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  1. June Queen of all Flowers - Roses

    13 May 2021
    The queen of all flowers, the rose,graces us with decadent blooms from early May into June.  June is the best time of year to see, enjoy and photograph all varieties of roses. In the Virginia, Maryland, DC area, there is an abundance of rose gardens to visit and enjoy. Many…

  2. Multiple Exposure

    12 May 2021
    Multiple exposure photography is a fun technique to add creativity to your images.   Layering one or more images to create one final image allows you to really showcase the subject, create impressionistic images, and express your subject creatively. All genres of photographers use multiple exposures, from portrait to street and…

  3. Raised Dahlia Bed

    02 May 2021
    Dahlia flowers are one of my all-time favorites to grow and photograph. This flower is unique; it is traced back to the time of the Aztecs, who used it for medicinal purposes. The plants were shared from New Mexico to Spain in the later 1700s where they were grown, and…

  4. Peonies

    20 Apr 2021
    The Peony is one stunning and robust flower! It has been around for 4,000 years and is appreciated in homes and gardens worldwide. Most plants can last 100 years. The plants were first seen in the eastern part of the world and spread as the members of royalty moved to…

  5. Patio Container Gardening

    13 Apr 2021
    I have a small patio in my backyard that I like to fill with container plants to enjoy from spring into the fall. Containers are a great way to add some additional plants to your outside space without having the expense or work of more extensive flower beds. There are…

  6. Blue flowers make a rare splash of color in your garden!

    11 Apr 2021
    The color blue is a favorite for most people. It is calming and associated with depth, stability, and peace. While the color is in our sky and waters, it is only ten percent of the world’s flowering plants. There is very little if any blue pigment in the entire plant…

  7. Bluebells of Virginia

    05 Apr 2021
    It is that time of year on the East Coast and in Virginia, where spring arrives, bringing the beauty of Cherry blossoms, spring Daffodils, and Bluebells. While the Cherry Blossoms take center stage in late March, the VA Bluebells in early April are not to be missed. A native…

  8. Creative Editing: Topaz Studio 2

    01 Apr 2021
    If I could paint, I would either be a watercolorist or an impressionist. I am drawn to the soft, dreamy colors and lack of structure. I also enjoy capturing both macro and landscape images with a shallow depth of field and then editing them to look like art. I typically…

  9. Creative Technique: Free Lensing

    01 Apr 2021
    Free Lensing is a great tool to capture a very shallow depth of field image. This process helps you create Images that are dreamy and ethereal. This technique may seem risky to some, but you can do it without harming your camera or lens if you practice.  This technique requires…

  10. Lessons from the Sea

    01 Apr 2021
    “The sea can do craziness; it can do smooth, it can lie down like silk breathing or toss havoc shoreward; it can give gifts or withhold all; it can rise, ebb, froth like an incoming frenzy of fountains, or it can sweet-talk entirely. As I can too, and so, no

  11. Creative techniques for spring images.

    17 Mar 2021
    Spring is here! I love this time of year. The colors in the gardens on the east coast are beginning to pop with color and new blooms in April. It is one of my favorite times of year to get out in the garden with my camera. Spring flowers are…

  12. The beauty of color!

    17 Mar 2021
    “Color was not given to us in order that we should imitate nature. It was given to us so that we can express our emotions.” Henri Matisse Color is a critical factor in telling a visual story. Color evokes emotions and brings an image to life. Decorators, film-makers, commercial designers,…

  13. Camellia - “Queen of Winter Flowers”

    10 Mar 2021
    For over 60 years, garden enthusiasts in Virginia have celebrated the Camellia. There are gardens across the state that have recognized this historical plant’s collections and celebrated its winter blooms.  I enjoy capturing the colorful blooms each spring in the gardens here in Washington, DC. The plant thrives from…

  14. Creative Spring Container Gardens

    08 Mar 2021
    April is a time to look forward to every year.  I enjoy preparing for outside planting, bringing out my flower boxes and pots, and thinking about what look I want to achieve this season.  The local garden centers will begin to set out their early shipments of spring plants. This…

  15. “Spring Rose”

    08 Mar 2021
    The Ranunculus is considered an almost perfect flower and just about everyone’s favorite. This flower has been a go-to flower for wedding and floral designers for many years. But it became even more popular when the grocery store chain Trader Joe’s started carrying them in stores each spring. Their papery…

  16. Beauty of Perennials

    01 Mar 2021
    I am from a long line of gardeners! My grandmother was an avid gardener of both vegetables and flowers. She had a green thumb and spent her free time nurturing her vegetable garden, flower beds, and visiting gardens or nurseries. She often won the “Yard of the Month” award due

  17. Mono No Aware: Appreciate the fleeting days of spring!

    28 Feb 2021
    Have you heard of the term Mono No Aware?  The concept originated in Japanese literature as early as the 1100s. During the 18th century, the idea spread through Japanese culture and became a tradition. The term means ” the pathos of things.” This term often implies sadness or a melancholy…

  18. Signs of Spring

    26 Feb 2021
    “Springtime is the land awakening. The March winds are the morning yawn.” — Lewis Grizzard. As the cold of winter starts to leave, we experience the new beginning of spring every year. When spring begins to arrive, we can see the buds appearing on trees, crocus flowers popping up from…

  19. Winter Rose

    25 Feb 2021
    “And there is a flower that strangely loves the bitterness of winter and blooms through the crystal of ice. It is the Christmas Rose, with a history worth telling…” The Christmas Rose, self-published by Arthur E. and Mildred V. Luedy (1948) Just as February is coming to an end,…

  20. Tell A Story With Composite Photography

    24 Feb 2021
    Do you admire composite images you see online? Do they appear daunting or way too complicated to create?  Let’s explore the styles of composite photography and then some tips to help you get started.  Composite photography is blending two or more images using an editing program like Photoshop. The composite…

  21. Master creating beautiful high key images.

    15 Feb 2021
    High Key photography is a style typically found in commercial and portrait photos. This method creates an image with a bright white background and little to no shadows present. The final images are creative and project a luminous, airy quality. When capturing flowers in a high-key manner, they almost become…

  22. Kick the winter blues! 10 at home photo projects to keep you inspired this winter.

    05 Feb 2021
    February is that time of year, where you are probably dreaming, wishing, and waiting for signs of spring - I know I am. We have also been in lockdown for almost a year.  For many of you, your camera may still be in its bag, collecting dust in the corner…

  23. Creative Editing - LAB Color Mode to Expand Color In Your Images

    03 Feb 2021
    To get started, let’s review a little about color spaces.  The standard color space used by digital cameras is the RGB color space (Red, Yellow, Green). The camera starts with these colors and mixes them to create the colors in the image. L-A-B color space defines color differently. It uses…

  24. Emotion of Color

    01 Feb 2021
    “Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.” - Claude Monet “Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions.” – Pablo Picasso “The chief function of color should be to serve expression.” – Henri Matisse These famous artists all had something in common, their use and love for color.…

  25. Creative Editing: LAB Color Inversion

    26 Jan 2021
    Simple steps for all skill levels! If you are looking to add a creative flair to an image shot with a white background, try this quick technique to invert the image creating a black background.   This creative technique works well for images shot with a lightbox, light-pad, or white background…

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