Pink Ruffles

Close-up of pink flamingos at the San Diego Zoo

Canna Composition

Color photo art of red, orange, green canna plantsPhoto art of tropical canna plants

When I photographed this shot, the canna plants were too far away, and they were backlit. The photo did not come out well. But I loved the canna’s color and lines so much, so I decided to do a photo art study instead (and I noted to take some better shots of these plants another time).

I apologize for not posting for awhile. I had to work two weekends ago. And last weekend, I was feeling exhausted. I guess it caught up with me.

It’s interesting how uncreative I can be when I’m tired. Creative work of any kind requires exploration and decision-making. If I have no energy, I can’t do those things. I mentioned this to an artistic friend of mine, and she advised me to pay attention to my energy level. She reminded me to get enough sleep, eat right, walk around, and be social. Very simple, isn’t it? Now why didn’t I think of that?


Tinged With Blue

Close-up of succulent
Close-up of succulent

As autumn approaches and the gray clouds take residence here, I realize that I can stop being afraid of flat or filtered light.

Earlier this year, I didn’t know how to work with flat light well. I grumbled about it in June/July (ex: here and here). But now, I know I need to choose my subjects accordingly. I shot this plant in natural filtered light, then applied some post-processing in Photoshop. And the textures really made a difference, leaving more for the eye to see.

I like how details pop more in overcast conditions. Subtle striations and ripples are more obvious. So now that the days are getting shorter, and the sun is less intense, I’m a little more interested in textures rather than contrast.

Recently, my husband challenged me to shoot more color images. I told him I’d give it a go. I guess I am slightly resistant to doing color. I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s because my early photographic education (studying graphic communications back in my college days) was in black and white film photography. I did not take any color photography. So I do need the practice.


Reflections in a window display

At a local mall, Tiffany had an interesting window display. Very graphic. I couldn’t pass up taking a photo of it. Not the greatest quality, but I like the interesting layers of shapes and colors.

Zion National Park (4 photos)

Zion National Park - photo of canyon

One of the challenges of photographing Zion is the high contrast light. Since Zion is a deep canyon, my photos captured dark shadows against very bright, sunlit areas. So I had a hard time balancing the exposures. I don’t particularly care for shooting in HDR, but I haven’t figured out the best solution. For now, I just balanced what I could in Photoshop.

Another challenge is the scale of the canyon. Next time I go, I will have to get a wide angle lens.

Shooting in Zion was a great learning experience. I hope to improve my skills so that when I return, I’ll have better photos.

Desert Sherbet

Close-up photo of Flapjack Succulent plant
Close-up photo of Flapjack Succulent plant

Southern California landscapers have always embraced xeriscaping (landscaping with drought-tolerant plants). Sometimes it’s a challenge for them to add to color to their desert landscaping. But the Flapjack Succulent is a surprisingly colorful option. It’s quite sculptural, too.

I photographed this one in front of a Mexican restaurant. When I cropped in tightly, the plant became a natural work of art.

It also reminded me of rainbow sherbet in summer.


Photo of a bird of paradise plantThis weekend, I played around with Photoshop. Here I bumped up the Exposure setting and played with the Gamma setting, which gave this photo a more graphic feel. I also added high pass layers to pop some detail.

Not my usual style, but I do like experimenting.