Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Flower Workshop in NYC with Barbara Bordnick

I just returned from a very educational workshop under the direction of floral photographer, Barbara Bordnick. We first went to the flower market in lower Manhattan and chose flowers to photograph. Then we learned a great deal about sophisticated lighting with strobes, much of which I do not think I will be able to duplicate.  Barbara and her assistants gave instructions on lighting, floral arrangements, and processing of the images for printing.  Once again, it is apparent the power of Photoshop!

The flowers photographed included tulips, peonies, poppies, and phalaenopsis orchids.

Here are a selection of the images I photographed this weekend.  Please give any comments and suggestions.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Spring Daffodils

The daffodils, crocus, and scilla are the only flowers brave enough to bloom in this ever changing weather in Ithaca, NY.  I took some pictures of the daffodils and made one montage to celebrate the season. Hope you enjoy it.

Monday, April 18, 2011

East Shore Art Festival

This is the second year for the Art Festival at Lansing Town Hall,
29 Auburn Road, Lansing, New York.  There will be submissions from several Ithaca and Lansing Artists, hung in both the town hall and the nearby library.

Mark your calendars for this event, with the opening

Art Opening- Friday May 13, 2011, 6-9 PM

The show closes on July 18th.  I have four pieces that will be displayed this year. Hope to see you at the opening.


Ithaca Unitarian Church photography show

Ithaca Unitarian Church show, Ithaca, NY.

The show in the parlor at the church on the corner of Buffalo and Aurora streets is up until May 26th. On Sundays, entrance to the parlor is available during the church coffee hour, 11:30-12:30, with easy access from Buffalo Street or the garden entrance between the church and the parsonage. During the week, the parsonage is usually open between 9 and 4 and Mark will guide you to the parsonage.

Hope you have a chance to see my work if you are in the Ithaca area. It contains flower and sculpture montages, Cornell montages,some macro photography of flowers, and selection of both canvas and fine art paper prints.

I would definitely appreciate any feedback you would like to share about pieces selected for the show. Also, are there subjects you would like to see as montages?

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Spring Wildflowers in Ithaca, NY

The day was sunny and warm, so I took my Rebel and tripod for a tour of some wildflower gardens. First was a stop at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology trail, with many skunk cabbages emerging under the bridge that spans a swamp.  Fortunately, there was nobody to watch me lying on the bridge to take some photos.

Then it was off to the Cornell Mundy wildflower garden, where several wildflowers were in bloom.  I found more skunk cabbage as well as Hepatica, trout Lily, and Blood Root.  Again, the best view was flat on the ground with a macro lens.

Hope you enjoy the pictures.  Please give some feedback.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Spring Tulips

Last year I had the opportunity to visit Keukenhof in the Netherlands. It had been on my "bucket" list for a long time, but there was never an opportunity to travel to see the tulips while I was teaching.  The gardens are extraordinary, with fields and fields of research tulips nearby.  I spend three hours photographing as many tulips as possible and fortunately had a sunny day to do it.

My florist grandfather was Dutch and my family has been in the florist family since the 1800's. So, of course I had to go see the tulips!

Here is a tulip montage I made last week.