When does a circle have Three (or Any) Points?

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I bought some mini mums in the grocery, the other day, mostly because I was seeing picture possibilities in them. Among the most prominent, to my perceptions at the time, was the triangle shape. Here’s one preliminary play on that theme element.

It was fun finding the triangles in a bouquet of circular blossoms. For added value, I also made a series of 6 shots from the same point of view, but focused throughout the depth of the flower, combined by focus stacking in Photoshop CS5. Lighting was electronic flash filtered through a white translucent umbrella. Some Lightroom enhancements of the final stack returned the warmth of the blossom centers to what I could see, and enhanced the sense of depth by last stage tonal tweaking.

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Wayne Upchurch

For years, as a “professional ogler” (a newspaper staff photographer), I simultaneously explored photography as craft/process/medium in its own right. The photojournalism work –credentials and mindset– got me into (and out of) places I would certainly never have had access to on my own. I was also practicing the discipline of getting a picture where there didn’t appear to be one and getting it Finished in a timely manner, to professional standards. I also learned to create imminently readable images despite poor reproduction in a small size. Though it took me several years to get this, the value of making photos that illustrated something already laid out in the story was suddenly Not Enough, and I began to make assignment pictures that added dimensions not already in the writing, or better Yet, raised questions so that the reader would go to the story for more answers. Having gained more than dreamt of, when starting out, I left to pursue my own personal photography, mounting exhibits along the way. I also worked with commercial photographer friends doing studio product photography, and making headshots for actors. Later, I also helmed a Public Radio “spacemusic” program, and acted in a Wilmington, NC drama company. I put the cameras away for a few years, to finish shedding the habit of self-limiting my identity as just “Photographer”, and can now pursue personal pleasure and expression through the freedom that digital imaging offers. Sharing photos on Flickr and participating locally in meetups and outings has renewed a passion for making new images and for sharing the process with others. For some time, I’ve found myself writing detailed comments on other people’s photos, as well as thoughts and pet ideas about photography, in general.

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