Sweet Snowdrop

Hello, friends! The Equinox approaches, the coins of the year already nearly a quarter of the way spent and jangling away in memory.

Galanthus nivalis
Snowdrop

Sweet snowdrops, early heralds of spring. Their delicate performance is nearly over, captured here in the lingering light of a longer day, soft sunlight through an open window. Do you see how it illuminates the fragile structure, so much smaller than the tip of my finger? Do snowdrops hold a place in your heart?

But I’m afraid I have told you an untruth. Forgive me, but I wanted to make a small point, as you are interested in what I do. You see, in fact, I took these photographs late last night, in the small hours of deepest darkness, when most people are snuggled in sleep.

On my way up to bed, passing my studio, I remembered that I promised this precious little bloom (the only one of his kind that braved our incessant rain this month) that if he allowed me to cut him out of the garden, I would take his portrait and share him with the world.

And thus, I did. Knowing that his beauty might be withered by morning, I did it then and there. Pitch black and bucketing rain outside but a sunny spring day inside.

And so, dear friends, I offer a little tip for you. If you are serious about your photographic journey, please don’t limit yourself to only sunny, daylight hours. Be willing and able to get any photograph, at any time. Every moment matters – and they are all fleeting. Learn proper studio lighting – it isn’t hard or expensive. It’s a whole new world.

Without it I wouldn’t be able to share this sweet Galanthus with you today. Doesn’t he look proud?

• • • •
Thank you, as always, for your visits and lovely words. I know our thoughts and hearts and wishes and love are oceans away with our island nation friends. I appreciate the time you take to stop here.
love,
– g
p. s. Nikon 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens, at f/5.0, 1/250th of a second, Paul C. Buff softbox, Alien Bees B800 monolight, on Manfrotto tripod

51 comments


  • What a lovely little chap! I bet he appreciated it. Can't wait to get home.

    March 14, 2011
  • Wow Georgianna, you did a great job! These are beautiful and I'm sure he was very glad that you kept your promise :)

    March 14, 2011
  • ze zijn zo mooi die sneeuwklokjes, heb er ook een paar op een vaasje staan, leuk zijn je foto's geworden.

    fijne dag liefs Stina

    March 14, 2011
  • What a lovely biography for a snowdrop! The snowdrop and you do bring out the best in each other. :)

    Liz

    March 14, 2011
  • studio lighting is a path I've thought of but am yet to travel down. Thank you for being so generous in sharing some of your tips and favourite products. x

    March 14, 2011
  • My dear he does look proud and you are a saint and a true credit to our little community.
    The snowdrop is a gorgeous representative of Spring trying to burst through…I LOVE it. xx

    March 14, 2011
  • How lovely this snowdrops are!
    Very beautiful!
    Wish you a wonderful week
    Hugs,
    Yvonne

    March 15, 2011
  • I've never seen such flowers in my place! It, sorry, he is very specific: little and tender and magnificent at the same time, with a very unique petals form and a very interesting transparent leave! Thanks for sharing!

    March 15, 2011
  • BEAUTIFUL! Honestly, your photo's are so so captivating, I can't say anything else. And thank you for sharing the detailed information, I would love to invest in good lighting and space but that has to wait a bit longer though…Shot with a softbox for the first time last week :)
    You give flowers the attention they deserve. Hope you have a great week.

    March 15, 2011
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    March 15, 2011
  • Besides inspiring me with your wonderful flower portraits you've got me reflecting on the use of light again.

    I always use sunlight, but I become nervous when I see the sun and I'm not able to start making photos. This is not always improving my mood hihi.

    Perhaps I should give my softbox another try. The truth is that I love working with sunlight because it is always a surprise when she shows her face and how the light is moving. It is an intimate interaction for me.

    Thank you so much for the sweet reminder though, and a big hug for the sharing, xxx Sas

    March 15, 2011
  • Just beautiful!!! Stunning and sweet.
    Cindy

    March 15, 2011
  • so beautiful…..I love the focus on each and every one….so beautiful the white green and pink!

