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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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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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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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‘Haven’ a white rose with shades of eternity

 

Haven   © Pamela Reynoso 2012

 

A dear friend (78 yo)  passed away less than 24 hours before I edited this photo from his second battle with cancer. He was a fabulous friend and always a source of encouragement and hands-on-help when at all possible. When anyone needed help, be it extra hands or getting cargo of any sort from point ‘A’ to point ‘B’ in NYC, he and his big red Ford truck were at the ready, even if it required re-arranging his schedule. Everyone learned *very* quickly to never, EVER call his vehicle a ‘car’ or else they’d be swiftly set straight! :)

I think Walt and his trusty truck helped our family move no less than 5 times as well as helping we pedestrians with numerous airport runs and anything requiring a vehicle in day to day life in the big city. Walt was the last person to leave our sides, I think it was at least 10PM,  as we were loading up and leaving NYC  on our move back to CA.

There is a subtle, unseen and inescapable, thread in my life that will forever remind me of  Walt, beyond the wonderful, giving person he was. He shared the same birthday as my sister (which also marks the day my dear Mother-In-Law lost her second battle with cancer) and his funeral took place the day before my own birthday (12/10, which is also the day my MIL was first officially diagnosed with cancer).

Walt signed every written communication with “In HIS Grip-” and now he rests, ever in His presence. I am certain Walt heard the phrase “Well done!” as a good a faithful servant.

I have no doubt the courts of heaven are rejoicing at Walt’s presence! We who are left are wiping our tears… and cherishing dear memories.

 

This is titled ‘Haven’, in remembrance of Walt. The pure white rose is lit perfectly to reflect the true nature of the flower just as Christ’s light lit Walt and shone through him and his unceasing acts of  love and service  towards others.

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Center Stage- day lily

This photo of a lily, titled Center Stage,  is one of my favorites. All that was needed to discover this beauty was to walk out into my backyard. I find it amazing that there is no dog nose in the photo as my dog thinks he must be mere inches from me at all times! I must tell you that I do not naturally lean towards orange or oranges, that is unless, of course,  they are of the eating kind. :)

I have grown to love the oranges found in nature, and especially in the lily and other such flowers,  for their vibrancy and the life they impart to any scene. I love how the orange in this image plays off of the deep green in the background and even the deep brown in the flower’s pistils. The pistils and even the shading of orange add touches of elegance as does the intricate detail of the pollen granules.

As we edge into winter, may this photo add warmth to your day and joy to your heart as you anticipate the arrival of the warm spring sun.

Enjoy!

 

 

~Pamela~ :)

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