We often like to stroll through Dick Bell Park. A scenic park along the Ottawa River, this park is home to the Nepean Sailing Club. This was a good opportunity for me to practice with my FujiFilm X100s. These pictures were taken last summer. Can’t wait for warm spring weather to arrive.
On the rocks on the Ottawa River side of the breakwater I noticed brilliant patches of yellow doting the harse rocky landscape.
Spring has arrived in Ottawa but it is still quite cold and sometimes dips below zero at night. So only the very hardy have started to show themselves. These images of spring flowers, new leaves and a squirrel are from last year.
This is my last post of orchids from an annual exhibition called Orchidophilia presented by the Ottawa Orchid Society. When shooting at a show you have control over so little, ie., the lighting, displays or other visitors. All of these factors must be taken into account but for me the biggest challenge is the shape of the orchid flower itself. They truly do seem to come in all shapes and sizes but for most part the shape is symmetrical, with a bowl like shape extending out from the centre. As a result, the best angle is usually straight on, that way you can display it’s symmetrical nature to its best advantage. I did try to capture them from different angles and sometimes it worked but I often found myself centring them and shooting straight on. Also this was often the best way to isolate my subjects and add negative space that did not include busy background stuffed with eye-catching winning ribbons.
In my post Ottawa Orchidophilia – 2015 the orchids were of a more similar shape and earthly tones. In this post the orchids are more varied and with more brilliant colours. The first photo looks like the orchid has one eye and a very interesting head dress. I noticed that a lot of the orchids have a face with a smashed nose, big jaw or beard and two large ears. But no matter what, they are an interesting bunch and a challenge to photograph. I think I did better then the first time I tried but there is definitely room for improvement. Good thing this is an annual event and that my sister loves orchids which means she will drag me along again and I will get more practice which is always a good thing.
This is my second post of orchids from Orchidophilia, an annual exhibition presented by the Ottawa Orchid Society and I have only shown you a very small portion of the 600 blooming orchids on display. But there will be more to come hopefully in the not too distant future. I wanted to post these as soon as possible, in anticipation of warm weather which will no doubt mean a break from blogging. I usually don’t plan them but they do regularly happen with good weather although this spring seems to be more evasive than usual.
This post has some of the very few images that I decided to process in black and white. The first photo is my favourite because it shows so well that face that I often see when looking at orchids and this fellow has lots of character. Looks a little grouchy to me. I can see his nose, mouth, large jaw and lowered frowning brow. But he also has a sort of regal head dress, probably someone of importance. Well, enough of that flight of fancy. Hope you enjoyed this series of 3 posts from Orchidophilia – 2015 and as always love to hear your thoughts on any of these posts.
As promised here are orchids from an annual exhibition called Orchidophilia presented by the Ottawa Orchid Society. As I mentioned in Sneak Peak – Orchidophilia – 2015 , lighting was a challenge and a flash was necessary. So I decided to lower my exposure compensation to darken the background and use my on camera flash to light the orchids. And the response from my sneak peak post indicates that this was a fairly successfully strategy. I did have a moment of panic when I first arrived because I don’t use the on camera flash ever, I had no idea how to engage it. But after a quick look through the menus without success, I located the proper button on outside the camera. Go figure, crisis averted, thank goodness!
The show was filled with people taking pictures on every device imaginable and most seemed to think that the best view was a couple of inches in front of the flowers. In order for the 70-300mm lens to focus, I needed to be a few feet away which often mean’t taking pictures around people or waiting for them to move away for a clear shot. At one point, I was asked why I was using such a big lens to shoot flowers, implying that it was overkill. So I showed a picture and explained that I was better able to isolate my subject and blur the busy background. I was not offended because when I saw someone taking a picture millimetres away from an orchid I asked if that camera could focus so close up. It didn’t seem likely to me. But this type of show does seem to bring out the photographer in us all. This will be the first of three post of orchids. Some time later when I have processed the rest of the pictures, there will probably be a few more.
I am half way through processing pictures taken at Orchidophilia, an annual exhibition of 600 blooming orchids presented by the Ottawa Orchid Society and decided to give you a sneak peek. The show is held inside at the Nepean Sportplex which I mention because usually my photography is done outside in natural light or inside near a window using natural light. I had attended this show once before and knew that the lighting would be a challenge and a flash, a necessity. The show is very photographer friendly but I was attending outside the hours that allow tripods. Deciding that my Nikon 70-300mm lens would give me the most flexibility, I left my macro at home. The displays were impressive and from what I could see orchids come in many varied shapes, sizes and colours. I have included images of single and multiple orchids, a floral arrangement by a local florist and a black and white image. Hope you enjoy this sneak peek and that I have sparked your interest in what’s to come.
There were a number of scenes from the Tulip Festival that I processed in black and white. In these scenes the vibrancy of the tulips drew the eye away or the busy backgrounds needed to be toned down. I like this girl’s pose, to be that young and flexible again! In the next two pictures, the tulips were so vibrant that they drew the eye away from the children. I love the expression captured on the young girl’s face as she looks down at the others. She looks like a queen staring down the rabble. There were these large wooden shoes that had many children coming to play on or have there pictures taken. The young boy waiting in his stroller didn’t seem to mind having his picture taken. Lastly, I have included a close-up image of a single tulip. I am always looking to process dramatic black and white floral photos whenever possible and this seemed to be an opportunity not to be missed.
This is the second post of images from last year’s Tulip Festival in Ottawa. We walked the paths around Dow’s lake in the evening light so most of the tulips were in shade or backlit as the sun began to set. As a result the colours are vibrant and saturated. The last two photos include a painted tulip sculpture.
This is the first of three posts of last year’s Tulip Festival in Ottawa. During the Tulip Festival one can’t help but notice 3 things: first, it is very popular and we have many visitors; second, most of them seemed to carry some sort of camera and lastly, a lot of people ride their bicycles since many of beds are along the bicycle paths. It’s a great way to get to Dow’s Lake or downtown and avoid having to find parking. All this is to say that I have captured images of tulips, people taking pictures of tulips, people getting their pictures taken with tulips and people with their bikes near the beds of tulips as well as some displays set out among the tulips. All of these photos are packed into 3 posts. Hope you will view and enjoy them all.