Tuesday, January 7, 2014

A Practice...........

During the weeks I rented the D600, I made a point to take it on quite a few little "adventures". These included many trips to the river and a couple to the coast. In addition, on each visit to the grocery store (remember, this was during the holidays.....) I picked up some flowers to photograph. These bouquets would then be placed not on our table, but by the window in my home office/studio.

During the hustle and bustle going on around me, I would find my way to the office, quietly set up the tripod and start shooting. (A couple of times the flowers caught my eye as I walked by and I would stop to take a few shots with my iPhone just for fun...) 

Usually these sessions only lasted fifteen or twenty minutes, but I always walked away refreshed, clear and happy. I know that photographing flowers is like a meditation for me, but having the deep contrast between activities during December, cemented that idea.

(The images that follow were all made with the D600, using only window light and processed in Photoshop.....)

©2014 Dianne Poinski

Photographing landscapes is seldom a solitary experience. Even if you go out by yourself you are likely to come across other people. Hiking and carrying your equipment is usually part of the experience as well. (The hiking I like, carrying  equipment - not so much.)

But with flowers, it's different.....

©2014 Dianne Poinski

There I am in one spot, by myself. Sometimes there is music, but most of the time I forget to put some on. Then I begin.

Rarely are the first frames any I will work on. It takes time to notice the light, the curve of the stems and the different parts of the blooms. Pretty soon I am so into what I am doing that nothing else matters. I am focused.....deeply focused and deeply satisfied.

©2014 Dianne Poinski

I found this definition of meditation that sounds like what I am entering into:

The goal of all forms of meditation is single-mindedness -- to let go of all distractions and focus on one object of attention or devotion. 

I have tried many different forms of meditation. I have taken classes, bought stools and cushions and even installed an app on my phone called "Simply Being", but I have never been able to develop what could be called "a meditation practice".  At least I didn't think I had.........

©2014 Dianne Poinski

The health benefits of meditation are well known - so now I have one more reason to not feel guilty about spending money on lush bouquets in the middle of winter. 

P.S. It's funny, but while I was writing this, I came across this very recent post from Kim Manley Ort: "The Meditative Quality of Photography"


  1. you describe it perfectly :)
    thanks for sharing and i am going out to buy some flowers...

    1. Thanks Marie! Have fun! I know you will!