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Territorial Rose Garden: Prescott, Arizona – Excerpts From A Photo Shoot

This is the third and last post in a series about a weekend getaway my wife and I did to Prescott, Arizona in late October. The series has focused on our visit to the Sharlot Hall Museum. In the first blog, I included some shots of the log buildings that are on the grounds of the museum and the second blog focused on shots I took inside some of those log structures. This last post is of the Territorial Rose Garden on the grounds. The garden was originally planted in 1948 on the south side of the Governor’s Mansion. In 1974, it was moved to its current location on the north side of the Governor’s Mansion where it can be seen from the street. We were fortunate in capturing the garden at its peak for the season as we head further into fall and winter.

Territorial Rose Garden

Territorial Rose Garden


Enjoy these macro shots of stunning blooms from a beautiful rose garden.

Arizona Territorial Rose Garden - Yellow

Arizona Territorial Rose Garden – Yellow

Arizona Territorial Rose Garden - Red

Arizona Territorial Rose Garden – Red

Arizona Territorial Rose Garden - Purple

Arizona Territorial Rose Garden – Purple

Arizona Territorial Rose Garden - Pink

Arizona Territorial Rose Garden – Pink

Arizona Territorial Rose Garden - Pink Bud

Arizona Territorial Rose Garden – Pink Bud

Arizona Territorial Rose Garden - Pink and Orange

Arizona Territorial Rose Garden – Pink and Orange

Arizona Territorial Rose Garden - Orange

Arizona Territorial Rose Garden – Orange

Arizona Territorial Rose Garden - Orange Bud

Arizona Territorial Rose Garden – Orange Bud

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Red Poppies – Featured Art Prints

Today’s featured art prints are very simplistic, yet bold. The two prints are titled “Red Poppies” and “Red Poppy” (talk about a stretch for the names).

There are three basic elements to these prints, each important for the final look. The first element is texture. I created these two prints using a technique with large, bold brush strokes. The second element is the background. Using a dark background allows the flowers to dominate the print. The third element is the color red.  Red is a strong color and creates a bold look. Again, simplistic, yet bold.

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Fauvism in Flower Blooms – Featured Art Prints

I wanted to share a couple of prints that I just added to my Foral/Still Life Gallery. Both are flower blooms and both are done using a Fauvism style of presentation. Fauvism was introduced to the art world around 1900 and the formal movement lasted only a few years, but the style that was introduced has been copied and integrated into other styles, keeping the concept alive. The elements involved are surreal colors and abstract shapes and presentation styles. I like this particular type of art as it creates a type of abstract art that is colorful, edgy and whimsical. That type of combination is usually not correlated with each other, but my thought is that the more abstract shapes of the subject create an edgy look, yet the surreal colors create a fun whimsical visual experience. I have spent a fair amount of time trying to mimic the look in many of my prints and here are two examples.

The first print is an orange hibiscus bloom. Simple enough, yet I integrated a bold level of yellow to accent the orange in the bloom. Also notice the vivid blue (almost purple) in the background.

The second art print is of a yellow orchid bloom. Again, I saturated the yellow color and exaggerated the veining in the bloom, creating a bright cheerful art print.

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Black and White Floral Blooms – Featured Art Prints

I have a penchant for black and white photography. I am drawn to it and have often wondered why. I finally realized what it was a few years ago. Good black and white photography highlights certain elements more than color photography. These elements are shapes, contrast, texture and lighting. We see these same things in a normal color shot, but in a black and white capture, they are highlighted because there isn’t any color to distract. Because of that, only certain captures work successfully in black and white.

I’ve attached a series of six prints from my Black and White Photography 2 Gallery that highlight this aspect. The subject matter is floral blooms. We are drawn to flowers initially by their color, but we appreciate the beauty of them via shapes and textures that take center stage in a B&W format. Following are six wall art prints that work very well as black and white photographs.

The first one is called Camellia. With this particular capture, I  used a filter that gives the print a grainy look, creating a vintage feel. Notice how the shape of each petal becomes a prominent factor. You also see subtle shading on each petal with a stronger lighting coming from the upper right (taken outdoors with sunlight).

The second one I’ve titled Orchid Pyramid. It is almost a complete opposite in relationship to lighting. These blooms were taken using a shadow box, which diffuses the lighting creating a soft, subtle look. Again, the other elements take center stage such as the shapes of the petals and the contrast of the center of each bloom with the other petals.

The third print is titled Orchid Blooms and is a series of blossoms on a stem using indirect lighting coming from a window. You see the strong light as it makes the middle bloom almost glow. Notice the delicate shapes and the intricate veins of each petal.

Prints 4-6 take us into the world of roses. These particular shots come from a public garden in Portland, Oregon. The rose bushes were over 5 feet tall with huge blooms (very healthy, happy plants).

The fourth print is called Rose Bud and highlights the strong lighting, which emphasizes the shapes of the petals in this rose bud. See the contrast in texture between the delicate petals and the leaves and branch?

The fifth print I’ve titled Rose Blossom and it allows the viewer to really see how delicate the petals are and the intricacies of their shapes wrapped around each other. The lighting is a little more subdued, allowing the shapes to become center stage.

The last one is titled Red Rose Bloom. It highlights the beauty and the delicate nature of the rose petals. The shading you see in the B&W version allows your eye to really see the delicate simplistic nature of the many petals entwined together to form this bloom.

