Kelli Shannon Photography | What to Shoot?

What to Shoot?

April 09, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Put on your walking shoes, strap your camera over your shoulder or in your pocket and hit the street.  You say, "I walk this neighborhood every day and have photographed virtually everything in my path" and I say, "no you haven't"!  First of all, every moment of morning light changes your scenery and casts shadows, reflections and color differently than the moment before…..truly!  Plus, spring will transport your walk into a colorful and imaginative land of OZ.  Let's start looking at a few of my flower shots from yesterday's trek through my neighborhood…..

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Wisteria dangling from its vine is catching the morning light creating a beautiful shadow.  This vine makes a beautiful canopy!  Next we have a cluster of flowers blooming on a tree and I'm not sure what to call it….sorry.  It kind of resembles the Dogwood but it has another name.

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We've got one little flower in focus and the rest has a shallow depth of field.  I am drawn to this effect as it leaves much to the imagination.  I looked around and found Azalea's abloom everywhere, so I traipsed onto my neighbor's yard and got up close and personal with one of their bushes.  Check out this shot of Azalea clusters…..

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Again, the AM light casts interesting shadows on the flowers.  Let's end the flower parade with a cluster of mixed-color pansies, loving the cool mornings in spring.

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This makes me happy!  I had a fast stride and my eyes were scanning for shots that made me feel "ah ha" and there was my favorite Spanish style mansion catching the sweet sunlight coming through the huge oak, cedar and maple trees.  I snapped this one shot…….

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I loved the way I felt when taking this shot over the hedge - I felt somewhat like an intruder and I guess the owner felt the same way!  As I came around the corner, an older woman who had been sipping her morning Joe, by the morning light, saw me take the picture and she caught me walking around the side and wanted to know what I was shooting.  Yikes! I felt like a felon!  I am always so respectful of people's space and privacy and now I was busted.  So, I explained that I was out taking creative shots to feed my soul, and, luckily, she bought that.  I offered to show her what I had captured to no avail.  All I wanted was to get away and not end up in jail!  Don't you love the tree shadows!  Here are two more shots of striking shadows…..

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Will the real tree please stand up!  It's fun to play with real versus shadow making the eyes hesitate before deciding which is not real.  A couple more and we're done…..

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Obviously, a big tree, I love the way the trunk and branches offer such a soft and mysterious look.  Last one below is rather bold….good way to end my blog on how to look differently when walking the same route.  Also, as artists, we can seize the opportunity to seek out patterns, specific colors or shapes…..the sky's the limit!  Go for it and make your walk a creative exercise that pleases your soul! 

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Enjoy your spring walks!


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