Haunted Flower Garden

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It might be farthest from my most technically proficient shot, but I love it for the eeriness alone.

It conjures up images of Halloween, Nightmare Before Christmas, graveyards and the like.

The small, white flowers all around the colored flowers blurred to the point they seem like wispy, low-hanging fog. As if the three central flowers are people standing in a spooky graveyard.

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Flowering Step

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I owe my Cousin for spotting this little scene on some wooden steps in Wingfoot Lake Park, in Ohio.

I was so happy to break out my 18-55mm lens after having it sit in my camera bag forever more. It’s been a long time since I used it, but I’m still really happy to have it. I can pull out subtle and focus blur that I just love playing with.

Purple Flower

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This reminds me of a line in a song I really like, “A purple flower came to visit me and landed on my window.” by a rock band called Undercover, on their album Devotion.

This photograph is slightly older. I took this at Quail Hollow in Hartville, Ohio. I also used my awesome Tamron 90mm Macro. I love that macro lens. I saw they made a newer version of it that includes a silent motor housing or technology and image stabilization! Wow!

I’d love to get that new version. It’s so very very hard to get crisp photos from a macro lens without stabilization.

Orange and Yellow Blooming Flower

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Some good ‘ole flower photography. Isn’t this a great-looking flower – big, hearty and beautiful colors!

If you know what kind of flower this is, please, let me know. I’ll update my Blog with the name. Thanks!

This was taken on the grounds of Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens where I took my Stan Hywet Garden Pond photo.

You can check out Stan Hywet on its website – it’s a really pretty place in Akron, Ohio with a huge house and really neat history.

Stan Hywet Garden Pond

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I took this photo a long time ago when I was visiting the Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens in Akron, Ohio. It’s a beautiful place with a fascinating history you can see and read for yourself at the official website.

You’ll probably start seeing me say this a lot, but I’m always unsure of just how I feel about most of my photos. I’d say probably 95% of the time I’m not perfectly happy with my photos. I tend to find little things about each photo I love, but as a complete picture, I’m never really content.

I took this a long time ago and I do love its symmetry and overall composition, but I would have liked to get the reflection brightened so it would POP.

Selling Prints To Help Photoshoot Event Organization

I list all my advice and recommendations for print sizes and styles based on my photos below.

Until it’s no longer needed, 100% of profits on the sale of my prints at SmugMug(Click Here) will go to help the DuBois Area Fantasy Photoshoot(Click Here) organization pay-off a one-time expense.

They are an awesome group and the organizer(1 person) created this now flourishing group of awesome models and photographers out of thin air in the middle of Central Pa.

My Recommended Sizes

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You probably don’t want to go any larger than 8×12. That’s my cameras technically peek size while still maintaining 100% quality. You likely could go larger, but at your own risk – they might still look quite good, but depending on the colors and composition, a drop in quality might be noticeable by the naked eye.

Personally, I’m going to experiment with prints as large as 24×36, but that’s for another Blog post.

To crop or not crop my photos(or picture frame or no frame)

I haven’t yet started better developing my shots to fit more standard frame sizes. That means my photos(at peek quality) are automatically suited for 8×12 prints.

However, 8×10 is a much more common frame size. Even if you use a mat with a larger frame size, 11×14 frames with a mat are usually sized for 8×10 prints.

With that in mind, I recommend(for framing):

  • 5×7(smaller crop) – fits an 8×10 frame with 4.5″ x 6.5″ mat opening
  • 5×7(smaller crop) – common frame size found everywhere.
  • 8×10(cropped) – for common size frame(no mat) – found in most stores.
  • 8×10 (cropped)- fits an 11×14 frame with 7.5″ x 9.5″ mat opening

Largest Unframed size

  • 8×12(Uncropped)

8×10(cropped) is the sweet spot. 8×10 frames are everywhere from a few bucks to much more. You can easily find them in Walmart, drugstores and more. Yes, you have to cut-up my photos, but they still look really good even cropped.

Paper Quality

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I recommend Matte. Matte is actually what a professional printing studio recommended to me for showing proofs of my photos to galleries – and they commonly print for artists in the Philadelphia Pa. area. I trust their word.

Metal is a cool, fun, snazzy new option though! It costs barely any more than Matte. So. If you want to try that out, I recommend it as well.

[08/15/2015 Update] I wanted to go back and explain this in greater detail – most of my model prints are recommended in Matte over anything else. Glossy paper CAN produce more vivid color, which might be preferable for some fantastically colored shots – it also tends to always look wet.

In the end, I personally don’t print much at all, but I think I would likely not stick to only 1 kind of paper – I would likely take into consideration the shot, with maybe giving preference to Matte for modeling and glossy for highly colorful, outdoors and landscape shots, but nothing is ever written in stone.

Conclusion

SmugMug let’s you crop images to your liking and that’s fine with me. It’s easy and you can immediately see what the photo would look like and even adjust where the cropping takes place.

These are only my recommendations and SmugMug offers a slew more to choose from.

Evening Garden

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This was at Price Park in North Canton, Ohio. This is actually where a resident’s backyard meets the park grounds.

It’s a lovely little park that is always very well maintained. It has two distinct areas with a walking path running the length of both and separated by a little bridge over a creek. The are I took this I call the “back area” – mostly a flat green, dotted with trees and the walking patch looping around with some residential houses nearby.

Whoever lives here has some terrific flowers and this fence/gateway in their backyard that comes right up next to part of the park’s walking patch. It’s a little magical, like a Secret Garden.