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January 18, 2011

Picture Winter Day 18

Filed under: Photo assignments — Karma @ 4:21 pm
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“Center of Attention”

Today was an easy prompt for deciding the subject: “Today, pay attention to one subject that tends to keep showing up in your work – something that captures your eye, time and time again, and begs to be the center of attention for your creativity.” 

 It just so happens that I was going through about 8 months’ worth of photos yesterday to order prints.  I like having photo albums to flip through and realized I hadn’t ordered any prints since May of last year.  To help keep organized, I uploaded by season to Snapfish, creating 4 online “albums.”  On the cover of the albums,  it just so happened that Teddy showed up 3 out of 4 times!  He certainly does beg to be the center of attention, quite literally.  I did submit that photo of Teddy that is currently my header image to the gallery today, but I also worked on photographing another favorite subject; convinced my dear hubby to buy me some flowers!

When I say I “worked” on this subject, I really did!  I read the chapter in Scott Kelby’s Digital Photography book on shooting flowers like a pro, and used some of his tips.  I put the vase on the floor in front of my sliding glass door and draped a white sheet behind the flowers at a 90° angle to the door.  I set my tripod at its lowest height and used the 2 second self timer for the shutter.  I sat on the floor taking pictures of my bouquet for about 40 minutes I think!  Here are some of my favorites:





That last one was taken with my macro converter attached to my 55-250mm lens.

My other centers of attention are busy hanging out in their pj’s and playing video games on this snow/ice day off from school.  Decided not to force them into being my subject today – flowers are more cooperative anyway!



  1. Haha, yes, flowers will usually cooperate with you 😉
    I absolutely LOVE the last one!! Just gorgeous! #3 is a very close second. You did great!

    Comment by thedailyclick — January 18, 2011 @ 4:29 pm | Reply

    • Thanks very much. Got a bit of a back ache sitting on the floor all that time to show for it!

      Comment by Karma — January 19, 2011 @ 8:35 am | Reply

  2. I love your persistence and research! I’m with Michaela on the last two. Sweet!

    Comment by Becky Sue — January 18, 2011 @ 4:53 pm | Reply

  3. Do love the last one K… Your macro converter really does the business… The tips you picked up really did the trick..

    Comment by FS Photography — January 18, 2011 @ 5:15 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Brian – glad you like the flowery-type things!

      Comment by Karma — January 19, 2011 @ 8:36 am | Reply

  4. Beautiful! I love the color and softness. The last 2 are tied for my favorites.

    Comment by Robin — January 18, 2011 @ 6:59 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Robin. Funny how everyone chose the last two – I think I took the first two without the tripod or the backdrop. I guess that stuff really works! 😉

      Comment by Karma — January 19, 2011 @ 8:38 am | Reply

  5. Wait, wait – I believe the main point was glossed over. How, exactly, did you persuade DH to bring you flowers?
    I like #2 myself, and #3, but you know how I am.

    Comment by Gerry — January 18, 2011 @ 8:02 pm | Reply

    • Actually, Gerry, he was on his way out to do some errands and asked if I wanted anything while he was out!
      I’m glad you like #2 – I do too! 🙂

      Comment by Karma — January 19, 2011 @ 8:39 am | Reply

  6. Before I even read the post, I thought ‘it HAS to be a photo of Teddy!’ 🙂

    You, my dear, are learning the photographic process! You have to start SOMEWHERE and allow your brain to stop thinking so the creative edge can creep in. THAT is how you achieved that awesome last image!! 🙂

    Comment by milkayphoto — January 19, 2011 @ 1:46 pm | Reply

    • Thank you Tracy. I do love that macro converter when it does right by me!

      Comment by Karma — January 19, 2011 @ 7:33 pm | Reply

  7. Fabulous! This may be why I have much better luck with pictures of baked goods than with hot foods. I just want to put the hot foods into my belly while they are hot and I just snap the picture. But with baked goods, I sometimes take my time and find good light and props and angles.

    Comment by Jennifer A (Bread and Putter) — January 19, 2011 @ 3:52 pm | Reply

    • Thank you! It makes sense you’d want to get the hot foods in while they are hot!

      Comment by Karma — January 19, 2011 @ 7:34 pm | Reply

  8. That last one is my favorite by far! Makes me want to make use of my extension tubes after a long hiatus. 🙂

    Comment by kanniduba — January 20, 2011 @ 6:27 am | Reply

    • Glad you like! I’d love to see more of your extension tube work posted soon.

      Comment by Karma — January 20, 2011 @ 2:55 pm | Reply

  9. The dreaminess of the last one is my favorite shot!!!

    Comment by plainmama — January 21, 2011 @ 6:27 pm | Reply

    • That was definitely the favorite shot of the day.

      Comment by Karma — January 22, 2011 @ 8:50 am | Reply

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