    March 15, 2011
  • Dear Georgianna, Lovely photographs, Your choice of background color is so perfect for he little snowdrop. It is always the first flower that blooms in my garden…so welcome after the long winter.

    March 15, 2011
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    March 15, 2011
  • Hi G
    This is a sweet little snowdrop and I'm glad you captured it, even if it was at night.
    The pink background is a nice contrast and really makes the flower stand out.
    Judith

    March 15, 2011
  • Dearest sweet g, each of these photos are just magical! I love the capture on each one. Have a lovely merry happy day and love to you!

    March 15, 2011
  • G, these are soo beautiful!! i really need to learn how to use studio lighting as right now i usually only take pictures in daylight b/c that's the only thing i know how to do!!!

    March 15, 2011
  • That snowdrop is so gentle and sweet!

    Love your little advice about photography. I find myself very, very attracted to the daylight, but you're right – it's a whole new world, venturing away from only daylight.

    Again, my favorite photo? The one of the snowdrop in the little teacup!

    Hope you've been doing just fine, dearest G! Sending love your away! xx

    March 15, 2011
  • These photos are just the sweetest. The snowdrops looked so delicate–you captured them perfectly.

    March 15, 2011
  • Superbly done. Gorgeous images.

    March 15, 2011
  • Stunning photos! So delicate and dainty. Thank you. Pamela

    March 15, 2011
  • I can't believe you photographed this sweet little flower at night in your house! Beautiful!!
    I love seeing those first little snowdrops coming up. It means spring is just around the corner!

    March 15, 2011
  • Amazing! I have never looked at a snowdrop so closely before, and you showcased it in all its beauty. "Crowned in glory"

    March 15, 2011
  • hello dear friend…in these days its so much more touching to read your lines and be here with you and discover your beautiful work…thanks for this wonderful post…it gives my heart a little smile…hope that all is fine for you and your work…wish you a lovley rest of the week and much more…cheers and hugs…i…

    March 15, 2011
  • I haven't any word for this beautiful!
    Thanks !
    Monica

    March 15, 2011
  • This is my first visit to your magical world and I came here via a friend, at In A Soft Light.
    I now want to learn studio lighting. I have a small Ott light but that isn't the same. Your photographs are captivating and I leave here feeling better about the world.
    Well, although I'm about to watch the national news and we all know how that will go . . .

    March 15, 2011
  • A tiny little cluster of snowdrops at the end of our street was the first tangible sign of spring I saw here in our town. I was surprised too at how early they had bloomed, still technically being winter! Now spring is coming up everywhere it seems. Azaleas are blooming, daffodils are up. And I am waiting for the cherry blossoms. I love the life that spring brings!
    Your snowdrops are gorgeous. I love seeing your flowers!

    March 15, 2011
  • Oh, to have a studio… sigh… I'm afraid the best I can do at the moment is a homemade lightbox. Your images are beautiful, dear G, as always. :)

    It's a rainy, dreary day here this morning, and my thoughts are halfway across the world… can pain and sadness and heartbreak travel somehow across the ether…? I pray they find comfort and strength.

    March 16, 2011
  • The photos are so, so beautiful! The snowdrops are such delicate flowers and you've captured so well this quality. Ada

    March 16, 2011
  • Oh yes G I do hold a special place in my heart for the tiny snowdrops.
    And how fascinating that you took these indoors- you'd never know.
    It's allowed you to show us the petals in such detail!
    I too am thinking so much of Japan and did a post today with regards to it.
    Sending my love to you dear friend, Kat xx

    March 16, 2011
  • Georgianna you are truest of artists through the camera lens. I think my heat stopped when I saw these pictures of your lovely little snowdrop. I can't believe your amazing talent my friend.
    sending hugs

    March 16, 2011
  • Douce et belle pour les yeux little snowdrop. Thank you for sharing your beautiful photographs.

