Tuesday, June 26, 2012


©2012 Dianne Poinski - "Magnolia I" Nikon D300

I have a fairly regular practice of taking afternoon walks whenever I can. A good majority of my iPhone "photo of the day" images are taken while exploring my neighborhood on these walks. I try to vary the route as much as possible, hoping to find something new and fresh to photograph.

Between going out of town and moving my studio this past month, it became difficult to fit these walks into my schedule. I was lucky if I was heading out once a week, which is what makes this story special (at least to me).

This is the time of year when I usually gaze with longing at the beautiful magnolia blossoms high up in the trees. In my mind, shooting a decent photograph of a blossom would require a tall ladder and possibly a pair of pruning shears. So I was delighted last Friday when after making a last minute decision to take a quick stroll, I came across a blossom that was pretty much staring me in the face. I took a few shots with my iPhone and mentally noted the location of the tree in case I wanted to come back with my Nikon.

A few more blocks and another one presented itself! There was no question now. As soon as I got home I would grab my "real" camera and head back out. But I wasn't finished with my walk yet. As I went down the street and around the corner, I came across the best one yet!

When I posted one of the iPhone images on my Facebook page, the caption read "Eye level, no trespassing!"

©2012 Dianne Poinski - "Magnolia II" iPhone 4S

Now I was getting really excited and decided to head home. Not trusting my ability to remember where these trees were located, I started taking pictures of the street signs for reference.

I kept thinking about how great it was I decided to walk that day. Not only was it a treat to have this opportunity to shoot magnolia blossoms, but it was  a slightly overcast day, which is a rare occurrence in June. The light was perfect!

I was working on a project with a deadline and had to be somewhere later that evening, but as soon as I walked through the door, I grabbed my Nikon anyway and headed back out in my car.

©2012 Dianne Poinski - "Magnolia III" Nikon D300

After reviewing the images, I wished I had taken a step ladder when I went out the second time. I realized that because I look through the view finder on my Nikon, my angle of view is limited by my height. I was able to get a much higher angle with my iPhone by holding up my arms and looking at the LCD screen. Even though I was quite pleased with many of the images, I decided that I would go back the next day with a small ladder.

I already knew this, but magnolia blossoms do not retain their "good looks" for very long. When I went back the next morning, all of the magnolias I photographed the day before were already showing signs of decline. I was disappointed, but even more grateful that I had made the decision to take that walk the day before.

Because I was curious, I checked out "my blossoms" on Sunday. If I had waited less than 48 hours after my first visit, this is what I would have found!

If there is a moral to this story it would be "follow your intuition". Time and time again I have followed through when my gut told me to do something and the rewards have been great.

I am still on the lookout, and while walking today took note of a tree with potential beauties just beginning to bloom. The step ladder is already in the van..........


  1. These are just so beautiful. Thank you for sharing them.

  2. The photos alone are a marvel, but the accompanying story was divine...thanks for the telling, Dianne ;>}}

    And I am SO LUSTING after that 2nd photo taken with your phone ~ how, I ask, HOW in the world did you capture that awesomeness with a freakin' iPhone?!?!? Too, too splendid for more words.

  3. Thank you so much! I know - that iPhone 4s is amazing! Thanks for stopping by Sweetpea!

  4. Dianne, Like you I can't resist to photograph flowers anywhere, and every where. I only have a Canon point and shoot camera, but it works for quick shots on the run. Now I have to learn how to use Photoshop.

  5. So glad you took your Nikon to take some shots.
    Isn't the iPhone amazing though? It takes amazing pictures! I'm guilty of using my phone as a camera more than my real camera these days :)

  6. Thank you everyone! I love photographing with whatever camera I have. But it's funny, I am guilty of using my phone as a camera more than I use it as a phone!