Up Close & Personal: Photography
July 30, 2009
As you know, I am knee deep in the remodel of my home office. In actuality, it’s becoming more of a ‘ladylike library’ and I like that. Doesn’t ‘library’ sound much more fetching than ‘home office’? Please indulge me in my brand new fiction. It’s not a home office, it’s a library. Shall I pour some tea?
For years, I’ve wanted to incorporate a series of framed botanical prints into some area of my home, and my ‘library’ seemed the perfect place. I hunted high and low, in used and new bookstores, to find a coffee table book of blooms that I could cut out and frame, much like the designer did for this cover of Home Magazine. I even resorted to websites offering prints online, but the cost was prohibitive.
In frustration, I turned to my garden. I thought if I could photograph some of the lovely white blooms in my own backyard, then perhaps I could make them into something worth framing. Not a novel concept, but worthwhile nonetheless, and an inexpensive solution.
Here’s a peek at my new wall di
Now I am no Pioneer Woman when it comes to photography. That momma’s got the photog thang down. She owns it. But I have a great camera (digital Nikon D60) thanks to Mr. CG’s birthday present from last year. And I know how to use Picasa. It’s free, and it’s easy. So here’s what I did.
First, I hit the mega two-for-one sale at Aaron Brothers (did you see my tweet?). Then I tuned my Nikon D60 to high resolution and took several photos of the white blooms in my yard. My garden is full of them right now. Then I turned to Picasa to give me the look I wanted. I reasoned black and white was classic, and perfect.
I started with a high resolution color image from one of my gardenia topiary trees that looks like this:
For all of my flowers, I followed this formula. With Picasa, I converted the picture to black and white, cropped it, deepened the shadow, and gave it a soft focus on the edges. The gardenia became this:
Here’s yet another example from my front yard.
I had the prints enlarged to 11×14 at Costco for $3 each. I also picked up some mats for $5 each at a local photography shop, then framed them all, and hung them on the wall in my office library.
Do you recognize the thrift store sofa? I recently had it professional cleaned.
And I am loving the color and texture of my new grasscloth wallpaper that I installed all by myself.
As much as they may look like the pictures that ‘come with the frame’, they are personal to me because I grow these blooms in my own garden. How can you go wrong with pictures of white flowers?
- Do you like grasscloth wallpaper? Are you remotely interested in a tutorial on its installation?
- How awesome is the Pioneer Woman at photography and Photoshop?
- What software do you use to enhance your personal photography?
- What are your plans for the first weekend in August?