Flowers | {1500 Miles, 1 Image}

 

I love all flowers, but tulips are probably my favorite. I love how beautifully simple they are and the wide variety of colors they come in. I would love to have some in my garden, when/if we live somewhere where they can grow. They are a beautiful sign of spring.

Flowers are my second favorite subject to photograph after my daughter. They are always patient with me and I love photographing them and experimenting in my post processing.

(I prefer this image flipped vertically, which isn’t something I do often, and didn’t work for the featured image.)

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Melisa is probably happy to have some flowers in her life after the long winter she has had! Her post can be found here.

Nature on Film | {The Serenity Project}

I recently shot a roll of Provia 100F. This is a stock that doesn’t have much latitude when it comes to exposure (i.e. it needs to be exposed very carefully). I had never shot this stock before and I was a bit nervous! It’s more expensive to process and it’s easy to make exposure mistakes. Typically I overexpose film slightly because  most  film tends to be very forgiving when it comes to overexposure. In other words, film loves light.

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I was pleasantly surprised when I got the scans back, especially the images of nature. These were taken around San Antonio, mostly at the Botanical Garden. All of these were taken with my Velvet 56, which I had also never used on my film camera (this was, apparently, a bit of an experimental roll!)

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I love shooting film because it forces me to slow down. I have to be very mindful and careful.

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I also like the unknown aspect of it, the little surprises. You don’t  know what your images will be until you get the scans back, which can take a while, especially if you don’t shoot film often! Depending on my mood, a roll of film can sit in my camera for weeks or months.April 11, 2018-98194EMcri040512-R1-004

For me, this  is another advantage to shooting film-when you get the scans back, you have a chance to revisit those moments, some of which might have happened weeks or months ago. It’s a like a little gift to myself.

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I don’t shoot a lot of film, and I’m not always happy with my images when I do. But when it works, it works. And it makes me very happy. There is something quiet and gentle about it.

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The tones are calming, the process is mindful. It’s a chance to take your time, to practice patience. How often do we get those opportunities in this hectic life?

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The Serenity Project is a collaborative photography project. Photographers who participate hope to bring a sense of calmness and peace to their monthly images. Please continue the circle with Wendy May Photography to see what brought her some serenity this month.

 

Green | {1500 Miles, 1 Image}

Green is one of my favorite colors.  To me, it’s a calming and refreshing color. I even have emeralds in my wedding band!

Green is starting to show up all over the place here in Texas at the moment. Spring is in the air! We have had a lot of rain and gray days this winter, so it’s nice to see some color again.

I don’t think Melisa has been seeing much green in her area unfortunately, at least not the springtime kind! Click here to see where she found some green tones this week.

Tiny Worlds | {The Serenity Project}

Wherever we live, our family has always joined the Botanical Gardens. I love having a membership because we can visit whenever we want, and spend as little or as much time as we want there each visit.

We visited last weekend and had the place to ourselves! What a treat on a weekend! Yes, it was a little chilly, but not too awful. It was a little breezy and overcast, but still a beautiful day for a walk.  It was such a lovely morning, with the people I love most in the world.

I brought my macro lens with me this time. Usually at the gardens, I try to take many photos of my daughter, but this time I really wanted to focus on macro. Turns out when my attention is directed somewhere else, she ASKS me to take photos of her! So I took  a couple. But most of my photos that day were macro images. It’s so fascinating what we see when we take a closer look at the world! This isn’t a season of blooming flowers or beautiful leaves; everything is pretty brown. But still, tiny treasures could be found everywhere. This is one thing I love about photography in general and macro specifically–it forces us to take a closer look at the world, and to see possibilities around us.

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And one of my daughter, finding some serenity!

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The Serenity Project is a collaborative photography project. The participating photographers aim to capture a sense of peace and calm with their imagery. Please head over to Wendy May – Scottish Photographer to see what brought her some serenity this month.