Monday, February 7, 2011

Last year I began a winter photography project called Flowers for Five.  I picked up flowers or a flower for five dollars and photography the daylights out of the bouquet or stem. The project brought together two of my long-standing love affair with flowers and a new found infatuation with photography.  When my world is clothed in monochromatic winter white, flowers paint my soul with all the colors of a rainbow after a spring rain. Photographing the ephemeral beauty that embodies flowers is a joyful pursuit.  

I found a small bunch of pale, pink gossamer petals that whispered light, love, and tulips and resisting was simply not in the equation.  
What is more romantic than pink tuplips, soft and vulnerable in the dead of winter?
"You agree--I'm sure you agree, that beauty is the only thing worth living for."
~ Agatha Christie


  1. Dear Teresa, Flowers for Five sounds an interesting and fun project. Your tulip photographs are stunning in their beauty. Did you take photography lessons? I would be interested to know what camera you use. I would so much like to improve my photography. P x

  2. Hi Pam! I've never taken a photography class, but I do have a background in floral design, which like all visual artistic pursuits follows the same basic rules. I've done a fair share of reading, researching and trial & error.

    I started my little winter project last winter. I love having fresh flowers in the house and decided to try to achieve this by keeping the purchase at $5. It's truly amazing what flowers you can pick up for just a wee bit of money.

    My camera is nothing more than a a point and shoot Fuji FinePix S700
    Oh how I'd love a Canon DSLR with all the fancy gadgets and lenses. Perhaps someday. I prefer natural light. I do use to tweak photos. I'm planning to purchase Photoshop Elements in the near future.

    In my humble opinion photography is all about your view, through the lens and through processing. I hope this helped a wee bit, but I think you take wonderful photos now.

  3. Dear Teresa, These fragile beauties are just perfect for a romantic theme.Palest pink, frail and you say, who could resist their charm?

    Your photography skills are developing tremendously, although who am I to judge without even a camera. But, I do like the way that your images are composed, enabling your readers to see what you create rather than what might in reality be there. Lovely!

  4. Edith...I do love the romance of pink flowers or perhaps it's just me that sees pink as a romantic color. The more photos I take the better photographer I will become...I hope. Some of the photos displayed are SOOC (straight out of camera) nothing done besides cropping. The tulips with watering can took a fair of manipulation to get the softer look. I admit it...I get as excited at the processing as I do with the photographing.

    Thank you for your lively support and kind comments.

  5. Fun project. Helps bring life to our dreary winter, plus pink is pretty.

  6. That is a wonderful idea fora cold winter day. The pictures and tulips are beautiful. I am so ready for flowers.LOL!

  7. Patsi...Thank you for visiting the Cottage on the Corner. Oh how I adore pink flowers.

    Lona...Flowers for five is indeed a fun project for the winter. I tend to get bouquets of one type of flower, but I think it's time to mix it up a bit.

  8. Yes!! I agree with you and Agatha!

  9. That last picture is particularly romantic, but then you can't go wrong with pink tulips.

    Spring bulb flowers are my very favorites (other than roses and peonies) and I have a big vase of red/yellow tulips, purple iris, and almost-orange narcissus on the kitchen table right now.

  10. You know I can't resist tulips either. I think the next batch will be purple, yes? Lovely photos!

  11. Constance...Oh that Agatha Christie, everything she wrote isn't a mystery, afterall.

    Bee...I'm torn between SOOC shots that keep things crisp, clear, and colorful and the soft romance achieved with manipulation and textures. Thank goodness I don't have to choose. Thanks for stopping by.

    Hi Robin...I love the color of lavender, lilacs, and buddleia, but I just can't seem to get into purple tulips. I've never grown or purchased one purple tulip. Time to step out of that comfort box, eh? Thanks for visiting.

  12. O Teresa, these photos are so stunning! i do adore tulips, any color, and for our anniversary, husband gave me purple ones that somehow, when they opened became the most gorgeous shade of pink but alas, quite quickly they blew apart as they are prone to...and i had petals all over everywhere! my petals were not as lovely as yours and i have been gazing here for several minutes... i could not type much for several days and so could not comment hardly at all...and it made me insane but am better now[pulled rib cage muscle or something...] anyway, much to wordy..gorgeous lovely ♥


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