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Let’s go BLUE!

We continue sharing the best work of our PHOTOGRAPHING FLORA students. Last time we were presenting green color, which is very common in the nature.

But today let’s have a look on much less common color in Flora world – and that is a color BLUE! Just for fun – try to close your eyes and think about all the blue flowers you know…

Done? What you got? Two, three? Iris? Hyacint? Well, if you would start exploring online, you might be surprised how many there are in blue.

Nevertheless, blue IS the rarest flower color, seen on only 10 percent of the 280,000 flowering plants on Earth. This has to do with the fact that there is no blue pigment in the plant kingdom and colors that appear to be blue are actually permutations of violet or purple.

And that’s why we are always so positively surprised by plethora of amazing assignments in blue color taken by our students in PHOTOGRAPHING FLORA classes – that’s why we would like to share them with you!

 

And what do our students say about Photographing Flora class?

I really like the way you teach.  I learn so much from your critiques and have watched all of them.  You are a great educators.  I am looking forward to the next class.
Leslie Hammond

Thanks Monika & Patrik. Great class! Learned quite a lot from your extensive workshop materials, and challenging assignments. My floral photography endeavors will continue to improve.
Jay Salzman

I enjoyed experimenting with all these techniques! Wonderful class! Thank you!
Anna Blatterman

I’ve enjoyed this class and cannot believe four weeks have gone by! Over the course of the month I’ve tried many of the techniques! Thank you so much. Focusing on flowers and photography has helped divert attention from world problems and the disruption of life.
Glenda G

 

PHOTOGRAPHING FLORA class begins July 3rd, please join us here and learn how to photograph Flora too (and not only in blue color 😉 ).

We are looking forward to meeting you in class!

Patrik and Monika Banas

Disclaimer: We are big St. Louis Blues fans – so our love towards blue is biased 😉


 

Jana Jezkova

 

Heather Sugioka

 

Holly Middagh

 

Lynn Riding

 

Michaela Nesvadbova

 

Tomas Feller

 

K. Leslie Hammond

 

Mariel W

 

Darja Nezvalova

 

Darja Nezvalova

 

Charlie

 


 

Mrs. Green in Flora Photography

Colors are very important in every aspect of photography and Flora is absolutely no exception! However, there is one color in Flora which seems to be overlooked, mostly because of its abundance. And that is Mrs. GREEN.

Green is not even a “real color”, it is the color between blue and yellow, so in fact – as you might remember from your school art classes – you can easily create it by combining yellow and blue ;-). By far the largest contributor to green in nature is chlorophyll, the chemical by which plants photosynthesize and convert sunlight into chemical energy. Many creatures have adapted to their green environments by taking on a green hue themselves as camouflage (hello frogs, hello crocodiles!)

So yes, the majority of Flora is in green thanks to chlorophyll. Leaves, stems, grass, trees – there is so much green, than we tend to focus on other, more rare colors in Flora and we are hunting for every other color BUT green. That’s why Flora is often associated with colorful flowers. But that is totally unfair to the green color, and the rest of Flora and it is also a missed opportunity because the green parts of Flora are so beautiful.

And that’s why we are always mesmerized by the work of our students, when they are sharing assignments in green. Green parts of Flora are the best to showcase elements of design, particularly lines and patterns. To showcase how green Flora images are stunning, we have put together some examples taken by our students in the recent PHOTOGRAPHING FLORA classes.

 

And what do our students say about Photographing Flora class?

This has been an eye-opening class.  Watching Patrik’s critiques has been invaluable, with his kind encouragement and clear guidance for improvement.  I hear his voice in my head sometimes now when I take photos now! I also learned a lot and gained inspiration from my classmates. I will probably take it again.
Mika Geiger

Thank you Monika and Patrik for a wonderful and inspiring class. With your encouragement I have been able to play and experiment and be creative with my flower photography. I truly appreciate the lessons and the excellent critiques.
Pam Corckran
Thank you, Monika and Patrik. Your style of teaching is so much fun and enjoyable. There are lots of things to learn but not enough time to do it! I wish you can change it to 6 weeks! Your video critiques are most helpful. I learned quite a few techniques from your suggestions by listening to your critiques from my classmate’s works.
Vangie
Thank you for a great class Monika and Patrik. So many techniques it could easily be an 8 week course. I plan to continue working on many of the ideas you gave us.
Doreen

 

PHOTOGRAPHING FLORA class begins in June 5th, please join us here and learn how to photograph flora too (and not only in green color ;-).

We are looking forward to meeting you in class!

Patrik and Monika Banas


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Iva Ullrichova

 

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Ann Fitzsimmons

 

Patricia Daley_Photographing-Flora-Green

Patricia Daley

 

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William Basta

 

Pam Corckran_Photographing-Flora-Green

Pam Corckran

 

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Vlastimil Babický

 

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Terrie H

 

Sharon Davidson_Photographing-Flora-Green

Sharon Davidson

 

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Patricia Daley

 

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Mary J Beck

Dina Damon_Photographing-Flora-Green

Dina Damon

Flora in Monochromatic (Best of student’s work)

Monochromatic images are very powerful, so it is not a surprise that monochromatic flower images look even more amazing!

