Finding What Inspires Me…

August 4th, 2011 by Denise Ippolito

Cymbidium Orchid ~ The curved lower petal caught my eye.
Image © 2010/Denise Ippolito Photography

When I go to a place like Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania it is important to stay focused on which flowers I will be photographing. After I scope out the flowers that initially appeal to me I begin to carefully consider the lighting, color, texture, backgrounds and shape. I will then go in for a closer look. I am searching for an element that will catch my eye; a curled petal, interesting texture, a water drop, etc. Once I find my subject I try to capture it in a way that appeals to me. It is most important to me that I like it and I don’t try to conform to someone else’s idea of what a flower image should look like. I also never worry about whether or not it will sell. I concentrate on trying to make that one feature that initially drew me in, to stand out in a special way. Once I have zeroed in on something I work on my composition. I decide if I will go in tight, on an angle, back my lens out, etc. This will most likely depend on the back ground. I like to use the surrounding flowers as an artistic back drop to my composition. Sometimes adding a flower in juxtaposition can add to the overall image design. I may also think about just using only the color of the flower as the background which can work out nicely. I think about whether or not to completely blur it out or to leave a bit of a textured look. Hand holding my camera allows me the flexibility needed to create a pleasing composition. Even if I decide to use a tripod I will first hand hold my camera to find my composition.

Often that one small curled edge or interesting leaf will be enough to get my creative juices flowing. I need to be inspired by what I photograph. If I have no interest in it I can’t get creative. So create images that you like. Find what inspires you!

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