Spring In Bloom

Dandeion Timeclocks

On a typical Sunday trip to the in-laws back in May. One of those days where we actually thought we might get some summer weather this year I had decided to take my camera with me and capture some photos along the way.

Haven’t had a lot of time lately to collate all the photos that I have taken recently from my various mini photo excursions. Thought it was about time that I should post these one up, only 2 months late.

Anyway the May sunshine highlighted the beauty of the surrounding plant life, encouraging me to capture some of it. Although Dandelions are weeds I still think that they look quite nice especially when they mature into the spherical seed heads that you can see in my shots above.

As I develop my photography I am finding that I quite enjoy botanical photography. As much as enjoying photography other subjects, there is a relaxation quality to this subject.

I do think there are probably very few subjects that I would get bored photographing if I’m honest. Some subjects seem to suit different moods.

Honey to the Bee

The third and final photo blog entry for today, again following on from the previous two posts. The Sheffield Botanical Gardens provided me with more inspiration this time in the form of insects as well as the flowers.

Combine lots of flowers with warm sunny July weather and you will almost certainly see bee’s. This was no exception, so tried some macro photography to capture the winged honey makers as they hovered and collected their nectar.
It took ages to get some of these shots as you really need to have patience when trying to photograph insects. There was an abundance of wasps and bees, trying to get the right shot at the right moment was painstaking.
I think the patience paid off eventually as I am quite pleased with the shots that I did manage to capture.

Botanical

Continuing on from the previous blog entry about the Sheffield Botanical Gardens. I managed to get lots of shots of various flowers and plants. This isn’t normally my favourite subject to photograph, although there were so many different colours and shapes that captured my interest in the summer sun.

These red flowers I will be honest I have no idea what they are or what they are called. I loved the contrast of the deep red against the yellows and greens.

This yellow flower caught my eye, the pure intensity of the colours in the gardens were amazing. Would be a great location to go back to for a portrait shoot as well.

Just looking back at these photos taken back in July reminds me of the hot sunny weather and makes me feel all summery again. I’m sure the winter season will bring lots of photographic opportunities and inspiration my way, I do still prefer summer.

This one flower I did manage to find out the name of “Globe Thistle” intrigued me. I captured various shots of these flowers. There are some more to be posted in the third and final post to come in this series. Where I have captured them with some of the wildlife.

I have uploaded some of these shots to the online store so they can be purchased as prints. They should be published to purchased within the next 12 hours.

Claire

I had my first proper model shoot on Wednesday with Claire, I was so nervous. Partly because it was my first model shoot, but also because I had never met Claire before. I’m not the best when it comes to meeting new people.I had looked at Claire’s website before we worked together when we were arranging her shoot. She seemed really professional, which on the one hand was great, but on the other it made me worry that she would be too professional for someone just starting out like myself. That she would think that my photography was not good enough. Anyway I had decided that we would do an outdoor shoot, that way it was relaxed for both of us. We had both decided that we would do the shoot at the Duthie Park as it was easy to get to and would provide us with some interesting backdrops for the shoot.

I should not have worried at all, she was one of the most down-to-earth people that I have ever met. She made my first model shoot seem so effortless. She was very professional but very friendly at the same time. She came prepared with a few outfit changes which made it easy to try different styles. Although I didn’t have to give much direction she was willing to listen to my ideas as well as in put her own.

Luckily we got good weather on the day for an outdoor shoot. One beauty of the Duthie Park is that its so big and so many different features it made coming up with new ideas for shots and styles easy. We also made use of the indoor winter gardens as well. We managed to achieve a few different styles that worked quite well together.

For my very first model shoot I have to say that it went very well, though I do say so myself. I am very pleased with the shots that I got from it, they will add nicely to my portfolio. If I ever doubted myself that I could do this, then this is the proof that I can make my photography work and that it is appreciated by other people and not just myself.

I definitely would like to work with Claire again sometime on future shoots. Hopefully this is the start of many portrait shoots to come.

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