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First- Look Around Your Surroundings 

One photography practice that I want to share with you is being able to be in the moment and just know what you want to show with the photo. You can be around your surroundings and look around to see what you believe would best represent the photo that you want to take. 

Some of the best photos are taken my accident and in spit seconds- don’t think too hard about the things you start grabbing. Just let yourself feel the moment. 

For my example, I saw a pencil bucket and it caught my eye so I decided this would be my foundation for what I want to express. 

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Second- Start Messing Around with What You Got and Figure Out Your Message 

At this point you should have whatever things you grabbed in front of you. You should begin to think about what you want to express and what message you want to get across to whoever may see the photo. 

  1. Mess with the things in front of you (turn them side ways, upside down, tear it apart if you can, or even cover it) 
  2. Start to think about the message and arrange the things around 
  3. Start to play with them with the message in hand 
  4. Start to look at the placing and even the background of where the things are 
  5. Think about whether you want it to be angled in a certain way or how much of the background you want 
  6. Look at it from above or side ways and think about what it says to you and if its not your message change it 

My message would be sun-ray revealing a mess. For me I feel happy but also stressed from the past couple of days so I want to show a sun ray or so revealing happy but messy. 

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Third- You Should Be at the End Thought But Still Keeping Messing with It 

Find your angle. Take photo after photo and see what angle you want. Each angle can drastically show a different message. If it doesn’t work this is your time to STOP- take a breathe and think it through. This is where you can change what you want to express or have a change of heart. KEEP THE MESSAGE IN MIND

  1. Think what you want 
  2. Pick the perfect angle 
  3. But make sure to have fun 
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Fourth- Last Step and Editing If Wanted 

This is where you capture your last image. Take a moment to stare at it and think to yourself “Is this it?”. If it’s not scrap it and start all over again to step one. If it is- CONGRATS! You have just managed to express your feelings with photography and enjoy the moment to see that you have managed make emotions something that can be touched a reality through photography. 

For me, being able to have a feeling of uncertainty and to take that moment to really think about the emotion and the process of what it’s making me feel, distresses me. Having the activity of taking these steps to think about the feeling and how to express it- can give a moment of peace (if it is an upsetting feeling). 

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June is also the time when the peonies start their exquisite display. It’s hard to pick a garden favorite, but the lucky peony is right up there. The blooms are divine and the scent is unmatched. These romantic flowers fill me with such joy. Inevitably I will plant more–especially Itoh ones with their upright stems and showy foliage. This is garden romance at its finest.

Please don’t use my photos without permission. Thank you.

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I love all colors when it comes to flowers, but purple holds a special place in my heart and there is a lot of it around the garden. I find blue and purple flowers soothing when planted in groups and exciting when contrasted with hotter colors. During the last six years I’ve slowly begun to develop my own color rhythm with the plantings. The fountain pond has a lot of purples and pinks contrasted with patches of bright yellow and red. In the shade garden, the purple stunner is Persian Shield. Here are a few macro shots of what’s in bloom right now. 

Please don’t use my photos without my permission. ©Narcisse Navarre. All rights reserved.

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June is a wonderful time in the garden. These rhododendrons were planted by our neighbor (the man who built our house) about 30 years ago as tiny little shrubs around the gazebo. Nothing can substitute the effect of time on a garden. Little did he imagine the beautiful monsters they would turn into. The gazebo is like an elven tree house surrounded by the gnarled branches of all of these wonderful rhododendrons. Their bloom time is brief, but memorable. And when the blossoms begin to fall, they litter the lawn like stars. Every morning I admire the variety of wildlife these beauties house. Butterflies, Robin nests, flycatchers, hawk moths, honey bees, wood bees, bumble bees, the whole shrub is buzzing.

© Narcisse Navarre, All rights reserved. All the pictures on my blog are original, please do not use without my permission.

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暗緑の中で

2012年、生田緑地の菖蒲園。日本民家園の前あたりにあるこじんまりとした菖蒲園。こじんまりは言い過ぎか。だけど、北山公園を見た後だと、そう思ってしまうのは致し方ないかな。

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