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

I was born and raised in Sweden, By now, I have lived almost as long in the United States. The path I’ve taken has been long and varied, and has given me a philosophical approach to life. I may joke that I’m a sybarite, but the truth is, I find joy and luxury in life’s simple things as well. My outlook on life has roots in a culture rich in history and tradition, and I care a great deal about environmental stewardship. Aesthetically, while drawn to the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia, I also have a deep appreciation for the raw, the weathered, and the worn - materials that tell a story. To me, contrast, counterpoint, and diversity are what makes life interesting and engaging. Color has always informed everything I do. I’m a functional tetrachromat, and a hopeless plantoholic. I was originally trained as an architect working mostly on interiors, but soon ventured outside - into garden design. It’s that contrast thing again… An interior adrift from its exterior, is like a yin without a yang. My firm conviction that everything is connected gets me in trouble time and time again. The world is a big place, and full of marvelous distractions, and offers plentiful opportunities for inquiry and exploration. I started writing to quell my constant queries, explore my discoveries, and nurture my curiosity. The Creative Flux was started in 2010, and became a catch-all for all kinds of intersecting interests. The start of Flutter & Hum at the end of 2013 marks my descent into plant nerd revelry. I occasionally contribute to other blogs, but those two are my main ones. For sure, topics are all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blogs!
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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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