I don’t care how old I am; I love Disney! It really is a magical place. Although it’s completely overpriced, if you’re a Florida resident you can often get great deals. I would love to go every year if I could.
These pictures are from a few years ago at Epcot’s Spring Fairy Garden. It’s a truly fascinating exhibit. Everything is made of flowers and plants.
Donald and Daisy
From the Lion King
Butterflies and fairy
American Gothic – Minnie and Mickey
Lady & The Tramp
Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs
Sneezy & Sleepy
I have no idea who those people are in the front, but that’s Donald and Daisy and Pluto behind them
Last year I was asked to judge a photo contest for a camera club. Recently, I was asked to judge again because the club felt that I gave much needed constructive criticism. The keyword here is constructive.
A few of the members had had issues with people saying some pretty mean things about their photos or simply giving criticism without teaching them how to fix the issues. Now this is just a camera club of older folks that enjoy taking photos for a hobby. Some of them are still learning how to use cameras and the basic elements of photography. People are there to learn how to take a better photo, not necessarily have someone tell them that their work sucks. It’s like telling a parent their kid is ugly. Not cool.
In order to demonstrate how I constructively criticize photos as a judge, I will use a few of my own.
Taken with iPhone
Red is a difficult color to photograph, because it tends to lose detail, especially if you’re using an automatic camera. By experimenting with various exposure times you can find the right one to capture the exact color you want. In this photo, I can see detail of the fence, the leaves, and the mulch on the ground. But the biggest issue I see with this is that the main subject – the flower and bud – are both out of focus. That often happens when using automatic cameras and lenses instead of focusing manually. When it comes to things that stand still, such as flowers, I would suggest using a manual focus so you can get the best result.
This is a nice close-up of a really annoying weed. I like the depth of field so I know this is the main subject and the other plants in the background are slightly out of focus. I also like that I can see some of the veins of the leaves. The glare on the leaves tends to take away from their detail. This was either caused by a flash or natural lighting. If this was a flash, you could try diffusing it so you don’t get the glare. If it was caused from natural lighting, you could try to shade it with an umbrella or thin material. The composition is good, as the entire area is filled and the main subject is nicely centered. I would say that if this photo were corrected it would make good stock material more than something with artistic merit.
Oleander trees are abundant in tropical climates, and they can get huge if not trimmed. Each spring, thousands of tiny little buds bloom to reveal fluffy white/yellow or pink petals. Although oleander has been used therapeutically, it also has poisonous side effects.
Without knowing a thing about zinnias, I purchased a few seed packets and planted away. It didn’t take long for the sprouts, and within weeks I had so many bright, colorful flowers all over my garden. Zinnias are easy to grow make awesome little bouquets.
I hadn’t realized how many types of mums existed until I started gardening and trying to identify flowers in photos. The thing is, I still can’t seem to identify them – but at least I now know they are chrysanthemums.
I had the urge to be a little more creative with this one. Just a little!
I use lemons in everything, because they provide a natural and safe detox for the body, not to mention the many other uses I’ve found (i.e. cleaning, laundry, etc.) Since lemons aren’t the cheapest fruit on the stand, last year I purchased my first lemon tree.
These are its first buds!
Unfortunately, these little guys weren’t ready to be fully developed and they quickly died. But aren’t they so cute?!
It took me forever to find out the name of this basil, because it’s so similar to African Blue. Holy Basil has a very pungent scent and grows like a weed. It’s great for Thai cooking, and I just recently found out it’s great for the glucose levels and has high antioxidant properties.