Category Archives: Floral

New Artwork for my Spring Collection

I’m still here, and I’m  still creating artwork, believe it or not! Life has been challenging with my husband’s busy schedule related to his doctoral program as well as his teaching and just regular life obstacles/obligations.

Here are some of my selections for my next collection. I still need to select a few more…which is easier said than done when one’s library is enormous.

I consider 17,000+ images from which to choose to be enormous, but maybe that’s just me. ;)

floral photos

©2014 Pamela Reynoso

 

I have a show coming up in the beginning of April and these prints were made early for it as I had to allow time for framing and any unforeseen problems. Unforeseen problems tend to arise, and arise they did!

What I find fun about these prints is that they are all photographed on the same day and at the same place- the Berkeley Rose Garden in Berkeley, CA. It is not uncommon when I go out to have only a handful of photos that I really like, and perhaps one or two from those initial picks will be fully edited and printed in proof form for further consideration. Here, I have a total of six that made the cut. It made me happy, indeed, and that day is certainly considered a success in my book. That day was also my 21st wedding anniversary, so I consider it a success in several ways! :)

Now- off I must go to dig in the archives and locate about four more candidates. Wish me luck!

~Pamela :)

P.S. – You will find me on Google+ helping to moderate the Landscape Photography community (Macro and Details). I also post regularly a wider variety of my images on my Pamela Reynoso Fine Art page on G+ as well.

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A Portrait of a Dahlia: Dancing in Black and White

I titled this photo ” A Portrait of a Dahlia: Dancing in Black and White” to address the two significant themes I saw. First, I love taking portraits of flowers and look for them wherever I go. You have to catch it at just the right moment as flowers bloom and fade in quick succession. Second, both the gentle fading light and the soft  turns of the petals reminded me of a elegant ballroom dance much like one would see if they watched a dance between Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers.

 

Dahlia macro photo in black and white

This particular Dahlia was located outside of the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. I was originally in the city for a photo walk. I enjoy taking part in them as it allows me to meet and get to know a variety of interesting people who share my love of all manner of photography. During lunch after the photo walk I spoke to a fellow photographer and she mentioned the Dahlias and told me roughly where they were.

From that point forward, I was on a mission to find these beautiful flowers.

When I travel a fair distance, I do so with all the gear necessary for what I am generally drawn to photograph because I never know what opportunities will come my way, so I was very glad to have my tripod and other needed  items with me.

After a little hunting, and asking for directions, we found the Dahlias. I was in heaven (and perhaps also in a state of sensory overload). I could not believe my good fortune! My husband who is my travel companion knew the rest of the day was shot, so to speak. ;)

On this day I was blessed with the gentle light of the late afternoon and a fabulous overcast sky which made floral photography so much easier. Be on the lookout  for more Dahlias in the coming weeks!

May you always be surrounded by beauty,

~Pamela :)

Prints and licensing of images are always available.

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Beauty is…??

I love how in the world of flowers, beauty and imperfection can co-exist in such a comfortable manner. Actually, I guess it’s that way in all of life. Without ‘imperfection’, can one really know beauty? And what is beauty anyways?

The eye of the beholder holds the answer.

 

fine art red rose macro photo

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Floral Fine Art Prints- Living Large!

I have anxiously awaited a shipment of photos. A 26 lb, or so, shipment.

 

Have you ever received 26 pounds of photos?

 

Yeah- neither have I. I was excited. And nervous.

Did I mention I was excited??!

Have you ever heard the saying “Go big or go home”? Today I have an altogether new appreciation towards the application of that saying in my life.

Perhaps this photo will help explain my excitement?:

Large Floral Prints, flowers

 

I was so excited to pull these out of the box that I have not even looked at my 8×12 photos. Perhaps I should? In fact, I was so excited I could not wait until these large ones were framed to take their proper group photo. ;)

I had wanted to get some images printed large for a while, but with a move and a lot of changes in the last year, that desire took a back seat. A few months back my husband, who is a painter, and I were approached about the idea of having a joint show this September. Now, I’m very accustomed to my husband having shows and supporting him through the process. This? This is all new territory for me, personally. Now my husband is returning the support. In spades. He’s always been my biggest source of encouragement. I’m so very blessed!

(Don’t tell him this, but I kinda feel like I cheated…he’s the super talented artist with the respected art degree. Me? I’ve just been hanging around with him since our high school art class.)

My work encompasses more than floral fine art prints, but they have tranquility and beauty about them that I just can’t escape.

When winter encompasses the landscape and the flowers are no more, these images will help to keep spring in my heart as I imagine sitting in the warm sunshine which gives them life.

 

 

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A Fourth of July Tangent

Today I am taking a slight Fourth of July tangent and sharing a recent photo from San Francisco.

Happy 4th of July! I am thankful for the freedom we have and think of those who are hoping for theirs and those who gave anc continue to give so that others may benefit.

