Saturday, December 1, 2007
This is another one of my low depth of field experiments. I really like the way it helps you focus on one flower, but you can still see the others fading into the background. The lighting was something special on this one too. It was in a nursuy in Carpenteria, CA. The roof of the building we were in was translucent. It let the sun through, but the light was filtered and beautiful.
Friday, June 22, 2007
This is one of the images that has been in a lot of my shows. It is a particular favorite of mine which is funny, because I almost passed on it when we were selecting images for my first flower show. My best friend (now my wife) insisted I should include this one. Once I made a print and saw it more "life size" I changed my mind. People stop and stare at it thinking it is an underwater scene. (Which is fitting since one of the common names for them is "Octopus Orchid".) They are usually quite pleasantly surprised when they realize what the subject actually is.
Thursday, September 29, 2005
I grow a lot of my flower pictures. But this is one that I
purchased while it was blooming from the Santa Barbara Orchid
Estate. And, they are having an open house and sale in the
beginning of November. So, I'm thinking it is time to
buy some film. :-)
Perhaps while I am there they can refresh my memory as to the proper name of this guy so I can stop calling it the "red and Yellow Orchid."
Wednesday, September 21, 2005
Another angle on an orchid from a few months ago.
If you are in the Santa Barbara area this weekend be sure to visit the Art Walk at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. I have been working on new items for the show that I do not normally have available. It should be a great weekend!
Thursday, August 18, 2005
These guys look like they are about to stand up, stretch and yawn.
There used to be a great place in Carpinteria that had some amazing orchids. But they moved to Tennessee or somewhere like that. Fortunately we still have the Santa Barbara Orchid Estate!
The people at both places have always been very kind when I am interested in taking pictures. Of course I rarely leave without taking one of their babies home with me so it works out good for everyone.
Wednesday, July 27, 2005
This is a new scan from my last trip to the Santa Barbara Orchid Estate. (Sometimes it takes a while to get everything scanned and categorized) I did not get this one, but there were a couple that did come home with me.
Wednesday, May 25, 2005
Orchid from the Estate
The Santa Barbara Orchid Estate is a wonderful place for someone who likes to take pictures of flowers. They are always very friendly, and happy to tell you about their babies. I think they know that if I spend enough time looking at the incredible varieties they have I will almost certainly take a couple home. Or perhaps they just really love what they do, and are happy to share the beauty they nurture with anyone who appreciates it. This is one of two that came home with me last time.
Sunday, March 6, 2005
If you like taking pictures of beautiful flowers, many nurseries are happy to let you wander through their isles. This was at Island View Nursery in Carpinteria. It is one of the most interesting places to take a camera. Many of my Orchid shots are from the nurseries in the area. There are two places around here that are particularly friendly and welcoming.
- Island View Nursery
A great place, if you are ever in the area this is an excellent place to loose a few hours. I had a Pastel class here, and took quite a few interesting photos.
- Santa Barbara Orchid Estate
These people seem to truly love their jobs and their plants. They are very welcoming and happy to tell you about their beautiful flowers.