Tuesday, 6 July 2010

It's lucky I'm used to getting funny looks...

...and indeed funny comments, because I certainly got a few of each while taking these photos! Not least because one of the local secondary schools finishes its school day just before I got to this location so quite a few pupils were walking past me, wondering why on earth I was scrutinising a bush so closely, photographing it from every angle, and even kneeling at the roadside at one point. But hey, this far into Project 365 I'm well used to it and just take my photos unperturbed! :-)

So anyway, I'm still working on Prompt 1 of LYPLYP - should finish that this evening, but here, out of sequence, is my response to Prompt 2: photographing flowers from different angles, playing with composition. First I should explain that I am by no means a natural gardener. My fingers are far from being green. They're more brown, withered and with weeds growing under the fingernails. (Metaphorically speaking only, I should point out!) Plan A was to walk to school to collect The Children, detouring through a local park, photographing flowers en route; Plan B involved taking fright at a few drops of rain, driving to school, realising that there were after all only a few drops of rain, giving self a pep-talk about wussiness, and photographing this flowery bush near the school gate.

I don't even know what these flowers are, not being a natural gardener. They look sort of lilac-y. That's the best I can do.

I took quite a few pics, and where there are two similar shots it's because one is with the macro setting and one is without. Sometimes that doesn't seem to have made much of a difference! I haven't edited any of them (yet) though a bit of cropping would benefit some of them and I definitely need to do something with the lighting of the one taken from underneath. For now though, without further ado, here are my photos:












Now, I'm not sure that I love any of these photos, but I like a few of them in different ways and for different reasons. Not sure which is my favourite though. What do you think?

13 comments:

Rachel B said...

Great range of pics Mel and I really like your new blog header too!

Laura said...

i think they look lovely!!! :) But I think you need to go back out there and lie on your back under the flower bush and take that kind of picture, too (grin). :)

Maria Ontiveros said...

First off, love the new photo up top!
My fave flower photo is the single purple one on the yellow background.
Rinda

scrappyjacky said...

They look great....I think the second one is my favourite....and I love the new blog header.

Sian said...

Well, first of all I love the new header :) Fab, fresh new look. And my favouerite photo is the same as Rinda's

debs14 said...

I vote for the lilac against the yellow. I'm kind of guessing you are getting a reputation in town, laying under peoples hedges, photographing the roasts at the local carvery ..... ;-)
Loving the new header too!

Rachel said...

Great job. I'm brown fingered too, so I'll also be needing to photograph someone else's flowers.

Anesha said...

Love the photos, great angles and compositions!

Kirsty.a said...

I don't what they are wither, I'm afraid, but if you don't love any of them enough on their own, how about many a collage?

mise said...

I like image no. 6 as it contains Possibility. The others say all that's to be said. And I love (not just commentator love but real love) your new blog header photo (and font and all) - it's one of the best out here in great wide Blogtopia.

Cheri said...

third row, left. love the purple against all the yellow background and that you got close enough to really "feel" the texture.

Cheryl said...

I love them all and your new header is fab, is that the photo you used on the forum? I am strugling with this one as not been able take any flowers lol x

Amy said...

I like the second one - the one on the right at the top and the first one with the yellow leaves behind the bloom ..... too funny about your photography bravery :-)

Great new look over here Mel - the silhouette shots are so lovely!