This week in pictures: drippy and dreamy

by DaniGirl on May 6, 2012 · 3 comments

in Photo of the Day

Spring is a photographer’s dream. Everywhere there is colour, contrast, interesting shapes – and it is SO welcome after months of winter’s monochromatic greys and dirty whites.

Even the dandelions are beautiful!

Dreamy dandelion

I like this one of the orange tulips in my garden because I think the orange pops against the green and I like the painterly look of the bokeh (the out of focus parts in the background.) The repeating shapes of the tulip are evocative of an echo, don’t you think?

Tulippy

And then in rained. For days, which seemed like weeks. (And my grass grew about two inches this week!) I love the colour in these tulips I found in a bed downtown, with that weird streak of purple against the orange.

Drippy tulip

I’d gone looking for a foggy picture early one morning, but the fog wasn’t dense enough to make the dramatic picture I was looking for. It was, however, wet enough to make these amazing, jewel-like dew-drops on a spider web. I took this with my iPhone because I wanted to get as close as possible (my 50mm lens’s minimum focus distance is something like 30 cm or more) and because I like the black and white film look from the app I was using. But, I was trying to hunker down and balance on my toes while holding the camera steady, and a breeze kept making the web dance. All that to say, it’s not nearly as sharp as I wanted it to be — but I love the refraction in the drops. It’s 80% of where it could have been, but still not bad for something I almost walked right past!

A web of drops

This is not what I set out to do with the sea glass. It’s part (a pretty small part, actually) of our collection from Nova Scotia. I don’t know exactly what I was intending to do, but by the time I’d finished this I’d run out of time for playing with the camera, so this ended up as the photo of the day. I heart sea glass!

I heart seaglass

Sometimes, I just can’t resist the light. Don’t you wish your breakfast tasted this good?

Breakfast

And finally, a bit of a cheat. I was looking for something to submit to a photo challenge on Flickr, and it had to be something I took after April 2. I started playing with the photos from the red balloon session and ended up liking this out-take a lot more than I liked the photos I posted at the time. And then, in classic fashion, I again found I’d run out of my allotment of daily photo time, so this month-old (but admittedly adorable!) picture is yesterday’s photo of the day.

Red balloons revisited

And speaking of re-runs, remember I mentioned a while back that a Flickr contact had seen the use of my infamous puddle jumping picture on a flyer in a grocery store in Scotland? Look what arrived in my mail box from over the puddle, erm, I mean ocean, this week!

Found in the wild - Sainsbury's

How funny is it to know that this picture is in grocery stores all over the UK?

I’ve got two families coming out for porch portraits this week, so it should be a fantastically photogenic week. Hope yours is filled with beauty, too!


{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lydia May 9, 2012 at 7:08 am

I -thought- it looked familiar! and that isn’t a ‘grocery store’, it’s the UK’s second largest supermarket, as demonstrated by the fact they they offer banking, insurance, you name it…

Nice one! 🙂

2 Chantal May 10, 2012 at 12:41 pm

beautiful photos and i LOVE that poster from Scotland!

3 Anonymous May 14, 2012 at 4:02 pm

Ah, Sainsbury, all the fond memory when hubby and I stayed in London 15 years ago…. It’s more along the lines of Loblaws this side of the pond. Love the picture!

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