Do you see the way the shapes, contrast, texture and lighting become much more relative to this type of photography? I also think the beauty of fine art black and white photography is that these prints, when framed and matted work in almost any type of room décor. Thoughts?

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Red Veined Orchid Blooms – Excerpts from a Photo Shoot

This week’s photo shoot circles back to simplicity in subject matter and in a photo shoot itself. I look at opportunities as they present themselves and then grab my camera. The orchid blooms in this weeks pictures are on a plant that was given to my wife last month from my sister as a birthday gift. My sister knows how my wife loves orchids and also knew she didn’t have any blooming at this time. My wife placed the plant in our dining room to add some color.

I have been looking at this plant for a month now and find the coloring very unique. I keep thinking I should do some macro shots, but haven’t found the time to get my light box out to take shots in a controlled environment (lighting and background). Today, the way the light was coming in through the blinds on the window behind the plant caught my attention. I went and got my camera and have attached 5 shots for what was a quick and easy photo shoot.

Red Veined Orchid 1

Red Veined Orchid 1

Red Veined Orchid 2

Red Veined Orchid 2

Red Veined Orchid 3

Red Veined Orchid 3

Red Veined Orchid 4

Red Veined Orchid 4

Red Veined Orchid 5

Red Veined Orchid 5

I really like macro flower blooms for art prints where the lighting is directional and the background is either white or black. I think of it as simplicity in the visual experience of art prints. Today I decided I wasn’t going to go to all that trouble and kept the lighting the way it was and didn’t move anything in the background. I think the horizontal slats of the blinds added a linear contrast to the delicate shapes of the blooms. The result accents the shear beauty of these particular blooms. The shoot lasted all of 5 minutes. I shot from various angles without disturbing the plant or adjusting the lighting. This is simplicity in subject matter and in the shoot itself. Thoughts?

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Rose Bud – Happy New Year

 

Rose Bud

Rose Bud

The bud of a rose symbolizes the beginning of something new and beautiful as it matures into a rose bloom. May the New Year be that rose bud for you!! With a heartfelt thanks to all of you that take the time to look at my blog and follow my photography and art print journey! May your New Year be filled with Joy, Peace and Happiness! Thank you very much – Kirt

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Calla Lily – Featured Art Print

My featured Art Print this week is “Calla Lily” done in black and white from my Black and White Photography Two Gallery.

I love the simplicity and elegance of their bloom. When we lived in San Diego, we had a couple of “groups” of calla lilies scattered throughout our flower garden area. They would bloom proficiently in the winter months with the cooler temperate climate along the coastal regains of Southern California. The winter before we moved, I had this one loner pop up in an area of the garden where I didn’t think I had any winter flowers. A small leaf popped up and then this tall elegant bloom all by itself.

I love the calla lily in black and white. It highlights the shape and purity of the white bloom. In this shot you can see great detail even down to the minor imperfections on the blossom itself. That is what I love about this particular shot. Notice also in the background, you get a hint of some sort of back drop…it’s a fence and notice there isn’t anything else…this bloom was truly standing by itself all alone. Thoughts?

 

 

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Candy Cane Rose Bud – Featured Art Print

To finish the week as a feature from my Floral/Still Life Collection is “Candy Cane Rose Bud”. As the name suggests, this really is the name of the rose plant. The coloring of the flower is so unique and delicate in its appearance. To support that look, I used a simple watercolor technique that creates softness in the shape and colors of this single rose bud. I outlined some of the detail, but not all and pushed the background into suggestive shapes and shades of green to keep this simple flower bud center stage. A rose-tree we had on our patio that produced these beautiful buds inspires it. Thoughts?

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Red Bird of Paradise – Excerpts from a Photo Shoot

Each week I share some shots from a photo shoot. Sometimes the shots are really good and sometimes not so good. I try to give you the good, bad and ugly from the shoot, because frankly when you shoot 30 –  40 pictures, all of them aren’t going to turn out stunning. This week’s share is the exception, I really had a hard time because all of the shots I did on this shoot came out beautiful. Really, Kirt…beautiful?? Yes, beautiful!! I did this shoot last year at this same time of year at my mother-in-law’s house. She was hosting us while we were house hunting in the Phoenix area.  I narrowed it down to five that I thought highlighted the beauty of this plant. The Red Bird of Paradise (that is the correct name for the red blooming plant, but most people around here call this the Mexican Bird of Paradise which is technically a yellow blooming plant slightly different…just a disclaimer) is  just coming into its own this time of year. Our spring blooms are gone and we are now in the trenches of summer in the desert. This is the time of year where we have temperatures just below 110 F every day with plenty of sunshine. While this begins to take its toll on a number of flowering plants, this species has spent all spring quickly growing into  bushes and are now starting to bloom (sensitive to frost and going dormant during the winter, they grow very quickly into 3 ft tall bushes packed with blooms).  Enjoy the beauty of the desert…..

Red Bird of Paradise 1

Red Bird of Paradise 1

To give you a perspective of the bush size…..and yes this shot could use some cropping, but the plant’s still beautiful 🙂

Red Bird of Paradise 2

Red Bird of Paradise 2

Red Bird of Paradise 3

Red Bird of Paradise 3

Red Bird of Paradise 4

Red Bird of Paradise 4

Red Bird of Paradise 5

Red Bird of Paradise 5

Beautiful plant isn’t it? Adds a strong touch of color to the desert landscaping. Thoughts?

 

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