How to take monochromatic flora pictures? There are two simple ways:

1) get closer and fill your frame only with that one particular flower or its petals only

2) work on your background and use the color matching your flower. And by matching we mean the same color or a very similar tone/hue/shade of that color

Simple right? 😉

If you are not sure what monochromatic means – here’s a short recap. Monochromatic comes from the Greek word monos meaning one, and khroma meaning color.

Student’s pictures explain the monochromatic topic the best. We are inviting you to see som examples in the gallery below, how our dear students from previous PHOTOGRAPHING FLORA classes created beautiful monochromatic images.  Such images are really impressive!

 

And what do our students say about Photographing Flora class?

I enjoyed experimenting with all these techniques! Wonderful class! Thank you!
Anna Blatterman 

Thanks Monika & Patrik. Great class! Learned quite a lot from your extensive workshop materials, and challenging assignments. My floral photography endeavors will continue to improve.
Jay Salzman

I find that watching video critiques of everyone’s photos is so valuable. You explain things very well, Patrik! This is a fantastic class and I’m learning so much from everyone in it.
Mika Geiger 

 

PHOTOGRAPHING FLORA class begins in May 1st, please join us here and learn how to photograph flora (and monochromatic) shots too.

 

We are looking forward to meeting you in class!

Patrik and Monika Banas


Vangie Killalea

 

Jan Cafaro

 

Francine Sreca

 

Patricia Daley

 

Holly Middagh

 

Julie Hammond

 

Doreen Weekley

 

Holly Middagh

 

Judith Roberson

 

Maureen Rogers

 

Jay Salzman

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Ann Fitzsimmons

 

Pam Corckran

 

Larry

 

Sunny Marker

 

Sarah Herman

 

Leann Stella

 

 

Lynn Riding

 

Debbie Lieske

 

Charlie

 

Judith Roberson

 

 

 

Best of Photographing Flora – our student’s work

Our February’s PHOTOGRAPHING FLORA course at BPSOP just finished and it was again a fantastic time spent with our students! We have to admit, that being in the company of photographers and flora enthusiasts is a wonderful combination!

We have enjoyed creative work of our students so much, that it would be a shame not to share their fantastic pictures with the rest of the world. As image speaks for the thousands words, we will let you enjoy their work and their feedback below.

We are opening next PHOTOGRAPHING FLORA course in April, please join us here and learn how to take creative shots of flora too.

 

We are looking forward to meeting you in class!

Patrik and Monika Banas


 

Jacqui Nye

 

Karen Partridge

 

Judith Roberson

 

Cathy Sundermann

 

Karen Partridge

 

David Candler

 

Jacqui Nye

 

Mary Jo Beck

 

Karen Partridge

 

Cathy Sundermann

 

David Candler

 

Judith Roberson

 

Mary Jo Beck

 

Just enjoyed another one of your critiques. Thank you for an excellent course. This was my first experience with BPSOP so I was curious to see how things went. I will definitely consider another course. As for flora photography, I have always been an outside in the garden or on hiking trails kind of flora shooter. Your class has stretched my creative approach to nature. I still love the “capture” of things growing – akin to flora portrait work I guess – but, you have inspired me to try new things which I will continue to do. Thank you very much.
Mary Jo Beck

 

Many thanks to Monika and Patrik for an excellent course. It has been most enjoyable and I have learned a lot. I hope some time you do a followup course.
Maureen

 

Thanks Patrik and Monika, I too really enjoyed the class. I have taken other BPSOP classes, and admit that I was most nervous about taking this class. I learned a lot and it helped build up my confidence when taking flora pictures. Unfortunately, I’m thinking that, over the next few weeks, our house will no longer resemble a plant nursery like it has over the last four weeks 😉
Karl Gilmore

 

 

Flora through frosty window (and not only in winter!)

Beauty of photographing flora lays in the variety of different techniques you can try to get different and creative results! One of them, which we cover in our course Photographing Flora is to photograph through frosty window.

Results are extraordinary – and you have to agree – they are different!

Now – yes, we know – how the heck should I photograph flowers through frosty windows if a) winter season decided to ignore us this year and it is so warm! Or b) I live in the area where frosty windows are unheard of?

Fear no more and don’t give up on your creative project, as there is such a thing like “Spray Glass Frost”! Yes! It costs few bucks and you can order it online on Amazon here or buy it in your local craft store. All of the images you see here were taken with outside temperature 50F (10C) and you have to admit, they look very realistic and very “wintery”.

Application is very simple – just spray your dry window (inside), wait few minutes and voilá – frost is here! You can place your flora subjects in front or behind the window, results are stunning in both cases. Caution – do not clean your window with any detergents before spray application, it would destroy the effect…

To learn more how to photograph Flora, please join us in our class Photographing Flora – we would be delighted to meet you and explore plenty other creative ways together!

Monika and Patrik Banas

Our Flora Portfolio can be found here.

 

 

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