From the desert in North Yemen

Endemic to the desert in North Yemen is the Euphorbia achmat but it grows very prosperous in our garden here in South Africa. This is a natural variegated specie with one of the 4 lobes on one side green and the leafs are half green and half yellowish. The non-variegated original specie is yellowish with pale green stripes.

In Black & White the image looks better than in full color.

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There is light, light and … oh… there are so many colorful natural lights

It’s amazing to experience the ever changing colors of natural lights. In the few previous posts I already mentioned it. Also this serie of images were taken at the nearby Stanford River Lodge and these too are taken within a time frame of approximately 45 minutes and without photoshopping except for some cropping and the copyright lines. The Scene Selector of my Sony A77 was adjusted to ‘sunset/dusk’ which adds some extra ‘twilight color’. I chose for for this setting just to add some color to the pictures and to emphasize the changes.

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My first photo-model

In a small village like Stanford it’s not easy to ‘persuade’ people, especially women, to photograph them. Whatever the reason it took a while and against all odds (even her mother said that she would “never ever” do it) Karuna didn’t even think twice. She admits that she hates to be photographed but this time she challenged herself.

I prefer making pictures as natural as possible without artificial lightning and if I use a model I prefer him/her to look natural. The only compromise I make is the use of photo-processing software which I’ve done extensively with Karuna. I’ve been cropping a bit and processing in RAW I shifted the buttons for exposure, black, white, highlights, saturation, contrast, shadow, etc. numerous times to get the desired image. While taking these pictures I tried to emphasize on reflection with the use of windows and a mirror.

But before I really started to work with this first time model I made several snapshots of her and together discussed them. After that I made a serie of approx. 300 portraits and this is what’s left.

BTW: Karuna does not like bananas….

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Flower portraits

Virtually every day I picture flowers in our garden. Me and Yvonne are privileged to live in an area with a year-round floral display. Most of the pictures are erased while they are still on the memory-stick of the camera; some of the others by second thought on my iMac. Flowers are natural art; especially when you look more closely. It’s fascinating! And it’s not only the flowers …….