This week I’m featuring four art prints of orchid blooms that I have created using totally different styles. I like each and everyone, but for entirely different reasons. I’m curious for feedback regarding your impressions.
The first one I created using a very shape defined approach as it relates to shape and outlines.
The second one I created using a sketching technique.
For the third one, I used a technique where the watercolor is brushed like puffy clouds and then the drawn blooms are used as an overlay.
The fourth and final one, I created using a pastel chalk technique.
Considering the state of affairs on our planet, I thought it would be nice to do a post to visually brighten your day. Being confined to our house there is only so much photography I can do, so this week I started going back through my archive files dating back to 2013. I came across an orchid bloom shoot I did of our neighbors orchids. I started playing with some digital effects on the shoot and narrowed a file of 50 shots down to the attached 5. Enjoy, take care of yourself, family and friends and together we will get through this!!
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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 2
Red Veined Orchid 3
Red Veined Orchid 4
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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