    March 16, 2011
  • snowdrops are so beautiful. we never thought of planting them…i think we will have to revisit that thought…how lovely that you have flowers that you can pick from your yard already…aaah! the pacific northwest….

    have a great weekend

    hugs.

    March 17, 2011
  • Lovely!….smiles.

    March 17, 2011
  • This one is so beautiful! As you know snowdrops are special to me (remember my birthday post?) and I love their simple and pretty elegance. Those shots are stunning. Love from London xo

    March 17, 2011
  • I don't know if I've every actually seen a snowdrop in person. They appear so delicate and sweet. You must have lot of light to photograph with in order to accomplish such a crisp, clear, colorful image!

    March 17, 2011
  • We do not see snowdrops here in Italy so this was particularly appreciated .

    March 18, 2011
  • Hi Georgianna,
    Wonderful!! I hold snowdrops very dear. One of my favorites. Oh dear, I probably say that of far to many flowers. Can't help myself!
    The close-ups are amazing. Very beautiful. Backgrounds are also interesting. Experimenting at the moment with different coloured cards and fabrics. What do you tend to use? I have not gone down the route of lighting yet. But I know the day will come – soon.
    Have a lovely weekend.
    Ingrid xoxo

    March 18, 2011
  • Magia, siempre hallo en tus imágenes la magia, que desprenden su luz y nos deja entrever tu propia mirada, pues en ellas dejas tal y como las ves. Divina magia que sosiega mi alma.
    Un abrazo inmenso. Besos

    March 18, 2011
  • What beautiful photographs Georgianna!
    We don't see a lot of snowdrops here, and they are such beautiful flowers, so it is truly special to see them here. Thank you!!
    I wish you a beautiful weekend!

    March 19, 2011
  • These are beautiful, G. Thanks for sharing your "secrets" of lighting. It's something that I've been looking into and appreciate the links you've shared. We have far too many gray cloudy days here to rely on just sunshine for light. xo

    March 19, 2011
  • I'm sure I commented on this post before but I can't see it now. Love this G! :) Gorgeous photos taken in the night. I need to experiment more. Love the snowdrops – they are so promising and beautiful. I finally saw a few outdoors today. Have a lovely weekend! xo Karin

    March 19, 2011
  • Very cute little flower and great reminder about taking pics anytime of the day or night. I got a light and stuff but just haven't played with it much. Must make a point to start playing!! Have a wonderful week my friend!!! :)

    March 19, 2011
  • Hi Georgianna! Tonight super full moon, tomorow spring… and now the fabulous shots!! What a week…

    OK; I know that contemporary art doesn’t take unanimous approval… But some pieces are worth seeing. Check it at Blogtrotter Two, enjoy and have a superb weekend!!

    March 19, 2011
  • OH Georgianna, these photos are SO very precious! I've NEVER ever seen a real snowdrop flower, and I'm so very grateful to your valiant little flower for posing for you! OOO thank you for putting him in a teacup so I could see his real size, too. Indeed he is very proud, and I am ever so charmed by him. Life and beauty are precious, and we should capture them as often and whenever we can. Thank you so much for sharing your little snowdrop flower with us before the start of spring- How cheerful and inspiring these photos are!
    love,
    Sherilyn Koss at Clear Crick Cottage

    March 19, 2011
  • Gorgeous shots, dear Georgianna, and what a charming model posing for us!
    You've captured wonderfully its fleeting beauty..! And especially at large scale it looks so breathtaking!

    Have a beautiful, fruitful new week with a lots of inspiration! :)
    Hugs from my heart!

    March 20, 2011
  • I can't get over how translucent his leaf is. So beautiful.

    March 26, 2011
  • Hi Georgianna,

    I love the sweet little snowdrop and you have captured it so beautifully.
    Have a wonderful week

    Hugs
    Carolyn

    March 27, 2011
  • So sweet! I love the precious manner in which you wrote about this sweet little bloom. Thank you for burning the midnight oil to share a little light with us.

    March 16, 2012
  • Thank you so much, Khristian! best, Georgianna

    March 17, 2012

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