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Blog #145 Flower Power Project

Updated: Mar 7, 2019

Blog #145 Flower Power Project


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In this week’s blog post, I want to share an idea for a project.


Photographers LIVE for projects, no?



First a comment on the “series”. I enjoy making series of images and have done so in the past on many occasions. I have made series of many subjects including: birds, street signs, cars, shadows, dogs, taxis, all types of random stuff out and about. I live in a very urban part of Hong Kong so these are the stuff of my surroundings…easy picking in other words. These are ongoing collections that I keep in separate folders in Lightroom and add to them once in a while. The challenge is to refine a collection of images so that it becomes different enough but all centred around a common theme or subject.


Recently I was in the Philippines over the winter holiday and was out in the countryside at a farm sort of place. The diversity of tropical flowers on this compound with quite striking. It was hard to miss, frankly. With just enough time to dilly dally and with my trusty Fujifilm mirrorless swinging from my neck, I walked around a took a series of pictures.


I didn’t stop there. Upon arriving home and letting the images “marinate” in Lightroom and my hard drive for a month or so, I re-examined the collection.


[ FRAMES ]


Frames! This is what the series needed to evolve into a project. You see, in my view, a series is just a collection of images tied together through the subject. A project, however, has a higher purpose, a reason for existing. In this case, it was to develop a number of different frames for the flower pictures. I have included some samples below.


I played with the “PRINT” Module settings in Lightroom to construct Single, Diptych, Triptych, and various framing configurations. Try to “float” the image within the frame with a large border. Place it high, place it low, place it off centre. There are no rules. Do what you think looks cool. Change the colour of matte. Change the color of the frame. Amaze, surprise, WOW your friends. Dare to be different. Print and frame these and give them away like candy.


Somewhere is has been written that “By giving, you shall receive”.


The light is always right.


JHG


*Images: © Limelight Limited

Where: Somewhere outside of Iloilo City, Philippines

Subject: Tropical Flowers

Gear: Fujifilm Mirrorless X-E3 + 18-55mm f/2.8-4.0 XF OIS R Zoom Lens


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