Down Chicory Lane...

 

Welcome to "Down Chicory Lane"  I'm looking forward to taking the opportunity to share my world and work with you all. Take time to grab a cup of coffee, relax and let's enjoy our time together. 

Where Were You When the Lights Went Out?

February 07, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Super Bowl Sunday is now a thing of the past, and I was at work.  Guess "somebody" had to be there, and since I'm not a huge football fan, it was me.  But another winter milestone has passed and we are that much closer to Spring!  And it appears that Phil saw his shadow this week, so this will be an abbreviated winter, even though by the looks of things outdoors today, one would not know.  A foot of new snow is in the predictions for the next couple of days.  As I look out my window, it is coming down with a vengence. 

In my quest to hasten Spring, I shopped for flowers again, and I found a Gerbera Daisy.  For me, flower shopping becomes a mission, and I seek out those that have "character".   I think you know what I mean - the leaves or petals curve a certain way.  They seem to have "personality".  The Gerbera I found was the only one of its kind there at Meijers, and it had one large flower, and partially hidden underneath were three blooms that were fused together - somewhat deformed.  It just looked like it needed some love and TLC.  When I got her home to photograph her, I found she was really quite a thing of beauty, as is often the case with all of us with our imperfections.  We had a "marvelous" photo session, and had it not been for the imperfect triad of blooms, she would not have been as remarkable a model.  The larger bloom hovered over the smaller, fused blossoms in a way that had almost a protective quality.  I couldn't help but make the correlation to how God sees the beauty in us, with all our imperfections, and has an umbrella of protection over us as His children. 

I also photographed her in Infrared, which is something I've been experimenting with.  Last fall, I had a Canon 50D camera body I was no longer using and I sent it away to have the Infrared conversion done.  The results are often unexpected, and I was curious to see how flowers would photograph using just the Infrared portion of the light spectum.  I was delighted with the results.  The varying shades of pink all came out as pure white, which I felt to be quite lovely and ethereal.  I hope you enjoy them too.

....until we meet again.... 

 


Winter Doldrums....

January 28, 2013  •  3 Comments

 

Winter returned with a vengence last week, and we experienced the free flowing white gossamer flakes and the wet slippery yucky roads that go with it.  Seems just a week ago, I was lamenting that the winter photo ops were far and few between. Well, winter in Lower Michigan may be a little late this year, but we did not forget to jump on the bandwagon.  It did arrive. And now we are experiencing the wide temperature ranges that Michgan is famous for.  "They" say if you don't like the weather, just wait a few minutes and it will change.  Well it did. Last week's sub zero temperatures gave way last night to temps in the 40s and rain.  It started out as freezing rain, but has turned to wet slush with gray unforgiving skies. But in the midst of it all, we did see a few rays of sunshine, with a promise of things to come.  Spring!  And I had my own ray of sunshine here as I photographed the mini daffodil.  Like the iris, it measures not much larger than my thumb, and was a delight.  Flowers are pure joy.  In their innocence, they stand tall and can be posed much like one would pose a human model for a photo session.  Except  - no bad hair day and no talking back.  (Just kidding.  I enjoy people too.)  But last Sunday afternoon, I spent about an hour with the daffodil, posing and positioning her so as to show her best side and came away with several images I liked, some of which I'm sharing with you here.    And later in the week, I noticed a new bud, so I waited and now she has a sibling, who I had the joy of photographing a couple of days ago.  So in the midst of our bipolar winter weather, just sit back and take comfort in the promise that spring is just around the corner.  And take time to enjoy and smell the flowers.   So.... until we meet again....  


Down Chicory Lane....

January 20, 2013  •  2 Comments

Hi,  my name is Kathy Odiorne and I live in Grand Rapids, Michigan and am the owner of Chicory Lane Photography LLC.  Those who know me best know my passion is fine art photography, and I specialize in nature, scenics and landscapes, and photographing flowers  I'd like to take this opportunity to guide you "Down Chicory Lane" and share what is happening in my life and my photography.  I first became interested in photography eleven years ago when I purchased my first (film) SLR camera and my husband and I traveled up and down the coasts of Michigan.   We've been so blessed with our beautiful Great Lakes and lighthouses and we spent several days taking the opportunity to photograph them.  It was during that time that my eyes were opened and a passion was born.  I've been involved in several on line photography forums and have enjoyed a variety of educational experiences through seminars, webinars, and also classes at Grand Rapids Community College under the instruction of photographer Jonathan Russell. Since that time, I've had opportunity to have my fine art displayed in several local gallery exhibits.  I've also studied under Master Photographer Michael Timmons and so appreciate the role he and his wife Tina have had in pointing me in the right direction with print competition through Professional Photographers of America (PPA).  What a ride!  I am SO enjoying the journey and the many wonderful people I've met so far along the way. 

 

Okay....  'nuff about me....  This winter has been most interesting here in Michigan.  Very little snow, and I can still see grass!  So winter photo ops have been limited.  But it is also the season for shooting flowers indoors, and our local Meijers has had a few "mini" flowers in tiny pots.  Last week, I brought home a mini iris, better known as "Harmony" iris, or Iris Reticulata.  This little gem produces flowers that are barely larger than my thumb, but are an absolute joy to photograph, and I spent the better part of an afternoon playing.  I have a corner of my dining room that is dedicated to photographing flowers and I enjoy some wonderful side lighting through the glass sliding door.  So when the winter doldrums hit, there is always the opportunity to bring a little sunshine into my world with flowers.  Hope you enjoy them as much as I have enjoyed photographing them.  Later today... a photo session with a mini daffodil. 

I'd love to hear from you all.  Please take the time to subscribe to my blog and to view my website at www.chicorylanephotography.com.  I also have my Chicory Lane Photography LLC Facebook page that you all are welcome to peruse. If you like what you see, click the "Like" button and let me know you were there.   And of course, comments here are always welcome.  I'd like to get to know you all.  

 

 

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