Wednesday, April 28, 2010

My Irises

I have not been outside taking advantage of the magnificent skies that we have experienced this spring in Northern California. I feel pangs of guilt and uncertainty every time I make the choice not to go outside and take photographs, but those feeling disappear as soon as I step inside my studio and prepare for a different kind of photo shoot.

I am still having a wonderful time photographing flowers and taking advantage of the amazing light that streams through my studio windows. The beauty of doing it this time of year, is that many of the flowers I have been photographing have been free – either picked from my own yard or given to me by friends and neighbors.

A couple of years ago a good friend of mine came over on my birthday and planted irises that she brought from her yard. What a special gift! I was disappointed last year when nothing bloomed, but that was forgotten soon after seeing the first flowers pop out this year. I was a little hesitant to cut them down. They looked really good in my yard, but I had other plans for them.

Here is a little inside look at what I do when shooting flowers.

While I have not had time to print and color any of my images from that day,
I could not resist playing with them a little in Photoshop.

©2010 Dianne Poinski

Right now it feels like I have an entire 1TB hard drive filled with flower images (that’s not true, but I like to exaggerate.) While I feel frustrated by the fact I haven’t had time to really work on all these photographs, it’s ok. I am taking a little break from teaching workshops this summer and am eagerly anticipating the fun I will have working on my flowers. Stay tuned…………………………..


  1. I love having plants that have a memory attached to them like these irises- the gift lasts for years - double pleasure to watch them growing and then to use them in your studio - just lovely!!

  2. How wonderful to have flowers for free to photograph, whether inside or out.

    I'm looking forward to seeing your fun with flowers continue on into the summer!

  3. Thank you! I will probably be showing flowers for awhile...having a lot of fun. Just need more hours in the day!