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In general I’ve noticed that I tend to avoid Pink, not because of some traumatic Pepto Bismol related incident in my youth, but rather I think it’s genetic, you see I’m a guy, I do all the typical guy things that tend to gross out women which in turn usually makes me chuckle so when I saw the theme for Week 38 was “Pink” I thought that I was going to be in trouble. It turns out that my “Guy Genes” have been filtering out a part of the color spectrum that is quite prevalent in the world (my daughters room excluded as it has so much pink it’s unavoidably visible, even by me!)
I found myself seeing Pink everywhere which makes me wonder if the world hasn’t surreptitiously been taken over by women right under our big, hairy, snotty noses…? 😉
Whatever the reason it was fun to look for all things Pink this week and as I tried to capture some of it I decided to focus on the way Pink feels to me which is soft and pretty. So I grabbed some flowers I had bought for my wife and set them up on the kitchen table with the diffuser portion of my 5 in 1 reflector behind them to soften the mid day light coming through the glass door and started shooting.
As I was shooting the flowers in groups and also alone I noticed that I was preferring the shots of isolated flowers more, as I shot those I would move in close to try some macro views of details. I found that the softness of the shallow depth of field and the color contrast really caught my eye with this particular flower so I ended up shooting quite a few frames of it at varying angles and apertures. I like that it incorporates Pink, but the anchoring contrast of green keeps it from being too overpowering.
Back to a closer more abstract view:
How about some wider views?
Later that day we had a family party at my sisters home who happens to have some pretty flowers in her front yard, so I grabbed the 50mm and an extension tube and grabbed a few shots, even though most were not Pink I’ve decided to share them here as well.
And here’s a purple one:
And now the B&W versions!
I really love how these flowers look in black and white! The chrysanthemum has such a cool petal shape.
So that’s me getting in touch with the ‘Pinker’ side of life I guess, I’m really craving a true macro lens but I’m constantly amazed at how well the tubes work with the 50mm.