I was nominated by a fellow blogger, Stella of Giggles & Tales, for a 7-Day Nature Photo Challenge. Stella’s blog is always full of interesting posts, which are a blend of poetry, photography and perspectives on the world around her. Go check her blog out!!
In this second post in the series, let’s celebrate the Vernal Equinox!! Yeah, it’s Spring in the Northern Hemisphere (don’t forget to say hi to Autumn in the Southern Hemisphere).
Today’s nature photo is one of my favorite flowers, the Daffodil. Their design makes for such an inviting, pleasant flower, calling all pollinators to come in from the breeze.
In terms of color varieties, I prefer the yellow-petalled with the slightly orange trumpet over the white-petalled or overly ostentatious orange trumpets.
Which varieties do you like best?
This is an iPhone 5S generated image using the standard Camera app and minor tweaks with Instagram.
Post a #naturephoto every day and nominate another blogger for this challenge.
The challenge of nominating a fellow blogger… Aspire To Amble‘s Kia runs a blog filled with tales of travels all over the world. Go check out this talented photographer’s blog! If she accepts this challenge, I look forward to the results!
A Fresh Perspective
Photography is more than just a vehicle for capturing the world around me; it provides me with a palette and a set of brushes, with which I paint not only what I see, but also look to express the emotions that are evoked by the scene in front of me in that moment.
Growing up in the Netherlands exposed me to a wide cross-section of visual arts that laid the foundation of my photographic view of all that surrounds me. Early influences were the Dutch Masters of the 17th century, to whom I was introduced by my grandfather during museum explorations; favorites among them are the scenes of quotidian life depicted by Jan Steen and Frans Hals and the vivid landscapes of Jacob van Ruisdael.
My classical high school education was supplemented by the Boijmans Van Beuningen museum, where I spent many a lunch hour exploring its great collection. Here I was introduced to surrealism with a particular love for the approach taken by Salvador Dali; Dali also rekindled my appreciation for the work of Hieronymus Bosch, who often showed the folly of us mortals.
My approach to any photographic subject is to look for understanding first; in this I look to establish either a connection between the viewer and the subject or capture the connection of the subject with its surroundings. The captured image then aims to portray this connection from a perspective that is part of my personal interpretation.
This interpretation is often a form of externalized introspection, which may alternately display the connection of isolated beings and items with their environment or highlight the whimsy of the profound world, in which we find ourselves. The universe is full of connections, many of which are waiting to be discovered; part of my journey as a photographer is to document these connections.
Any assignment, be it an event, a product shoot or a portrait session is always approached through communication with the client; this is where the first connection is established. Ideas are exchanged and a collaborative plan of action forms, ultimately resulting in a set of images that aim to exceed the expectations of each client.
And, lest we forget, it is important to have fun while practicing the serious business of photography!
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9 thoughts on “7 Day Nature Challenge – pt 2”
The daffodil is one of my favorite flowers too. Beautiful.
Beautiful flowers , lovely shot and takes me back to Wordsworth ….such jocund company!
Thank you so much! Wordsworth is ready for some Spring cheer!
..and so am I !
I love the ‘traditional’ yellow daffodils too. I have some with a peach trumpet, they’re very pretty but the yellow’s are still the best. Daffodils are the true indicator that spring is here. Hurrah!
I agree that they are the Spring tide!
With the Daffy’s comes the spring in all of us.
I like all daffodils 🙂 but we won’t see them here until round mid-April!