unsharpsaturday

Striped Squill (Puschkinia scilloides) Frovolity

Striped Squill (Puschkinia scilloides) Frovolity – Ellie Kennard 2016
Striped Squill (Puschkinia scilloides) Frovolity – Ellie Kennard 2016

This is a flower that I love to see in the Spring as it always reminds me of white and blue striped pyjamas. This year I decided to photograph it in a multiple exposure and think that this really accentuates the lovely airy impression.

I am really enjoying making my series of multiple exposure flowers and I hope you enjoy my shares of them. You can see them in my gallery on my website (in a larger size, too) here:

Have a wonderful week!

 

Light in the Shadows

Light in the shadows - Rhododendron impressions – Ellie Kennard 2016
Light in the shadows – Rhododendron impressions – Ellie Kennard 2016

The wonderful thing about our rhododendron bushes is that they grow in shady areas under trees and give unexpected bright spots of colour. In these darker locations there is not much natural light to use in photographing them which can make it harder to get a good photograph of a single hidden bloom. On top of that there is often a breeze when the sun does fall on them, so they are moving with small flashes of light in the shadows. I have tried before to get a multiple exposure of one of the light ones and this year I managed to catch the airy patterns and petals.

 

Impressions of Magnolia Blossoms

Impressions of a Magnolia Flower- Ellie Kennard 2016
Impressions of a Magnolia Flower- Ellie Kennard 2016

Seeing the beauty in the flowers of the magnolia tree here is one of the wonderful early spring pleasures we have. The sadness is that they last for such a short time before a wind, or the rain, or even a frost, tinges the edges of those large but delicate petals with brown and scatters them in a pink and white carpet beneath the tree.

During the stages of the magnolia’s flowering, there are some of these in full bloom, while some are just opening up. Still others have lost most of their petals, exposing the intricate reproductive parts, male and female. While it can be instructive to see documentary images of each of these stages, I love to see a single depiction that illustrates in a more poetic way each of these phases together. This is a multiple exposure of several flowers blended together to give an impression of the life of the magnolia flower.

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Directions

Powerful Tracks : multiple exposure – Ellie Kennard 2016
Powerful Tracks : multiple exposure – Ellie Kennard 2016

We are enjoying a trip visiting friends and family and the time spent sitting as a passenger can be such a lot of fun when I decide to play with the light and the scene and the camera. This was taken using multiple exposures (6) and an ‘additive mode’ for the technically minded. The resulting file was then inverted (as if it was made from a positive into a negative) which gave this interesting result. To see the full size image go to my website: www.elliekennard.ca/directions and to the website gallery: https://elliekennard.ca/ekgallery/when-life-is-a-blur/

Enjoy your Sunday everyone, if you are travelling or staying at home.

Diaphanous Crocus

Diaphanous Crocus- Ellie Kennard 2016
Diaphanous Crocus- Ellie Kennard 2016

We only had one patch of white crocus this year, so I decided to take several exposures of it and combine them to give one of my favourite effects, which I think distills the essence of the plant, while giving a translucence and delicacy to the flower petals. Spring is supposed to be on the way, but with the world weather patterns shifting there is every chance that we might end up once again buried under mounds of snow. Well, perhaps not every chance. And hopefully no chance at all. Please. Just some sun and warmth. With no black-flies or mosquitoes. (I can dream.)

Enjoy your weekend, whatever the weather!

The full “When Life is a Blur” gallery is here.

Purple

Multiple Exposure Purple African Violet- Ellie Kennard 2016
Multiple Exposure Purple African Violet- Ellie Kennard 2016

The world has lost a great musician this week so purple seems to be the appropriate colour in memory.

Somehow seeing a grouping of African Violets in a multiple exposure image intensifies the experience as they are photographed from multiple angles and combined. This one is a lovely rich purple with beautifully contrasting yellow centres. The tiny hairs on the petals seem to be highlighted by this process.

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A Posy of African Violets For Your Sunday

 

I love the multiple exposure of small flowers and this one of a pink African violet I have on my window sill is one I took this week. I love how it seems to distill the various flowering stages into this one image making it seem to be a small bunch, a posy of colour and light!

Enjoy this on your Sunday wherever you are. It is sunny here, if still quite cold and I am going to take Joni and have a walk on the beach now that the tide is on the way out. I hope you do something as relaxing for the rest of your day.

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Brush Strokes on the Landscape

 

The Journey Passed in a Blur 2

The landscape at the side of a highway is sometimes a surprise of delicate shapes and textures, especially at this time of the year. Gone are the beautiful greens of summer and the brilliant leaves of fall, but the shapes of branches and trunks against the gentle hills, punctuated by the shapely evergreens look like brush strokes on the landscape canvas. A bit of intentional camera blur gives a sigh of movement that is perfect for the grey December mood. Soon the snow will cover everything with a softly deceiving blanket.

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Grace and Resilience

 

The Journey Passed in a Blur 1

There is something that I love about the bare pre-winter landscape with its white birch trunks slim and a little twisted against the rich tones of brown, green and gold vegetation. The black and white project this fortnight had a theme of 'blur' and so I took many unsharp and intentional blurs to be able to pick one that worked best. The photographs I took on this car ride on the highway were so much nicer in colour that I hadn't the heart to strip the life out of them and turn them black and white. I like how the movement in the image reflects the resilience of these slender trunks and bushes and how they have survived storms of wind, rain, ice and snow to grace the fields at the side of the road.

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