… there is nothing like getting out in the garden with the camera to fix that.
The garden is also where I head when I’m feeling a little artistically and photographically stuck (which also makes me feel a bit blue). The natural beauty, perfect palate of color, and ever so soft flow and movement in a single bloom is simply…breathtaking. Capturing all of that is such a delight and a good exercise for tackling a rut.
Even as the season wears on, when the blooms are a bit more scarce, and their the petals a bit faded and weary, capturing the beauty that remains by creating a still life is another great exercise to reignite that creativity.
I’m a bit obsessed (there I said it) with learning all sorts of new techniques… and there’s a lot out there! So much so, I tend to skip around a lot, never really feeling like I mastered one before I move onto another, and this can lead to a very big pile of… frustration… and a rut. So dialing it back a bit, choosing a simpler subject (simpler in that it is not moving, travel is not required, and it is ready when you are) and using a familiar platform to practice techniques that are still a little unrefined or experiment with new ones… is key and starts by returning to the garden.
New techniques used in the images above Curves! I never used this before, honestly because I had no idea how it really worked. But now that I do, I use it to boost/change color, lighten/darken ~ all over or just by selecting the most minute areas. Curves has moved to the top of favorite tools! Who knows maybe I’ll try a curves how-to video post… uh-oh, there I go again. On second thought, maybe it would be better if I just go find a good one to share with you 🙂