Photo Monday – Peonies and Light

I felt like taking pictures of flowers, that’s all. They always surprise me. I had the girls tell me which flowers they liked best at the grocery store. And then I ignored their choices and went with peonies. They have such a pretty texture with all those petals. The white ones I chose have that little bit of pink in the center that makes them interesting. I realized after buying them that I’ve chosen the exact same kind of peonies for pictures before. But they’re such a great canvas for playing with light and texture!

I took my vase to the sunny side of the apartment. Afternoon light. There was a patch of light on the floor, smaller than the vase so I couldn’t get all the flowers in it. I started with leaving them in the open shade.


Then, I moved them to the patch of light and played with light and shadow.





I’m always astonished when I see what the camera sees compared to what I see. The contrasts are always more marked. I think maybe the human eye and brain move around and adjust so fast to differences in lighting that we end up with a more uniform light in the image the brain produces. The camera can’t do that. I feel like the camera shows me the world as is better than my own brain!


Creative mommy at home to two wonderful little girls, trying to juggle family, sewing, exercise, family, knitting, photography, and did I mention family?

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