Wednesday Vignette – dumb luck


Epimedium ‘Supernova’

The good news this week is that I finally found the charger cable to my beloved camera, which had been missing for over a month. (Don’t ask where.) Freshly charged, I went outside to play with the LCD monitor to see if I could learn how to use it to shoot tricky angles – like for example objects at ankle level. It is this cool function where the touch screen hinges out, and you can turn it whatever which way in relation to the lens, so that you can follow what it is pointing to via the monitor, even if you can’t actually put your eye to the view finder. It’s a little like playing those brain games with mirrors – it takes a little getting used to. I don’t think I have ever taken a decent photo of an Epimedium before, and suddenly all that changed. I’m really pleased with this how this one turned out.  🙂

About annamadeit

Born and raised in Sweden, my aesthetics and outlook on life are strongly shaped by a culture rich in history and tradition. I care a great deal about environmental responsibility, and my aesthetic reflects the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia. I was trained as an architect at the University of Cincinnati and as a color specialist at the Scandinavian Colour Institute in Stockholm. I'm obsessed with plants and gardens, and aim to take my skill set a step further by designing gardens as well as interiors. As someone so aptly said: " Architecture is the skin that separates the exterior from the interior". So true - you can't successfully focus on one without incorporating the other. I'm also an avid cook, and I love to ski. In addition, I put time and efforts into trying to rectify things that I feel are wrong in my immediate community. As you will see, The Creative Flux will touch on all these things, and more. For sure, it's all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blog!
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20 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – dumb luck

  1. rickii says:

    Hah! Beats crawling around on your belly to get a worn’s eye view. Great results!

  2. Alison says:

    Aw, you’ve taken all the fun out of getting those difficult shots. Now you won’t have to crouch down uncomfortably whilst trying to twist your body into a pretzel shape AND look through the viewfinder, while also trying not to fall over. That’s what I do. My WV post is here:

    • annamadeit says:

      This magical twisty hinged screen is marvelously useful, and one of my favorite parts of this camera. I can’t wait to become more proficient at it!

    • annamadeit says:

      Well, I think you take some awesome photos even without one, but I have to say this feature makes those gnarly, hard-to-get to shots much more accessible.

  3. Kris P says:

    It’s a wonderful shot of a beautiful plant. How I wish I could grow epimedium! I included a Wednesday Vignette shot in a post on a recent trip to the Getty Center:

    Thanks for hosting, Anna!

    • annamadeit says:

      I wish you could too. It’s a great plant. But, on the other hand, I wish I could grow Leucadendrons… I guess we’ll just have to enjoy them vicariously through each other’s photos. 🙂

  4. Very nice photo of an interesting blossom. Yes, this flower is like the snowdrops, hanging their heads down, one never feels they’ve seen the best view. Thanks for sharing your little ‘tricks’!

  5. These are the coolest flowers! Like Kris, I wish I could grow epidemiums. Have tried and failed, tried and failed, given up.

    What I *can* grow are succulents although these are in a friend’s garden here in Davis:

  6. Awesome shot! I’m grateful that you found your charger cord just so you could share this image with us.

  7. Evan says:

    The tilting screen is what I miss most about my last camera. My new one has a fixed screen, so I haven’t really managed any of those difficult shots with it. Newer models in the same line have it, but I’ll have to save up for one of those, and wait for prices to come down. Great shot of that Epimedium. Even with a tilting screen, it can be so hard to get those delicate and very three-dimensional flowers in focus. Here’s my contribution:

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks Evan! Yes, some flowers are definitely harder to photograph than others. I have the worst time with Fuchsias. Maybe with this new trick, I will be able to pull it off…?

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