So this isn’t your typical 4th photo. I considered looking for an image on Google Images, and then I thought…I’m sure I have a photo or two with our flag in it.

This is one of my favorites from a recent trip into San Francisco. I just love this scene. It has flowers, architecture, fun reflections, and sleek elevated walkways. The bonus? It has not one, but TWO American flags.

I get a brownie for that, right? ;)

May you have a great day celebrating with family and friends! I’m looking forward to photographing fireworks later for the first time. :)

San Francisco garden photo American flag

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As Easter Fades… a macro photo of an Easter Lily

That I have an affinity for floral photography can’t be missed…by anyone. ;)

Flowers draw me in via their quiet beauty, elegant curves and profusion of colors. I am a self-proclaimed sucker for color. I have seen floral photos turned to black and white which I really like, but I have been unable as of yet to actually show any photos I have processed that way. Nothing speaks to me quite like the vibrancy of color, line, and the intersection of the two. No two flowers are alike, so the potential is endless. ~happy dance~

Easter, to me, represents hope, joy, and a newness of life. I have spent the last few days photographing Easter Lily’s as they are in bloom everywhere.  I enjoy their elegant trumpet shape, the play of the yellow stamen against the winter white of their petals…and their heavenly fragrance. I will warn you- after a few hours photographing in close proximity when two or more flowers are opened… the fragrance becomes quite heady and intoxicating! Continue reading »

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It’s all about the light…a simple fine art photography studio set-up

Generally, when I’m seeking to photograph flowers and nature with fine art photography prints in mind, I shoot as I go. In other words, I do not shoot in a studio. I observe things as I go and I try to find those still moments in nature that might otherwise be obscured by the bigger picture. I try to practice the art of really seeing, trying to find the little, beautiful gems. Life is that way. I find it is composed of many gems hidden amongst the riff-raff of day to day living, the trick can be in finding them and then savoring them. It does not come easily and it takes a lot of practice. At least it does for me. It’s a way of thinking, a way of being. As with many things in life, one never fully arrives…

A few weeks back I bought some flowers for a personal photography project.I bought several varieties as I was unsure which idea I would settle on. I’m a woman and I like to have a choice! Variety is the spice of life, after all. :) Spring is just beginning here so finding flowers in their natural environment did not provide me with enough choices, or the right kind of options that I was looking for. Additionally, where my last backyard had many possibilities of things to photograph, I currently have a minuscule side yard with little in it.

Below is the simple set up I concocted in my dining room (photo taken with my iPhone). Continue reading »

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A Red Rose: “My love is not perfect…”

My Love Is Not Perfect…

This morning my wonderful husband ran to the store to get milk for the house before he left town as he will have the car all day. He took advantage of the opportunity and picked up a few things for the kids so they would have something when they arrived home from school (we are holiday slackers, I’m afraid).  When he returned he surprised me with some beautiful red roses. I adore flowers. :) Not only do they make me happy just looking at them, but they are instant fodder for new photos. I love making new images more than I love chocolate, even more than I adore brownies, and I think brownies are a food of the gods. :)
As soon as my husband left, I fed the 4yo, pulled out my camera and tripod and set to work. Breakfast could wait. Continue reading »

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A Re-Deux for a good cause- the Plus One Collection 2012

The following is my submission for the  PlusOneCollection 2012  as it is my top image from 2012 with a touch of additional editing.  The PlusOne Collection is a yearly fundraising charity campaign, where photographers on Google+ donate images for a worthy cause. This year the beneficiaries are to be the Kenyan Maasai people group. The collection is curated and only select images will be chosen out of hundreds submitted. I’m hoping this will be one of them. :) Continue reading »

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The Defining Tulip

In between our second and third children our family moved to New York City for my husband’s undergraduate and graduate Fine Art education. NYC is a fantastic place to live for anyone interested in either fine or performing arts. Time spent with my husband visiting galleries and museums and being totally immersed in the creative realm were some of my favorite activities. They were not, however, without some tension, I must admit. My husband would constantly gravitate towards the paintings and sculpture galleries whereas I’d gravitate towards the photography displays, dragging him begrudgingly behind me.

In relation to my photography, one day stands out to me above all others- the day my passion was ignited. I was leaving Prospect Park in Brooklyn with my three children (no, not on the ritzy end!) and we stopped to look at a bed of red tulips that beckoned us. I adore tulips and they were a novelty to me as they did not grow readily in the climate of my childhood. I immediately noticed a tulip that was not only red- it was also half yellow. I had never seen such a thing! My older two children begged me to take a picture. I said no at first because, well, I didn’t want to look like a tourist. ~smile~ But, they were insistent and I finally relented.  That photograph, though not perfect nor even composed well, found its way into a frame rather quickly and today hangs in my kitchen. It was at that point that the mundane ritual of recording our family’s daily events took a turn towards the passionate. I now recognize it as my defining moment. Continue reading »

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