig into my archives and resurface an image I took a while ago with someone who will never return to my life. The moment that seemed to last forever was gone in such a short amount of time. These ephemeral moments make you appreciate what you have in that very second. The future can wait if only for a little longer.
“You can’t change who you are, but you can change what you have in your head, you can refresh what you’re thinking about, you can put some fresh air in your brain.“
This weeks photo challenge was “Fresh” and for me all that is fresh is represented in nature. This shot was taken at Longwood Gardens, which is my absolute favorite place to shoot. The conservatory always highlights foliage from around the world and just breathes new life into anyone lacking inspiration.