Archives for the month of: May, 2015

IMG_2550The rule of thirds (that rule about putting the focal point of a photo in the intersections of the image broken into thirds vertically and horizontal) is usually the best use of space in botanical photography. The photo above is a good example. The very center of the flower is in the intersect point. Imagine if the flower were in the center of the image. Would the photo be as interesting?

IMG_2551For this photo, I decided to make the focal point the upper left corner of the flower’s center. Since this is a closer shot, simply placing the center of the flower in the intersect points would have thrown the flower too far to the left.

Of course, I don’t always use rule of thirds, very few photographers do all the time. It is a good practice to begin. If your camera has built-in gridlines on the viewfinder, turn them on. They help.

Keep shooting 🙂


My newest iPad app acquisition is Repix, a photo manipulation app that offers great ways to give pictures an artistic look.  Before  After I applied the drip tool to the entire photo.

Here is another one: Before  After I applied the rain drops tool.

This is my favorite profile picture before: 


  After I applied the flare tool everywhere but on the camera. I like the way it makes the camera look magical.

There are several other cool features in this app and the best thing about it is it’s free in the App Store.


One of my hobbies is floral design. I use what I have around my garden and display the flowers on my dining room table.


I often share the arrangements on my gardening blog, which means that I have to photograph them. There are other reasons you may want to visually record your floral arrangements. You may want to have a record of them for future reference or, if you really do a good job in arranging and photographing, you can use the pictures for greeting cards, as I have done in the past.


There is an art to photographing floral arrangements. They must be set up like a still life and lighting and exposure are very important.


I like to place my floral arrangements against a neutral background and usually I will put something else in the shot. Most of the time, I take pictures of the arrangement as a whole and then take some close ups for detail.


I mounted my camera on a tripod for this shot. I wanted the ISO to be 100 so the quality is really good, and I knew that the shutter speed would be slow with the low ISO. I set the F-stop on 5.6 and attached a remote shutter release. While the shutter was open, I spot flashed a couple of areas of the scene.


Hope this helps. Photographing your arrangements is almost as much fun as making them. Enjoy 🙂

I have found another great I phone/I pad app for photo manipulation. Afterlight is well worth the $1.99 cost. There are so many combinations of manipulations, I only began to explore and had saved several combinations in my favorites.
Check it out.


If you have read this blog very many times at all, you know that I live in Central Kentucky, home of some of the most beautiful horse farms in the world. My plans are to introduce readers to a few of those farms while I am on hiatus from school this summer. I share pictures of farms frequently, mostly taken from the road. Since my husband and son are interested in touring horse farms, my plan is to actually take part in some tours and snap a lot of pictures.


I do some freelance submissions to the tourism cabinet and plan on using many of the shots for that. I will, of course,  share the pictures in this blog, in hopes of inspiring someone to visit Kentucky. If you are interested in visiting, here is a link for the tourism cabinet’s website. This link is for the website specific to the Bluegrass area.


This state has a lot of great photo opportunities. Hope you will agree. 🙂


Senior pictures of boys are a little different from those of girls. Boys are typically not as comfortable in front of the camera and it shows in the way they pose. Giving them a place to lean helps.


This subject liked the way the iron gates looked in a couple of locations we used.


The main problem that most guys have is not putting their hands in their pockets. Behind the back placement works nicely. As with any portrait, use a low number F-stop and focus on the eyes of the subject. This may mean manually focusing.

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Its graduation time-which means that many high school and college seniors are wanting photos for invitations, relatives and resumes. These types of portraits are usually environmental portraits (as opposed to head shots taken at school). Most seniors like to choose what to wear and where to have the pictures taken. Natural lighting works best, but not bright sunlight. These pictures were taken on a sunny day, so we sought out the shade for these shots.

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For the top two pictures, the subject was under a lattice canopy which let in small dabbles of sunlight. It took a little work to get her placed where they would hit in just the right spot.

IMG_7628 faceThe pictures above and below were taken in total shade under the porch roof of the building. Each of them turned out nicely because there was plenty of light, but not harsh sunlight.

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Posing for pictures is usually more natural for girls than boys. Occasionally, I ask the subject to bring props, such as sports equipment or musical instruments with them to a photo shoot. Sometimes, posing with something in one’s hands is easier. You have to make that call when you meet the subject or talk with them before the shoot. If they seem nervous about having photos done, props are a good way to relieve some of the anxiety.

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