#100daysof_flowerstyle - Days 3 to 13

My #100daysof_flowerstyle is still going strong. It has been quite a challenge to come up with a new idea every day but that's all part of the fun. 

 

#100daysof_flowerstyle - Day 3

For this image I gathered some sticks from the backyard and scattered the Swamp Bloodwood flowers over the top.

 

 

#100daysof_flowerstyle - Day 4

The Bougainvillea plants are filled with colour right now. The purple one is especially as it is cascading over our fence. In this image they look like they are standing upright but they are actually laying flat and this was taken from above.

 

 

#100daysof_flowerstyle - Day 5

I received this gorgeous wreath from my beautiful Instagram friend Alicia, so of course I had to decorate it with flowers.  These are tiny rock daisies from my garden.

 

 

#100daysof_flowerstyle - Day 6

This day was particularly windy and this beautiful bird's nest fell out of the tree. Fortunately the birds no longer used it, so I thought I'd add a little colour and a butterfly.

 

 

#100daysof_flowerstyle - Day 7

I made a tiny bouquet with roses from my garden. These flowers are less than an inch tall. You have to pick them early in the morning as they are fully open by midday.

 

 

#100daysof_flowerstyle - Day 8

These pretty pink Swamp Bloodwood flowers are continually changing. Once the flower has finished blooming, it transforms into a gumnut.

 

 

#100daysof_flowerstyle - Day 9

I left this one a little late in the day, so I had to try some artificial light. On the left I used the light from an iPad and on the right, a light from a flashlight.

 

 

#100daysof_flowerstyle - Day 10

My neighbour has a Frangipani tree with the most amazing flowers. A little Blu-Tak always comes in handy to hold a flower in place.

 

 

#100daysof_flowerstyle - Day 11

The same flowers as the day before in a different way.

 

 

#100daysof_flowerstyle - Day 12

I think dried flowers are beautiful. These are Dahlias from my garden.

 

 

#100daysof_flowerstyle - Day 13

More Frangipanis with a distressed, grungy edit.

 

 

All of these images were taken with an iPhone5C using the ProCamera app and edited in Mextures.

Thanks for reading and remember to make everyday beautiful.

#100daysof_flowerstyle - Day 2

#100daysof_flowerstyle - Day2

I decided to try a different kind of flower to style for Day 2 of my project.  The Callistemon trees are in flower at the moment. There were plenty of beautiful bottlebrush flowers on the tree, so I didn't feel too bad about taking some inside away from the birds.

After trying a few different ideas I felt that these looked much better not in a vase, so I found some twine to tie them together.

By slightly moving to the right I was able to include more of the window light.

Helpful hint:  Blu Tak is great for holding the stems in place.  I scattered the leaves across the base of the stems to hide it.

The last image was with a timber cutting board as the background.

All images were taken on an iPhone5C using the ProCamera app and edited in Mextures.

 

Remember to make everyday beautiful!

#100daysof_flowerstyle - Day 1

#100daysof_flowerstyle-  Day 1

Over on Instagram, I'm participating in the 2016 100 day project.  The details can be found here.

So beginning today April 19 until July 27, I'm going to challenge myself to style a flower photo everyday.  Have you noticed that most of my flower photos only contain a single flower?  It's my go to formula for my photos and I guess it is my style.  But I need to challenge myself to try something a bit different and to move out of my comfort zone.  I find styling doesn't come naturally to me.

For Day 1, I decided to create a bougainvillea bouquet out of some flowers in the backyard. I love this colour combination of purple, magenta, pink, orange and white. To help the bouquet look fuller, I used sticky tape in a grid pattern across the opening of the mason jar. This really helped to hold everything in place.

Here's a couple I created using a white board instead of black.

All images were taken on an iPhone5C using the ProCamera app and edited in Mextures.

Why not join me in your very own 100 day project. You just might discover something creative that you really enjoy. 

Remember to make everyday beautiful.

Friday Favourites - Week 12 2016

Friday Favourites - Week 12 2016

It's been a few weeks since I've posted my Friday Favourites.  Where does the time go?

Here are my favourite photos taken this week:

 

This is not my usual style of editing but it was a lot of fun.  This image of a Dahlia was taken with an iPhone 5C using ProCamera and edited using a combination of Snapseed and Tangled FX.  I love the painterly style of this image.

 

This image of a gardenia flower was taken as part of my 365 project for the 'Contrast' prompt. I love the texture of the wooden cutting board and the velvety, white petals. The photograph was captured on my iPhone 5C using ProCamera and edited with Mextures.

This is my favourite image of the week.  I love how the two mushrooms intertwine to form a heart.  I've learned from experience that these mushrooms appear early in the morning and if you want to get a picture you need to do it as soon as you find them.  If you decide to wait and come back later, you will find they have disappeared, as they wither and die soon after the sunlight touches them.

