Joe’s senior portraits

2 12 2021

Joe is the son of my studio partner and friend, Anna. I photographed him last month in a local park that had gorgeous fall color. Special thanks to Michael Powell for assisting!

Nikon D850, 85mm lens, Westcott FJ400 strobe with softbox

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Saucy gardener

7 11 2021

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Here’s another of my “experimental” portraits of Shawna in her wonderful desert-inspired garden. We wanted to do something sophisticated but contrast the look with those fun gardening boots. Shawna added the (mock)tail for a bit of panache!

Shawna is an accomplished author and a passionate anti-inflammatory wellness lifestyle advocate.

Check out her website here: https://shawnacoronado.com/

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Shawna of the desert

7 11 2021

These are just a few of the shots I did of my friend Shawna Coronado when I visited her on my “Arizona or Bust 2021” road trip that began on Thursday, October 8 and ended when I returned to northern Virginia on October 25.

So before I embarked on my long road trip, Shawna texted me, “How do you feel about Annie Leibowitz? Would you feel comfortable doing something over-the-top creative?” She wrote the magic words every artist wants to hear.

(Behind-the-scenes notes: The velvet dress was purchased online for $30; the fabric was $4 a yard and I bought it just a few hours before I drove over to her house…I had no idea what I would do with it, but with that sunset-southwest-ombre palette, I knew I had to have it. Shawna brought the cool lattice chair from her house and we shot just after sunrise in a local park. Shawna calls her curls “wild child hair” and I thought it mimicked the wild cholla cactus behind her quite well.)

I did lots of promo shots for Shawna for her business and then we spent this day doing more “fantasy/experimental” shots for fun. These are two of those shots.

Isn’t that ombre fabric just perfect for this shot?

Who’s next? 🙂

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Stargazer lilies

12 07 2021

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Thought I’d play with the black velvet background behind this group of Stargazer lilies blooming in my backyard garden this afternoon. I’ve previously done single blooms (mostly of Bearded irises), but wanted to see what the effect would be for an entire grouping of blooms. I shot this image with my iPhone 12 Pro Max using the Camera+ 2 app in macro mode.





American lotus

11 07 2021

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Nikon D850, Nikkor 105mm micro





Blue Dasher dragonfly

11 07 2021

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Nikon D850, Tamron 180mm macro





In the studio with Michael Powell

25 06 2021
In the studio with Michael #ConversePride
Michael P says: I am celebrating Pride Month 2021 with sole. T-shirt from the Converse 2021 Pride Collection, hightop Converse All-star Sneakers 2020 Pride Edition, and white Levi’s 501 jeans.
Michael is an accomplished nature/wildlife photographer as well as a gifted storyteller. Check out his blog here: https://michaelqpowell.com/




Gladiolus in my garden

18 06 2021

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Alliums

19 05 2021

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Irises at Green Spring Gardens

19 05 2021

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Pocket garden, year #2

19 05 2021

And so it begins—my second year of creating the “hanging garden of Babylon,” as Michael calls it. This year I added a lot more punchy color with red and pink polka dot plants and geraniums with colorful leaves. I added an Asparagus fern, coleus, white and green polka dot plants, sweet potato vines in three color variations and several ivies. Stay tuned for the metamorphosis!





Bleeding hearts

18 05 2021

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(Nikon D850, Nikkor 105mm micro lens)





Bearded irises galore in my garden (bouquet #2)

13 05 2021

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Bearded irises galore in my garden (bouquet #1)

13 05 2021

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Bearded iris blooming in my garden

8 05 2021

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Japanese Roof Iris

29 04 2021

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iPhone 12 Pro Max / Camera+ 2 app in macro mode

 





Japanese Roof Iris

29 04 2021

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Nikon D850 / Nikkor 105mm micro





Peony ‘Henri Potin’ (Paeonia lactiflora)

26 04 2021

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(iPhone 12 Pro Max, Camera+ 2 app in macro mode)





Roof iris ‘Alba’

26 04 2021

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(iPhone 12 Pro Max, Camera+ 2 app in macro mode)

 





Siberian iris with bumblebee

26 04 2021

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Photography in the Garden Mini-Magazine

14 04 2021

Here’s my updated Photography in the Garden how-to magazine. Enjoy!

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Download here: garden-howto-102020-web





Smartphone Nature Photography Workshop at Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria, VA

14 04 2021
Saturday, May 1
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
(Social distancing / masking will be in place for safety)
(16-Adult) Learn techniques to improve your smartphone nature photography with the help of professional photographer Cindy Dyer. Get a better understanding of composition, color and lighting, and learn how to use your camera settings. Then, practice what you learned with an in-class garden photography shoot, critique and lesson on editing. The program at Green Spring Gardens runs from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The cost is $55 per person. For more information, call 703-642-5173.
Green Spring Gardens is located at 4603 Green Spring Road in Alexandria, VA.
To register, visit https://bit.ly/3wWcBJq
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Feed me, Seymour!

14 04 2021

This one is, well, um, interesting. It’s got a Little Shop of Horrors “Feed me, Seymour” vibe. I’ll capture it fully unfurled and see if its demeanor changes.

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Parrot tulips blooming in my new garden bed

14 04 2021

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Bleeding hearts

11 04 2021

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Parrot tulip blooming in my garden

10 04 2021

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Grape hyacinth (Muscari) blooming in my garden

9 04 2021

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African daisy (Osteospermum)

31 03 2021

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African daisy (Osteospermum)

31 03 2021

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Lobo in the painting studio

21 03 2021

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