Photographing Cyclamen

This is my favorite capture of the Cyclamen blooming at Lauritzen Gardens this morning. I don’t know if it is the leading line running from lower left to upper right, the pink and white color or the soft background blur of the photograph that appeals to me. I captured this with my 60mm f/2.4 macro lens.

The instructor, Will Fields, wanted us to work with a longer lens today in order take advantage of the compression in longer lenses that contributes to blurring the background. My 60mm f/2.4 macro lens was the longest lens I had with me.

In California, Cyclamen were a winter flower for me. I used to put them in pots on my front porch.

The photo below is probably my second favorite because of the leading lines in the photo and the repetition of the pink on a small Magnolia tree in the background.

The blooms on that Magnolia were just coming into full bloom. I used to have a Star Magnolia until it died following a recent cold Nebraska winter. Thank goodness I have a place to go to photograph a few favorites during the long, cold winters here.

I worked in manual mode today, first with my 35mm f/2.0 lens and then my 60mm f/2.4 macro lens. My work with a course specific to my Fuji X-T2 a few weeks back, recommended by Adryane, really paid off today. I knew my buttons and dials.

My instructor suggested that I look at the work of Henri Cartier-Bresson when I mentioned how much I preferred working with my 35mm single focal length lens, equivalent to a 50mm lens, rather than the 18-135mm zoom that I have. Following a quick search, I’ve already learned that Cartier-Bresson, a French photo journalist, photographed with a 35mm Leica in black and white. When needed, he used a 90mm lens. Will recommended that I research Cartier-Bresson as well as some other famous photographers. So in addition to practicing with my camera, I also have some on line homework.

It’s important to me that I develop my skills both in photography and Photoshop simultaneously this year. I am currently enrolled in two scrapbooking classes with Anna Aspnes. In an effort to continue improving my photography skills, I’m going to enroll in another upcoming photography class on Monday to be offered at the Gardens. I’m loving this dual focus this year.


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  1. Sharron Lamb

    So gorgeous. I like your “second favorite one” the best, and a close 2nd, is the single magnolia blossom. Fabulous DOF.

    • Linda

      Thank you Sharron, I’m going to have to create a page with that one!!

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