A Rose Is Still A Rose No Matter How You Photograph It

A Rose Is Still A Rose No Matter How You Photograph It

A Rose Is Still A Rose No Matter How You Photograph It

“O wow! We gotta stop.”

My wife sounded the alarm as we were driving on a very wet and cloudy spring day. We had just passed the rose garden at Mesa Community College. The colors were just bursting out and jumping out onto to the road that made us stare in disbelief as we whizzed by.

“Pull over or we are going to hit someone.” She cried out again.

“We do not have any of our camera gear with us,” I said, as we pulled into the parking lot next to the garden. Waiting for the down pour of rain to stop we planned our next course of action as we viewed this amazing site from the car window.

Rose Photograph
Photography of a Rose
Photography of a Rose
Cell Phone Photography

A Rose Is Still A Rose No Matter How You Photograph It

 

Everything was perfect. Cloudy overcast day with rain is just what the doctor ordered when it comes to photographing flowers. Those days are rare in the deserts of Arizona let me tell you.

My wife and I have been professional photographers for many years, so we know what it takes to capturing great looking images in many different elements.

We decided to have some fun and take our time dodging rain drops and just use our cell phones. We both have been wanting to experiment with the built-in camera on our iPhone’s.

It was cool out and rain drops were on all the roses and best of all we had very diffused lighting because of the cloud cover. The light was very even and gives a delicate feel to whatever you photograph.

Cell Phone Photography
Closeup Photography
Closeup Photography

Cell Phone Photography

No one else was in the garden because of the rain so we had the whole place to ourselves. When it got heavy we would get back in the car and marvel over the images we just took (isn’t digital just grand) and, when the rain let up, out we would go again.

This cat mouse game with the elements lasted for a couple of hours. We did not want to stop and would squeal back and forth to each other at the next colorful rose we each just discovered.

Flower Photography
Flower Photography

I am a photographer at heart but I am also a graphic artist. I love taking images and combining them with text to tell a more complete visual story. These are small packets that infuse a couple of human senses at once.

When we arrived home…

…that late afternoon we were both tired but happy campers. One thing I have always loved about photographing in the elements was that it gave us an excuse to get back outdoors and explore God’s creation.

Capturing a little sliver of time on this planet so we can revisit it over and over again is precious to us both.

Flower Photography

And of course, the most beautiful rose of them all is my wife. She is my life partner, fellow world explorer through our love of photography and most of all, seeker of the truth in God and Jesus.

A Rose Is Still A Rose No Matter How You Photograph It

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Salvation Army Christmas Event Phoenix A Photographers Perspective

Salvation Army Christmas Event Phoenix A Photographers Perspective

Salvation Army Christmas Event Phoenix A Photographers Perspective

I became involved 8 years ago with the Salvation Army Christmas event and I have not been the same since.

The first event was on Thanksgiving that year and I strictly attended as a photojournalist type observer.

I took many great images that day but after watching how involved everyone was, I wanted to do more.

I was invited to be one of ten photographers that would photograph portraits for the poor and needy on Christmas morning just before the Christmas dinner at the Phoenix Civic Center.

Salvation Army Christmas Event Phoenix A Photographers Perspective
Salvation Army Christmas Event Phoenix A Photographers Perspective

I jumped on the opportunity. That first Christmas was a blast but very chaotic.

I invited different family members and friends that were photographers to help pitch in the following year.

We all enjoyed it very much and felt like were giving back to the community in a big way on a very important day.

After a couple of years, I asked the leader of Christmas event if I could be the lead organizer for the portrait photography because I had some ideas on how help making it run smoother with all the hundreds of portraits that need to be taken and the 60 or so photographers and their helpers.

Salvation Army Christmas Event Phoenix A Photographers Perspective
Salvation Army Christmas Event Phoenix A Photographers Perspective
Salvation Army Christmas Event Phoenix A Photographers Perspective

Over the years, we came up with some very helpful techniques that helped eliminate most of the chaos that surrounds an event this size.

This year I decided to take some video and record video interviews with some of the organizers and people helping to make this all work.

Salvation Army Christmas Event Phoenix A Photographers Perspective
Salvation Army Christmas Event Phoenix A Photographers Perspective
Salvation Army Christmas Event Phoenix A Photographers Perspective

I put together a video with music, interviews, photographs and some high-speed images to help explain it all and give people a taste for all that went on that day every year.

I made two versions.

A short one of about two and half minutes with just music and images and longer one of about eight minutes with all the interviews included.

They are fun and positive video’s.

The first video is the short version. 

The second video is the long version. 

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They help to explain to prospective clients about who they are and what their business can do for them. Its a very powerful tool.

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Salvation Army Christmas Event Phoenix A Photographers Perspective

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