Two weeks ago I posted part one of a three part series about the Museum of Transportation. Last week I posted part two. If you’re into pattern recognition you would be expecting part three today. I’m going to break the pattern and switch to an entirely different subject.
I thought that today I’d give you a break from all that heavy, rusty iron and peeling paint and post photos of something softer and more colorful – flowers. More specifically, lilies and their stamens.
Flowers and, to a lesser extent insects, probably account for 95+ percent of my non-friends and family photos. As I’ve explained before it’s not because they are my favorite subjects but because they are always there when I need a subject. (I don’t do a lot of photography in the winter.) Early on I noticed that when walking around looking for something to photograph with my then only lens (the Nikkor 24-85mm telephoto zoom) I was taking a lot of pictures of flowers and vegetation.
Even at the max 85mm focal length and with the relatively close focusing distance of the lens I had to do a lot of cropping to get a good composition, especially with the smaller flowers. This was fine for internet viewing but would not work if I ever wanted to print something of any size. So I saved up and got a Sigma 105mm macro lens.
That 105mm macro has stayed on my camera more than any other lens I have. Whenever I have an urge to photograph something and I don’t want to go anywhere (or don’t have the time), I just walk outside and look around for flowers or insects.
I will admit though that after taking hundreds and hundreds and macro flower shots over the past couple of years I am getting tired of it. I’m not sure I can do anything with a flower photo that I haven’t before. If I’m getting bored with flowers photos then the photos will probably get boring; not a good thing.
I tried more landscape photography and street photography recently. So far the latter has been pretty much limited to street festivals. I have lots of good rationalizations why I don’t do more of these two types of photography. Maybe as I become more and more bored with flowers I’ll find fewer “good reasons” not to do more landscape and street photography.
I’ve also tried shooting more buildings and architectural details lately. I like the majority of my results so architectural photography is another area I’m trying to get an eye for. The drawback with architectural photography for me is all the post processing required to try to correct perspectives – a real pain. I guess I should investigate to see if there is any affordable (and easy to use) software dedicated to perspective correction.
Probably the biggest problem I have with landscape, street, and architectural photography is that, with very rare exceptions, they are not something I can do in an hour on the spur of the moment by just walking around my yard or the neighborhood. I live in the suburbs, not an ideal spot for street photography or architectural photography. I really don’t want to take photos of houses or buildings in strip malls; however, the latter might be something to explore for night scenes.
For now the majority of my photos will continue to be flowers and insects but I plan to start sticking in more non-flower posts as I did with A Phew Phlorida Photos a few weeks ago and the current Museum of Transportation series. Anyway, I hope you enjoy the rest of these photos.
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