What inspired you to take this photo? After a long and dark winter we slowly started seeing small greens appear in the woods, fighting their way through thick layers of dirty old leaves. Nature is pure beauty!
Why did you capture this photo the way you did? I wanted to focus on the new life arriving and the hope it resembled. so I tried to get low low low to omit the brownish leaves and instead have a lot of warm and glowing green tones. The shallow dof helps blur parts of the plants which to me looks as if they were moving, growing at that very moment.
What were you feeling? What mood were you in? I was calm, thankful, relaxed. awaiting spring, new possibilities. eager to explore and thankful for the things i got to see.
How did you plan this photo? I didn’t plan it really. I saw the beauty and felt the urge to get that on “film” to take home with me. I’m a fan of shallow dof and bokeh and I adore nature. I believe if you can see beauty, it’s not difficult to photograph it.
What sort of post-processing did you do afterwards? I always use lightroom for post processing. iirc i enhanced the vibrance, the green luminance and the contrast.
Do you have a connection to the subject and/or location? There’s not a whole lot of green around where I live, so I cherish this park as a place I love going to. Ican relax and “get away from it all” here wonderfully.
Why is Photography important to you? It started out as something I did so I had something to do while I was outside on a stroll. for some reason, I always felt like I needed to have a goal, a place to “go to” when I was walking, so going for a stroll was more like going to the supermarket rather than getting some relaxation and “me-time”. once i had a camera it gave me something to do. Something to focus on. I would be outside for hours enjoying nature, air, the little sunlight we had in the winter and i would feel calm and relaxed when coming home. I grew into it, once i started to like my pictures and the more I learned about photography, the more I liked the things I could do. Now photography is a whole different world to me. I often go out with my camera and never know how long I’ll be gone, I totally lose time when i’m shooting. It’s a wonderful world to dive into and get lost inside.
How do you overcome creative blocks? I try something new. There are countless things out there that I would like to learn and be able to do. countless things I haven’t tried yet. so many kinds of photography I have yet to explore and so many great people i can look up to and get inspired by.
Where did you study photography? The internets. i started out with the dps, the digital photography school (http://www.digital-photography-school.com/), who have terrific tutorials for beginners as well as numerous short how-tos for specific locations and occasions. I also learn a lot lot lot from my contacts on flickr. I also google a lot and read a great many tutorials and watch a lot of tutorials on youtube.
What do you enjoy photographing most? Nature! It’s so patient and beautiful, i love it so much! but i’m also interested in photographing people and city life. It’s just something I don’t get to practise very much.
What motivates you to do what you do? Inner peace. dopamine. the joy I feel when i have taken a picture that came out exactly the way I wanted it to, the satisfaction. Also, i’m overwhelmed by the beauty we’re surrounded by, it’s so rewarding to get to spend time with nature – that in itself is a huge motivation.