What now?

Now that you've spent time photographing your favorite subject it's time to start focusing....no pun intended on really looking at your images.

As you learn to get in touch with the emotional side of photography by working through how you feel when you look at a flower, you need to start thinking about how you want your images to look. You may or may not know this at this point. If you do, great. If you don't, try different F-stops. Play with the feel of the image. Play with the camera. Play with the softness and play with the sharpness. Basically...I want you to play, play, play!

Shoot at F2.8, 3.5, 5.6...and so on. Go as high or low as you can. Really think about what your seeing through the viewfinder. How do you feel about each F-Stop? Are you more drawn to crisp, sharp images or are you drawn to the softer side. How sharp, or how soft? You can only discover this by actually doing it. You may say, well I like what you do (me) that's fine but just because you like what I do, does not mean in the end you will want to shoot that way. It's a process. It may happen immediately or it may not. Just give it time.

I realize you probably are not reading this blog because you want to become a professional flower photographer. You may just want to get better at capturing the beauty of flowers you see around you. Perfect. What you put into it, is what you will get out of it. It's all up to you. You decide ultimately how you want to photograph and how much time you want to spend. As I said in my last post, I started this journey to escape from grief. I had a lot of time. I had know idea how much time I would ultimately spend and I had know idea where it would lead...but I'm so happy I had that creative push. I'm happy I had an outlet that helped me move forward because I've met some pretty wonderful people in photography and I've had some amazing laughs with people I would not know if it had not been for my gift.

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