Roadside Photography

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This past weekend I pulled off beside the road to shoot some wild flowers. The funny thing about photographing nature is that sometimes nature has a way ruining a very good picture. A lot of times nature provides things that you might enjoy seeing, such as the worm above, a butterfly, or a bee.  However, sometimes it can also provide things that you might not want. Things such as spider’s web or the stuff left over from the unlucky captured insects are examples.

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This is an example of a photograph taken by a photographer who is over forty and didn’t bring his glasses along. Why is it that so many of us seem to throw our eyesight into the trash along with the gift wrapping on our fortieth birthday. The photographer, who will remain nameless, ended up using Snap Art 3 in an attempt to paint the insect dander away. I think it did a fairly good job of hiding the problem.

 

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Afterwards I returned, and using a make-up brush and a bulb lens cleaner, I tried cleaning the plant.

 

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Some plants were easy to clean. Other provided more of a challenge.  Now you shouldn’t have to hold the plant down with one foot on top of it while scrubbing  it with with both hands. This might do slightly more damage than you planned.  However, you still might have to play a little rough with some of them.

 

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Another little trick that I did was using my 24 inch reflector to light the dark side of several plants. In addition, I also softened this one using Snap Art 3.

 

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Although, I didn’t bring along my water bottle this time,  I have also tried spraying flowers with water to get those images with water droplets.

 

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Speaking of tips, what have you tried?

 

22 thoughts on “Roadside Photography

  1. LOL… Brushing stuff off, removing branches, grass etc..before taking the shot is what i call
    Photoshopping

    Love the 6th image.

    1. Thanks Jan. I guess that you could call it Pre-Photoshopping, but then so is combing one’s hair. I’m also kinda partial to the 6th image too.

    1. Thank you Andrew. You always have great comments. I admire the work that you do as well. At least with this type of photography, I’ve never had to think about getting a wavier signed. LOL

  2. Nice collection Phillip. Floral photography is not something I’ve tried much of….yet!

    1. Thanks Marc. I enjoy photographing many different subjects. I had never considered myself a “floral” type of guy before. However, I liked shooting nature and one thing lead to the next. Give it a try.

    1. Thanks Rob. That would have made a great title. I have used a spray bottle before. In fact be sure to see my next post! If I keep carrying all this stuff around, before long I’ll need a little cart. LOL

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