Tuesday, April 22, 2014

A Matter of Focus


I’m linking up with Kim Klassen today for Texture Tuesday where the theme is simple. My lilac photos were enhanced with Kim's texture, awaken.

I use the word simple often – almost as a mantra.  

The world sometimes feels busy and complicated. And descriptions of life often include words like demanding, artificial, elaborate, or convoluted.

A simple life can be the remedy for a weary spirit.  

As a photographer, the guiding principle of simplicity helps me to make pictures that are  
     
     honest and ordinary . . . 

          images that resonate with others . . . 
               
               pictures that are genuine and sincere

Simplicity is ultimately a matter of focus.   -- Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts


Every spring, I struggle to photograph Lilacs. Their blossoms in clusters, forming soft and feathery cones, photograph as clumps of flowers.  It always seems my pictures do not do them justice. 


For Lilacs, so fragrant and romantic, perhaps breaking down the image to blossoms and leaves might reveal their simple elegance. 





Careful focus for a simply elegant view.




22 comments:

  1. Oh these Lilacs are just gorgeous, the last one is my favorite, so simple but very creative!

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  2. Beautiful shots! All of your pictures are fantastic Simple!

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  3. What a wonderful way to display lilac I love it...

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  4. I think you did a fabulous job capturing the lilacs.

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  5. Your images certainly did the lilacs justice today! Each image is beautiful! Your last image is very creative. I don't think I have ever seen a photo quite like it. I tend to look at flowers and not their leaves, your image has inspired me to keep an eye out for interesting leaves.

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  6. Oh my word! I love these captures! It inspires me to do something different!

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  7. Love the lilacs in the glass jar, such beautiful colors and light.

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  8. Well this year you certainly nailed it! All are stunning but really Love that last one!!

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  9. So much Beauty.. So much. I love your mantra.. Now I know why I found you .

    Have a lovely day.
    and

    Ann is brilliant as is Kim.
    I wont be playing today. I m off to my eye Dr.

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  11. Wonderful photos, Donna, love all of them !
    But oh my, I so love the last one ... wow, so very special !
    Love lilacs and their fragrance, I regret not having them in our garden ... yet.
    Nice week,
    Sylvia

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  12. After looking at your lilacs, I had to "steal" some today from a bush behind an abandoned house. It seems a shame those poor lilacs bloom every spring and no one notices. Your photos are certainly worth a second glance! It's true lilacs bloom in florets and not all at the same time. A typical stem has some florets in bloom and others in bud. Your genius self let the florets and the lovely shaped leaves step out! The last photo with the leaf arrangement is stunning but I love the scattered purple on that rough metal surface.

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  13. Wonderful. The composition of all the leaves and a few blossoms is great. My lilac bush is just starting to show a little green. I can hardly wait for the wonderful fragrance when I walk out my front door.

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  14. Gorgeous photos of your beautiful lilac, I love them all. I never seem to find lilacs here in NC .....I will have to start looking harder !

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  15. Stunning! The second photo is my favorite.

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  16. my lilacs now are just starting to bloom...I always keep a bouquet next to my bed when they are blooming...such a dreamy fragrance...your photos are wonderful...especially the last one!

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  17. These are so lovely, and that last photo is absolutely spectacular. To take nature's components and create such a precise pattern with the leaves took my breath away!

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  18. Donna, I really love what you did here! I was photographing our china-berry tree yesterday and ran in to the same issue with blossoms appearing as "clumps" - it was only when I was able to get them against the blue of the sky that they really popped. Lilacs are one of my favorite flowers, I do so miss them here in Texas! Thank you for sharing your beautiful images!

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  19. Oh,,,,, these are so fabulous! Now I want to know how long it took to lay out all those leaves?

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  20. Roxi, Ha, Ha! I'll share my secret. I took an old piece of white poster board I had lying around, and ran several strips of double stick tape going every which way. Then I just positioned the leaves on the tape, making sure to overlap so that no white showed through. Took a little time, but not too hard, and totally worth it. I love every image from that shoot!

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  21. Ah, I love lilacs!! Beautiful still lifes.

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  22. Somehow I am just find your blog Donna. What beautiful lilac images!! Each one!! The bottom one with the leaves is simply breath taking though. Thanks for sharing the set up process.

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