For Sheer Joy

For Sheer Joy - Ellie Kennard 2016
For Sheer Joy – Fuchsia – Ellie Kennard 2016

This image of a single fuchsia represents for me the distilled joy and the beauty of flowers, in particular the delicacy and transience of each bloom of the fuchsia in its short life. It reminds me of a bird taking off and of a ballerina with arms raised gracefully, about to leap into the air in the arms of her partner. It seems to radiate the sheer joy of living and life.

I hope you enjoy it and it helps to make your weekend joyful and bright! It is another in my series of multiple exposure floral images.

These multiple exposures are all on my blur gallery here

Views of a Daylily

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Next time you're in a garden, try a little experiment. Walk all around a flower such as this daylily. Look at it closely from every angle and see how the curve of every petal, each stamen, the pistil are all set just so one folding into another, rising out of the whole. See how the colours subtly blend, from the secret, deep almost hidden centre to the airy light softness that reaches out of the protective cup into the bright sun. How this colour is perfectly complemented by the leaves, the stem and buds. Nothing looks awkward or out of place. Nothing jars or shocks the senses. How much more beautiful can it be?

Then blend all of those views into this image of a daylily.

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#hqspphotoart +HQSP Photo Art curated by +Paul Howard +Anja Wessels
#bellesphotos +Belles photos by +Jean-Louis LAURENCE +Claudya Bonnet
and for #PhotoManiaCanada curated by my friends +Giselle Savoie +Mark HELM
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Purple Aquilegia : Frozen in Time

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This was the photograph that I shared for the BW project for the theme 'Bubbles'. My friend +Ursula Klepper asked to see this in colour and I have to say I do prefer it showing the rich colour of the miniature double aquilegia flowers with the deep yellow stamens.

Why not try freezing flowers or fruit, or….? It can be very addictive and is a perfect occupation for a hot summer day! There is a community dedicated to the fun called "Freeze it Photograph it", here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/107337572996687972080

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Dances with Blurs

Rotation Blur- Ellie Kennard 2015
Rotation Blur- Ellie Kennard 2015

Plus Post Week 2 Blurs and Unsharp Photography: Guided Play 2015

This week has passed in a blur. I’m having so much fun and I feel like a puppy, dancing from picture to picture that I have taken, thinking “I love this one best, … and this one… and this one… and this one!” The techniques that we are learning this week are really unleashing a creativity that I only guessed that I might have and I feel a bit like these flowers that seem to be sucking in whirling colour and energy from the atmosphere in the mentorship and the world around me to be even more colourful and vibrant. Yes, it’s a learning process that I will keep working at even once the mentorship is finished, but the seeds that have been sown in my photographic mind will only continue to produce more and better results with time and practice.

I see the same delight in each of those on the program sharing their wonderful images and each again has a unique way of applying the material we are learning. What a great group of people there is taking part. I want to thank each one of them, students playmates and helpers alike for the support and encouragement they give me (and all of us) as I go through the learning playing process. Special thanks has to go to Alex Lapidus who must be the only person I know who can survive thrive on only one or two hours of sleep a night, spending the rest of his time on the computer looking at our pictures. It seems to make him even more encouraging and helpful. Unbelievable!
Thanks also to the G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers for making all this possible.