Pretty Purple

I often walk to the supermarket for our weekly shop. This morning I noticed these pretty purple flowers (roses?) on a street corner.

Google Photos tries hard to come up with creative variations. Its attempt for this one didn’t quite work out, though:

Flowers and Construction on a Sunny Spring Morning

I went for a walk this morning to drop off some (long) overdue library books. I took my camera along with me for a change.

I went for a walk this morning to drop off some (long) overdue library books. I took my camera along with me and captured some of the construction in the city.

One of the aspects I like about Spring in our city are these flowers. They only flower for a short time, and I tend to photograph them every year (except, perhaps, last year).

Little Red Flowers

These flowers seem to all over Modiin. I have no idea what they’re called but they’re pretty.

Beautiful pink and white flowers

I noticed these pink and white flowers a few days ago and took a couple photos on my phone. I returned yesterday and took more photos with my DSLR and I like the look.

I noticed a few small bushes of really pretty pink and white flowers last Friday and snapped a couple photos and shared them on Instagram. This one is on my public Instagram profile that I created yesterday (variable post privacy options in Instagram would be awesome!):

Pink and white shot on my phone last week. The precursor to my latest photos.

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I really liked how they came out and decided to return with my DSLR for more photos. The original photos came out seemingly overexposed (I have a feeling I didn’t reset my exposure compensation setting from another set of photos before I took the photos). I like the result after some processing in Lightroom, though. Here are some highlights. You can view my complete album on Flickr:

As a matter of interest, what works better for you when I publish image galleries? Something like a Flickr embed or photos uploaded to this site directly?

A dozen blooming flowers in a time lapse video

I just watched this mesmerising video of these beautiful flowers opening with my daughter. Great start to a day.

Featured in @VSCO Grid this week

I’m pretty pleased that one of my photos is featured in VSCO Grid this week. This tree grows in my mother’s garden and I was trying to find a perspective on the tree that felt interesting to me and this shot pretty much did that for me. I still haven’t found my ideal perspective on this tree but this photo works well enough.

Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow tree
Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow tree

Colours and contrasts with flowers

I went for a walk the other day with my camera in my neighbourhood and came across some beautiful subject matter. I’m not sure whether I really ever do subject matter like this justice when I shoot it but I feel compelled to capture it as best I can regardless.

Two things stood out for me while I was taking these photos and when I edited them afterwards. For starters, the photos I take with my iPhone 5 (edited with the VSCO Cam app – my favourite after the standard photo app which does a better job with HDR for the most part) are pretty comparable to the photos I take with my DSLR for the most part. The iPhone certainly takes great looking photos and each phone takes better images than the previous model. Here are some examples:

The second thing that stood out for me was just how much clean black and white images appeal to me in contrast to a common grainy effect you get when you apply many black and white presets to images. There are times when the grainy effect can add to the image but I tend to prefer minimal grain with stark contrasts in my black and white images if I can achieve that.

Little pink flowers - black and white

I like how most of these images came out. I used a combination of the No. 1┬áVSCO Film preset collection I have (I’m lusting for No. 4 – slide film) as well as more stylised presets I picked up along the way. I go through phases when I prefer the VSCO Film presets because they are much closer to actual colours and times when the stylised stuff just seems to work better. On a related note I notice that images published on 500px tend to emphasise the heavily edited and stylised images and they look beautiful. I’m just not sure whether I like that approach as a general rule although it is a matter of degrees once you started editing your images beyond some sort of quick auto-tone correction.

Here are some of my highlights from my photoset:

Not so easy shooting Jasmine

I spent some time shooting a Jasmine bush today and I found it tricky taking decent shots. My style seems to be pretty focused when it comes to flowers and Jasmine bushes are really busy plants to shoot.

I think I captured a couple good ones, at least photos I like. I’ll see how they come out when I process them.