Do I follow any photographic trends?
Well, not consciously!
But maybe I am developing a style which is just my own way of perceiving and capturing things which speak to my heart.
The above photo is slightly underexposed and slightly out of focus. This just happened and was not intentional, but I liked the soft look the way it was and simply kept it.
Here is one of the same Lobelia flowers in its true vibrant colour
All I have done here is change my position and thus the lighting.
Lighting is important to the way I like to capture images.
Macro photography is something I really enjoy
Is this a trend or a personal choice?
I feel that it is simply my love of detail which draws me into this way of capturing images.
Moving in even closer to see the glorious structure of the centre of this beautiful flower
Trends come and go and I see them all around me. As far as I can notice, texturing seems to be very much in vogue at the moment. So much so, that everyone's photos seem to look the same. It can be so easy to lose one's personality in trends.
My very simple editing programme, ACDSee, doesn't offer all these trendy options, so I am perfectly happy finding my own way and letting my subjects remain as natural as possible.
This does not mean that I do not sometimes have fun by doing crazy special effects on some photos for special occasions or just to amuse myself.
Most of all, I seek to capture beauty
and in nature
everything is just perfect
the way it is.
Just to end up with, this soft shot of a Snapdragon flower which, although in a central position, would have lost something if I had cropped away the green parts of the plant on either side.
I love the way those enticing soft, yellow flower lips pop out at us and attract the bees. What pleasure it is for me to observe these little useful furry creatures wriggling their way into the flower to collect their pollen.
I couldn't imagine using any sort of texture or other special effects on a perfect little bee, could you?