For today’s Introduction, I went back through my list of blogs that I follow, a very big list, and found Paula. It hadn’t been the first time I had thought of doing her blog, but now seemed like a good time. Paula’s blog (mom)ents covers a few topics, but one subject that does stand out is all the close ups of flowers.
She does many images like this. These beautiful flowers standing very still and the backgrounds blurred perfectly. There are some gorgeous background colours too. There are also many with insects doing what, insects do.
I did ask Paula why she takes photos, I loved her answer, it is something I think we can all learn from,
“I began taking photos because I wanted a hobby when my children left home. Now I take photos because it reminds me to slow down and look more closely at the details.”
While her blog is predominantly flowers, she does throw in some other things as well. You can see some of the places she had been, and there are images of her trying things as well. I have to say, I wish I was there in the top photo, though I have heard that Niagara Falls has frozen over at the moment.
For any photographer inspiration is important and where they get that from.
“In my photos of family events, my inspiration is simply to capture a memory. With my macro photos, it’s all about the details in the moments. The first time I captured a lady bug on a flower, I was hooked on the details in the smallest things. My son is an entomologist and so the little things are big in his world. And my daughter is all about slowing down and appreciating the moment you are in. I like to find quotes to pair with my photos and sometimes I find a quote and then try to shoot a photo I think will be a good match.”
There have been some fantastic quotes.
I asked Paula if there was anything special about the way she worked,
“There’s nothing special about how I work. I don’t process my shots much and I find winter a tough time to photograph as I prefer to shoot flowers and bugs. I visit indoor gardens in the winter months. I often take a few hundred shots and pick only one or two that I like.”
Though we can see from above that she does or has taken some photos in winter. You all know I love snow and ice, we never see anything like this here. I find it so fascinating. I love how she has captured the branch, the new growth is trapped inside the ice.
Paula is also a cyclist and tries many things, I am often suprised at her adventures. I see she has now started another blog for those, (mom) @ (mac), this one will be about her adventures as she returns to University. All the best for that Paula.
Paula said she uses a Nikon D3100 and I asked her if she uses a Macro, but she said that she had “a Sigma APO DG 70-300 mm lens with a macro setting. I sometimes just throw some inexpensive magnifying filters on my Nikon 18-55mm but that requires me to get so close that it doesn’t work for insects especially!”
I am going to prepare a gallery with a selection of her work in it. I hope you enjoy it. I would encourage you to go and look at her blog (mom)ents, as I have only selected some, there is a lot more there to see. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Paula for allowing me to showcase her work here on my blog.