Signs of spring

8 03 2009

The snow from earlier in the week (see my Currier & Ives posting about Monday’s snowfall here) has melted, and this afternoon I discovered the harbingers of spring—Hellebores and Crocus—were blooming wildly in the front yard garden. We had just returned from the Meadowlark 2009 Photography Expo at the Meadowlark Botanical Garden in Vienna and I had my camera handy. Jeff Evans, friend and fellow photographer, joined us for this adventure. I recently blogged about Jeff’s exhibit at Gallery West in Alexandria here. Although the show ended February 1, Jeff’s work is on display there and in A Show of Hands, a Del Ray area gallery that recently relocated to 2301 Mt. Vernon Avenue in Alexandria, Virginia.

Each year I have to remind myself to look for the Hellebore blooms. These downward-facing flowers are quite shy and always hide their beauty, so when I catch a glimpse of the lime green, pink, or purple hues, I grab my camera. I posted a nice shot of one in bloom in last March here. As I plunked myself down in the middle of the bed of Pachysandra to photograph these blooms this afternoon, I was forced to assess all that needs to be done to get the garden looking good again. There’s work to be done, that’s for sure!

Speaking of the Meadowlark 2009 Photography Expo, I bought a Lensbaby Muse from Hunt’s Photo and Video‘s booth. I also discovered David Honl’s product line, HonlPhoto, at Penn Camera‘s booth. I bought the HonlPhoto Speed Strap, Gel Kit, and the 8″ Speed Snoot to use on my strobes and Nikon Speedlights. I’m always on the lookout for accessories to improve and stretch my flash capabilities. These products are reasonably priced, simply designed, and will take up very little room in my already full camera bag. Check ’em out!

I’m also debating on whether to get one of the HonlPhoto Speed Grid attachments. Read about their application on the Strobist site here. By the way, this website is an excellent resource for photographers who want to learn more about lighting!

The show continues tomorrow (Sunday) and if you’re in the area, it’s worth a visit. All of the vendors offer show prices on their products during the show. The entrance fee is $5. And don’t forget to check out the juried exhibition of photos from local camera clubs.

And after not checking the mail for two days, I discovered my Nikon Speedlight DVD, featuring photographers Joe McNally and Bob Krist, had arrived.

Photo inspiration. Photo chat. Photo gadget bargains. Beautiful weather. First blooms of spring. Neighbors out to chat. Something other than bills arrived in the mail. Today was an especially good day!

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved.

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8 03 2009
edvatza

Very nice images, Cindy. Have you noticed how similar our shooting styles are?
;^) You’re right of course, our styles are pretty similar on the flower front. I am chomping at the bit to get out and begin photographing some wildflowers, garden flowers and such but nothing is blooming in this part of Pennsylvania just yet. So like yesterday, I go in search of birds. And more often than not, I’m enjoying flowers vicariously through your posts.

9 03 2009
chloë

hi cindy
i went into the city with my friend on the weekend & we took photographs of the firesworks
however, there were 6 or so that just turned into smoke & i think this affected the way my photograhps turned out
could you take a look & let me know what you think(?) i shot handheld because there wasn’t anywhere i could set my tripod up & be able to see
thanks 🙂

the first photograph is wonderful i love it, i bet it smells lovely

9 03 2009
Sam

Hi Cindy,

I was trying to reply to you on your enquiry for our speedlight pro kit to no avail (mails got rejected).

Thanks for your interest in our kits and you may want to have a look at Midwest Stock Exchange, our dealer in US for more about our products. http://www.mpex.com/browse.cfm/2,738.html

Thanks & regards,

Sam

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