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Frozen Gerbera Daisies

It’s very cold here this morning – outside at least – and I thought of these frozen beauties that spent so long in my freezer. These gerbera daisies you see here are encased in ice. As I photographed them using a macro lens, you can see the details in the lovely petals and stems and the way the bubbles in the freezing water embrace the blooms and seem to buoy them up. I took the photograph with some natural light, but as the exposure time was sufficiently long, I played with moving additional light around the flowers to highlight different areas during the exposure.

Have a wonderful week everyone!

Frozen Beauties

 

Today it's pouring with rain, dull grey and windy. The leaves have all fallen and the flowers all finished. To cheer myself and everyone else up, I am sharing this photograph of deep frozen Queen Anne's Lace. The details of the tiny flowers that make up the 'platform' of the bloom are exquisite as seen through a macro lens. The flowers are frozen in blocks of ice when they are at their peak and then are preserved until I have time to photograph them (or need freezer space)! Now the Queen Anne's lace plants are just spiky stalks denuded of their blooms, but we have these to remind us of their past (and future) delicacy and glory.

In celebration of the beauties of flowers especially as photographed through ice and with a macro lens to show fine detail, I have created a collection dedicated to this subject.

My posts are on my blog: www.elliekennard.ca .

#macro4all +Macro4All by +Bill Urwin, +Thomas Kirchen, +Walter Soestbergen
#artistphotographeramateurorprofessional +Artist , photographer , amateur or professional curated by +jany viala +Krzysztof Felczak +Chauvin Gene +Dorma Wiggin
#macroaddict (+MacroAddict) curated by +Sandrine Berjonneau, +Ruth Benjamin, +William Banik, +Magy Duarte & +Olivier Poulet
#hqspflowers +HQSP Flowers curated by +Wayne Lu +Iva Pas +10419852001929985760 +Francine Vanlé +Sonya Murray

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Jubilation!

Jubilation - Ellie Kennard 2015
Jubilation – Ellie Kennard 2015

The situation had become critical. My freezer was filled with flowers to the point where I had no more room for food. I decided that I had better get some of these blocks of flowery ice out and see what they had become, frozen forever in the attitude they took when first plunged into the water. In my experience it’s not easy to know what will work as far as frozen blooms are concerned. They have a habit of moving around randomly as though alive before they slowly but surely are trapped by the hardening ice.

This spray of gerbera daisies seems to be full of exultation, almost leaping up with the spikes of bubbles that encase them. I hope they bring a ray of sunshine to the start of your week.

To photograph this I decided to play with the light by using a torch (flashlight) and moving it around during the exposure to bring more light to certain areas. Thanks to the whole team on the #blur mentorship, including Alex Lapidus, our wonderful mentor, who introduced so many exciting techniques to our photographic toolbag.

And before you ask, no, I don’t seem to have much more room for having released two of the frozen blocks, of which this was one. So I had better get some more out again soon if we are going to be able to eat.

Jewels Fit For an Autumn Bride

The webs in this pile of leaves seem to be like jewelled necklaces that hold them together, strung as they are now, with beautiful gems all along them. This is one of my favourite photos taken for the daily photography project I undertook in 2012. I found it again the other day when a friend commented on another webby photo and thought it was worth sharing it again. I always feel really happy when I see it with its warm tones, leathery textures contrasted with the drops and all tied together with these thin filaments of web. I hope it makes you feel the same today!

#macro4all +Macro4All by +Bill Urwin, +Thomas Kirchen, +Walter Soestbergen
#macroaddict (+MacroAddict) curated by +Sandrine Berjonneau, +Ruth Benjamin, +William Banik, +Magy Duarte & +Olivier Poulet
#hqspmacro +HQSP Macro curated by +Stefanie Schächtel+Igor Schevchenko +Peter Marbaise +Evi Verstraeten +Anja Wessels

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Floral Flounces – 137/365

Floral Flounces - Ellie Kennard 2014
Floral Flounces – Ellie Kennard 2014

Original Post: June 1, 2014 #13/365 project

Now where was I? Mostly having busy and fun times which have kept me from the computer, but I still had my camera, waiting to post my images when I could. My computer time is limited, but I will post as I can. Enjoy your summer!

This was a photo taken last week, using the macro lens. Steven gave me a beautiful bouquet of flowers (remember, always have flowers…). The macro lens makes these flower petals look like the soft silk flounces of a beautiful skirt.

Gerber Daisy 3 – 74/365

There was something that really appealed to me about the fuzzy top of this wilting gerber daisy flower. Okay, so I'm almost as obsessive as Joni! (I took more photographs of the daisies on Sunday, but might spare you that for a later date.) This is a macro, but not at the 1:1, as I wanted a bit more depth of field. 

This was for Saturday's posting. I am thinking of my friend +Robin Griggs Wood at this time.

#365project +G+ 365 Project by +Simon Davis-Oakley +Patricia dos Santos Paton

HQSP Macro  curated by  +Anja Wessels +Chandro Ji +Terrie Gray +Dorothy Pugh +Sandrine Berjonneau #hqspmacro +HQSP Macro

#macromonday by +Sandra Parlow +Jeff Moreau +Kerry Murphy +Kelli Seeger Kim

#macro4all +Macro4All by +Walter Soestbergen +Bill Urwin  +Thomas Kirchen

#naturephotos by +Robert SKREINER +NATURE & MACRO Photos
+NATURE & MACRO Photos 

HQSP Flowers  curated by  +Anja Wessels +Kawthar A +Krystina Isabella Brion +jon-paul Jones +Maria B-R