a beautiful weed

June 11, 2007  in  About my art       Related posts:    

My three-year old son present this flower to my wife as a present. It was such a sweet thing to do, I had to try to preserve it through a photograph. Looking it up online, I found that it is a crown-vetch, a plant often used to prevent erosion, and is considered to be an invasive species in many states. Ah, well, it is still a beautiful flower. I have about 50 or 60 shots of this one specific flower, all experimenting with focus, background and lighting. It’s going to take a while to sort through them all to find the one or two keepers. This one here is already on the short list.

Crown Vetch ©Daniel Sroka

My son wanted to “help” me, which to him meant stomping around the studio, making the flower jump all over the place. I finally figured out that I could get him to sit still for a few seconds at a time by asking him to count down for each shot. I’d say that I was ready, and he’d stop running, count to three , and yell “CHHHEEESE!”. It wasn’t the most peaceful way to make art, but it was fun. (You know, artists without kids are wimps.)

Added 2/21/08: After some additional work on the exposure and color, this photography is now final. I’ve also used it for one of my new ketubah designs, and am very happy with how it looks.