Details:  Canon 7D  |   Canon 100mm f2.8L macro   |   f/5.6  |   1/100 sec   |   ISO 400

Happy Friday everyone and remember to make everyday beautiful!

Project 365 - Folded

Project 365 - Folded

The prompt for Day 33 over at Capture Your 365 is:  Folded.

So many options came to mind for this one!

My first option was petals folded together, waiting for the flower to bloom.

My settings:  Canon 7D, Canon 100mm f2.8L macro, f/3.2, 1/800 sec, ISO 100.

 

My second option was lichen folded around a fence post.

My settings:  Canon 7D, Canon 100mm f2.8L macro, f/3.2, 1/2000 sec, ISO 400.

 

My third option and the one I decided to go with was folded paper.

My settings:  iPhone5C using ProCamera and edited with Mextures.

 

I did think of a fourth option, which was folding laundry, but I didn't feel like doing any more laundry today. LOL!

Hope you enjoyed these ideas and remember to make everyday beautiful!

Friday Favourites - Week 2 2016

Friday Favourites - Week 2 2016

Here are my favourite images taken over the past week:

This image of a rose from my garden was taken with an iPhone 5C using ProCamera and edited with VSCO as part of my 365 project for the prompt:  Monochrome.

This image was taken on an iPhone 5C using an Olloclip.  The background was originally whiteas part of my 365 project for the prompt: Mostly White.  But I felt the white subject didn't stand out against the background.  It was kind of dull.  It needed something more.  So I added several layers of texture using Mextures.

This is my favourite image of the week and is titled:  A Dramatic Ending.  This is the same Cosmos flower that has been in my previous posts.  Even though the petals had started to wither, I wanted to make it look like it wasn't finished just yet.  To get this shot, I placed the flower on a white board next to a window.  A second white board was placed behind it.  This was captured on an iPhone 5C using the ProCamera app and edited in Mextures.

Happy Friday Everyone and remember to make everyday beautiful!

Friday Favourites - Week 1 2016

Friday Favourites - Week 1 2016

Here are my favourite images taken over the past week:

This photo was taken with an iPhone 5C.  What I love about this image is the detail in the petals, the beautiful colours, as well as the dark background.  What makes this even more special is that it was unedited. 

I purchased this vase during the week with the intention of using it for photo props.  This was taken with an iPhone 5C and edited in Mextures.  My aim was to use texture that was a similar colour to the vase to make the flower stand out.  This is also the same flower that was in the previous image.

What I love about this image is that it is not as it appears.  These are not flowers.  They are the discarded stems from a Pak Choy plant used for making dinner.  My aim was to give this image a vintage feel.  This was taken with an iPhone 5C and edited in Snapseed.

 

Happy Friday Everyone and don't forget to make everyday beautiful!

 

Project 365 - One Word

Project 365 - One Word

Have you heard of the One Little Word project?

This project was started by Ali Edwards and it involves choosing one word at the beginning of the year and using it as your theme for the year.  This year is my first time participating in the project and my word is: SHINE.

Over at Capture Your 365 this month, one of the themes is:  One Word.  So I'm going to show you a few different ways you could photograph your one word.

 

You could take a photo of your word in your own writing.  For this image, I used a miniature black board on an easel and wrote my word in chalk.

 

Board games can provide a great resource for word display.  Our Scrabble game came in very handy for this shot.

Craft items can be very useful for creating a word.  I used some alphabet beads with thread to create a word bracelet.

Sometimes when I have absolutely no idea what I'm going to photograph for the prompt, my go to image is a photograph of the word in the dictionary.  Another idea would be to take an image from a favourite book where the word is used.

You don't even need to include your word in the image at all.  Instead you could photograph something that represents your word.  This image of a shining star was taken on my iPhone.

This is my favourite image.  It shows only part of the star with lots of negative space.  Only a small portion of the star is in focus.  That is how I choose to tell my story.

 

If you would like to start a 365 project, you can join in at any time.  It doesn't need to be January 1.  Come visit us over at Capture Your 365.  The monthly prompt list can be found over on the blog.  You can also sign up for free emails with tips for your photography.  If you would like to get even more resources for your 365 project, click on the button below to check out the different membership options.

Cosmos Flower

Cosmos Flower

I love photographing flowers and not just when they are in full bloom.  The different stages of a flower's growth can be really interesting and beautiful too.

All of the images below were taken with a Canon 7D using a 100mm f2.8L macro lens.

f/8.0|  ISO 500|  1/320 sec

A new flower bud appears.

f/3.5|  ISO 400|  1/640 sec

The next day the same flower begins to open.  This image was taken late in the afternoon.  The sun was shining and the flower was in the shade making the colours more vibrant.

f/5.6|  ISO 1000|  1/3200 sec

On the third day the flower was fully open.  Sometimes the underside of a flower can be just as interesting as the front.  Note the high ISO and fast shutter speed.  This is because it was an extremely windy day and the flower was moving around a lot.  So by increasing my ISO, I was able to use a very fast shutter speed to freeze the action.

f/5.6|  ISO 1000|  1/3200 sec

The view from above.  If you look really close, the centre appears to be filled with tiny, yellow stars.

