Friday flora

Impressionistic double-exposure image. Colour close-up shot of pohutukawa leaves. Image has been slightly overexposed to create a soft effect in pale greens and apricot/bronze shades. Su Leslie 2019

Pohutukawa leaves; double exposure. Image: Su Leslie 2019

Constant rain and high winds in the last couple of weeks have left many flowers looking utterly bedraggled, particularly the magnolia, camellia and rhododendron flowers I so often photograph.

The most colourful find on yesterday’s walk were the pohutukawa trees, with their mix of bright green, red and bronze leaves. Perfect for another double-exposure experiment!  This shot was a bit over-exposed, but I rather like the sof palette of greens and almost apricot shades that resulted.

A delicate dance

Abstract colour close-up double-exposure of pale pink tulip petals. Image: Su Leslie

Tulips; double exposure. Shot with Canon 6D; 100mm macro lens. Image: Su Leslie 2019

Yesterday I discovered that my camera will shoot multiple exposures (and yeah, I am that person who doesn’t read the manual).

My bunch of tulips is rapidly turning to bare stems and a pile of petals, so I feel lucky to have this shot.

 

Imaging the other side of the wire

I’ve reached a new place in my photographic learning. Shots that I was really happy with just a few months ago now seem a bit meh. Sometimes I need to re-shoot. Sometimes, I just want to play with the images in editing tools.

Yesterday I posted a double-exposure image composed of two photos I took at the same time and place.

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Early morning on the Waitemata Harbour at Hobsonville Boat Club. Su Leslie 2018

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Razor-wire fence and seagull in flight. Su Leslie 2018

I quite like both shots, but there is something about that razor-wire fence that disturbs me every time I see it. Behind the fence is a yacht club. Members store little boats in the club compound, so I guess the fence is to keep their property safe.

I can’t help thinking though, of the millions of people around the world who are currently held behind razor wire; in prisons, detention centres, Gaza.

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In my everyday life, I’m outside the wire. But I wonder how small a shift in the political wind would be required to change that.