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.
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,
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