Monday, March 26, 2012

If Color Had Flavors And Other Floral Tales

You’d think that there wasn’t much to see on a rainy, gray day. Unless it pours, overcast days can be great lighting for outdoor photography.
Unlike sunshine which gives warmer tones, a shadowless day loans itself to softer details in landscape photography.
When it’s sunny outside the time of day becomes more of a factor with photography. Sunlight becomes harsh as it rises and given that transition, I've always thought early morning or dusk is best for shooting with sun.
Not so with an overcast light – it seems there’s less of a concern about rushing an image due to the changes in the light that shadows can cause.
Certainly shadows can add to an image, providing contrast and drama. But for a more relaxed kind of pace, photography on a cloudy day is perfect - it feels less of a battle dodging the light and instead focusing on the subject itself. 
Sunday’s cooler temperatures felt much more the way March should be instead of the unusually warm days, Connecticut has seen earlier the previous week. Eighty degrees in mid-March, while wonderful, is a bit weird!
The trees are already blooming, as are daffodils. Hosta is breaking through the soft earth, their stems evidence of life itself.
If you haven’t noticed the growth on the ground, large bushes of forsythia usually indicate that winter has seen its last snowflake. While the magnolias often steal the spotlight with their luscious shades of pink and white, the forsythia is quick to color and offers a cheery yellow you can’t miss.

Forsythia gets too little recognition, perhaps because its bloom is quick and once it changes to green it resorts to being a bush. What I like about the yellow flowers are their cheery color. They seem to be a generous blossom.
Hundreds of forsythia flowers show at once turning from brown wiry forms of winter hedges into mounds of bright yellow florals that resemble sunshine.Magnolias and dogwoods are beautiful in spring and remind me of impressionism paintings. First blooms of white petals perk up any landscape making it look more exotic and picturesque.
Really enjoyed looking for pretty pictures in New Britain, CT and was delighted to find an orange victorian house with a nearby magnolia tree bursting with pink buds. The earthy colors of the house contrasted against the new buds made me think if the image were a flavor, it might be called 'tangy'.  

The forsythia would most definately taste like lemondrop if it had flavor! I didn’t miss the sun at all!
What is your favorite time of day to shoot outdoors? Do you have a lighting preference and do you shoot with filters to compensate for glare?


  1. I like you prefer the cloudy days, and no I don't use filters, my camera won't accommodate them. I agree with you as well on the forsythia, except that mine was in full beautiful bloom, then suddenly covered in snow. This is a great post.Love the photos.

  2. Beautiful photos! My husband is the real photographer in the house, but I love taking snapshots.

  3. These yellow flowers certainly brightened up my evening, Margaret. They're brilliant!

  4. Love the contrast in shape, texture and color between the magnolia blooms and the columns. Well done.

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