February 28, 2011: This photo won a shared 5th place in the "February Challenge ~ Beautiful Blooms" in the group Heaven's Shots. Thank you very much! This is the first time ever that I've won two awards in a single Flickr contest. My purple cascade took 1st place.
I'm very fond of morning glories, and one edge of the East Village community garden in Long Beach has a huge number of vines. Sometimes I see a flower that I like but it is too far away for my macro lens to capture. This is an example, an archive photo from 2009. (Zuiko 70-300mm zoom at 226mm, f/5.2, 1/1000 sec., ISO 100, early afternoon sun, handheld)
A word about archive photos: I've learned a lot about myself and my work in the course of posting almost nothing but archive photos when for health reasons I've been unable to get out and create new work. First, it seems to me that my photographic vision, what draws me to capture certain images, has not changed a lot in two-plus years. What has changed is my ability to spot the gems as I go through a shoot's worth of images. I think I've become better at that. And, despite the fact that I have many years of Photoshop experience behind me (and did even 2 years ago), I am much better at post-processing today than I was then. Part of that is experience and ongoing learning (thank you, Kelby Training), and another part is better tools (a nod to Topaz Labs and their revolutionary plug-ins). Based on my own experience, I would recommend a trip into your archives for an extended series of photos to get a sense of where you are and how far you've come.
In the new Flickr, click anywhere in the image to see the large view on black -- or press "L" to "view in light box" (same thing).