March 17th, 2011

Bloom Quest: Crocus and Snowdrop edition

Today was the first meeting-free day of the week, and my friend Michelle and I got outside for a few minutes to check in on spring. I know they’ve been out for a couple of weeks now, but this is the first time I’ve seen snowdrops and crocuses in person. We stretched right out on the Rodale walking trail to take these photos.

snowdrops backlit

snowdrop01

We saw this lone purple crocus taking in the sun. The sunlight was gorgeous, but the shadows were quite harsh. I forgot my diffusion screens today, but Michelle used her hooded sweatshirt to create shade.

purple crocus

This last shot is a TTV image. You create the image by taking a photo with one camera through the viewfinder of another camera. TTV is a  fun way to reuse old waist-level viewfinder cameras. I found my Kodak Duaflex and a Starflex at thrift stores, and made a shooting tube to block light leaks. (You can find templates online.) Your images will be backwards, but you can flip them in a program like Photoshop and crop them to a square size. Over the years, my favorite TTV photos have been of retro architecture, but the weather was nice and the flowers were willing, and it was fun to play outdoors.

ttv crocus

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