Happy Pansy


I was informed last week that Kansas! Magazine will use another one of my photos (entitled “Happy Pansy”) in its upcoming Spring 2010 issue.  The image will be a half-page in size, larger than my last two photos they published – “Scarlet Lady”  (Fall 2009) and “Frozen Leaf” (Winter 2009)(see my archived posts for 7/27/09 and 12/3/09 regarding these photos).

This photo proves you don’t have to travel far to make great images, and you can find great subject matter literally in your backyard.  This image was taken at our house! I bought a package of pansies to plant in the planters on our deck and couldn’t resist photographing their cute little faces first.  I think pansies have such great “personalities” in their faces, and this little guy looked like Mr. Happy Go Lucky. I placed them in front of a background of light blue scrapbook paper I had lying around, spritzed with just a tiny amount of mist, and used my 35-80 mm lens.  Exposure was 1/5 second @ F10.  I made only very slight curves and saturation adjustments in Lightroom and CS4.

I’m very excited that once again one of my images will be published and am keeping my fingers crossed that they will select something from the summer images I just submitted. I sent in several sunflower selections, and what says “summer” in Kansas more than sunflowers?!

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