View Full Version : Some B&W Flowers and a Sob Story

10-02-2009, 02:26 AM
Last week, I had some time between shifts at work and thought I might spend it across the street taking photos of the formal gardens at Beaulieu, a heritage home that has been turned into a restaurant and public garden. Well, I took a few shots in the formal garden and thought I would go up to the gardens near the house to grab a few more. The gardens and the yard are separated by a little iron fence and gate and the gate is about 12 inches high. (30 cm) I go to step over it and my foot gets caught up on the gate somehow that I can not explain and and time stopped while I tottered and was finally unable to maintain my balance. I went crashing down on the cement walkway along with my almost new camera with its almost new 70-300 mm lens. I heard the clink of the lens hood and expected the worst but an inspection showed that only a bit of dust got on the camera. My left leg however was bruised and scraped up pretty badly. The brand new pair of pants I was wearing were non the worse for wear. More than a week later my leg is still swollen and bruised but my camera was saved by the lens hood! Yay!

Anyway, here are a couple of photos I took before the big crash. I must be the only photographer in the history of the world who has sustained injuries in the pursuit of garden flowers. :(

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2624/3973195529_ae540f77e5_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jas_photos/3973195529/)

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2618/3973961640_0d88bcc037_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jas_photos/3973961640/in/photostream/)

10-02-2009, 02:58 AM
Hey raiven,
Sorry for the hardship you went through. At least, you saven your $$$$ equipments. ;) I hope the swelling and bruise go soon :fingerscr:fingerscr.

As to the pictures, I like the first one. The second one seems to me is a bit soft. But under the circumstances I think you can not do any better. :D

Mad Aussie
10-02-2009, 03:15 AM
Bummers Raiven ... hope that injury heals up soon.

Maybe next time go for the bee sting to the face?? ;)

10-02-2009, 04:32 AM
Yikes! I would be so mad at myself if I did that.

Pics are exquisite, BTW. The apparent background shadows due to the B&W really isolate the flowers.

10-02-2009, 06:20 AM
The B&W treatment is great. Hope your leg heals soon.

10-02-2009, 09:29 AM
oh poor you! :cry-an: I hope your leg heals up quickly but if it's still hurting you may need a doctor.

but at least the camera is okay, :)

and the pictures are lovely.

Aren't artists supposed to suffer anyway? :p

10-02-2009, 09:33 AM
:eek:bummer about the spill! :sorry: good news is you rocked the photos! :highfive:of course, you already knew that!

10-02-2009, 10:21 AM
sorry bout the fall. I like the lighting in these shots, and especially the composition of shot 2.

10-02-2009, 11:42 AM
Thanks all! :)

10-02-2009, 07:43 PM
OUCh!! The things we do to suffer for the craft!
great shot Raiven.. the first one totally works for me! :highfive:

10-02-2009, 07:54 PM
Definitely OUCH! I tend to favor...both of them!

10-02-2009, 08:34 PM
So, I guess you wont be peddling that bike of yours for a few days. Get well, soon.

Very nice images, by the way.