 

Welcome 2016!

Welcome 2016!

I would like to wish you and your families a happy and healthy 2016!  Thank you so much for supporting Butterfly Rose Designs over the last 12 months and I look forward to sharing 2016 with you.

Project 365 - 2015 A Review

 

In the next few days I will have completed my second 365 project.  I found it to be quite a different experience from last year. So what has changed this time around?

 

I picked up my camera almost every day without even giving it a second thought.  Taking a photo every day has truly become a habit for me. Once you get use to taking photos daily, it feels strange when you don’t.

Day 002 - Think Over

Day 018 - Balance

Most days I followed the prompts and on other days it was more important to document my day.  Last year I tried to follow the prompts as closely as I could.  I love how the prompts can give you some ideas when you can’t think of what to photograph.  I also love how a prompt can take you out of your comfort zone and challenge you to try something new. This time around, I was much more relaxed with my project.  If what was happening with my day fit in with the prompt - then great.  If not, that was okay too.  Your 365project is your project and you should make it work for you.

Day 038 - Gateways (Off Prompt)

Day 151 - On The Loose

I used a Speedlite.  Last year I avoided using my flash because I didn’t really know what I was doing.  Now I love how I am able to capture the details in any light.

Day 211 - Marker (Off Prompt)

Day 228 - Contrast

I didn’t take a photo every day.  It’s okay if you miss a day.  I didn’t miss a day last year but this year I did and, yes, I was disappointed that it happened.  Sometimes life gets really busy or you get sick. I’m still happy that I kept my project going and didn’t give up because it wasn’t perfect.  On the plus side, you can always note that you missed the day and why.

Day 250 - Bold

I used my phone to take a lot of my everyday photos.  Whenever the monthly phone photo prompt came around I used to cringe.  My phone photos were terrible.  I couldn’t understand how I could take photos with my dSLR so easily, yet when it came to something simple like a phone it just wouldn’t work for me. So I was determined to use my phone as much as I could.  I read books, followed several phone photography sites and practiced every day.  Now, I not only love phone photography but also edit photos on my phone too.

Day 307 - Where I Stand

Day 317 - A Shade Of Pink

Day 326 - Thankful For Food

Day 347 - Scarlet (Off Prompt)

Day 348 - Bloom

I didn’t share every photo online.  Last year I took photos based around what I was comfortable sharing online.  This time around, I took photos that I knew I would be keeping just for me and my family – the funny faces, the mistakes, the mess.  Some memories are really too special to share with the rest of the world.

 

 

What hasn’t changed?

I still believe that a 365 project is one of the best things you can do for your photography.  When you practice every day and try different things you grow as a photographer. When I pick up my camera, whether it is my dSLR or my phone, I know which settings to use without giving it a second thought.  It comes down to practice, learning everything about your equipment and making the best with what you have.  If something isn’t working for you don’t give up.  Try a different angle, move yourself or your subject if you can.  Try different light.  Some of my best images are my Plan B’s.

Not doing the project alone is really important. Many years ago I tried doing the project by myself.  I didn’t share online, I didn’t even tell my family about it and I gave up.  Having the support of your family, friends and an online community really works.  At first it can be really daunting putting yourself and your images out there. I’m so glad I did and I’m so grateful for the beautiful friends I’ve made.

2016 is just around the corner so why not make it your year.  Whether it is your first 365 project or one of many.  I’ll be back again at Capture Your 365.  Come join me!

 

Afternoon Tea With Friends

Afternoon Tea With Friends

I was honoured to be the photographer at this year's Afternoon Tea With Friends.

This event raises much needed funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation in Australia.

It was also a wonderful opportunity to get together with friends, as well as support and remember those whose lives have been touched by breast cancer.

The room was elegantly decorated, with pink being the colour of the day.

 

Nutella Meringues

Nutella Meringues

The weather has been very cold lately.  Not the kind of temperatures where you want to be outside taking pictures.  So I decided it was time for some food photos which means baking.   It was also a good excuse to make the kitchen lovely and warm. 

I was in the mood for some Nutella.  After searching for some recipes online, I found one at Cream Puffs In Venice.

With only five ingredients, these meringues are very easy to make, the kitchen smells wonderful while they are in the oven and they taste delicious.

Enjoy!

Some See A Weed, Some See A Wish

"Some see a weed, some see a wish."

~unknown~

 

I love that quote.  Sometimes it's how you look at things that can make a difference.

When trying to photograph this Common Sow Thistle, I moved a little closer to try and get a better shot.  Unfortunately, I moved a little too close and bumped the plant causing the puff to disintegrate.  Fortunately, I managed to capture a couple of shots as the seeds when flying through the air.