Photos vs. Pics #MizMeliz #Photography

Posted on April 18th, 2012 by & filed under Be Inspired, Everything Miz Meliz

I’ve been getting into cell phone photography lately. Especially since I got my iPhone. I have four different camera apps. Since I learned a little about photography and used an old Nikon SLR in the 90’s, I feel like I know what I am doing. Lately, I have enjoyed taking pictures of flowers. They are so beautiful, colorful and stand still when you ask them to pose. I recently had the opportunity to have some of my photos appear on another blog! Check it out!

http://mngirlinla.com/2012/04/09/week-2-of-cell-phone-photography-entries/

I also started a Tumblr account and I am trying to post one picture everyday.

http://www.tumblr.com/blog/mizmeliz

More of my pics can be found at my Flickr account. . .

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mizmeliz/

What I love most about photography is that it is another creative way to express myself that I can enjoy and bring joy to others. I have been influenced by some amazing artists such as R.C. Gorman and Georgia O’Keefe. Even though they are painters, their work inspires me and I like to try to match life to the paintings that they did that depicted life in such an amazing way. Yes, I used “amazing” twice here! I am amazed and astonished by the beautiful colors and tones that I am surrounded by every day.

Georgia O’Keefe Painting

Recently, I met a photographer that I have connected with on many levels. She uses her photography of flowers to help patients feel better. I first saw her work in 2007 at the Religious Education Congress in Anaheim, CA. I purchased a set of cards with prints of her roses. At the same conference in March of this year (2012,) I saw an exhibit of flower photography and I recognized the work. It was then that I realized the photography I was drawn to was highly influenced by this artist, Elizabeth Thoman, CHM. I found myself at her booth in the exhibit hall quite by accident. As I began to speak with the attendant at the booth asking if this was the same artist that I saw in 2007, I realized it was the artist herself! I showed her some of my pics and asked her how she got started. We “clicked” almost instantly.

Liz invited me to have dinner with her and over drinks we got to know each other and it became clear that we had much in common and could help each other with a few things. She showed me her camera and how she composes her photos. I showed her my iPhone and how I use post processing to get some of the same effects that her traditional photography skills produce. We discussed why we love taking pictures of flowers. For her, it has a real purpose. See her website to get the deets! She is an amazing person!

www.HealingPetals.org

Liz Thoman, Photography

There is a definite difference between photos and “pics.” I take pics. I snap things that I see when I see them. Later, I clean up the images and play with them and, if I am lucky, I get a pretty picture that I can share. Liz takes photos. She arranges the flowers on a table in her kitchen and uses the “magic hour” available light in the morning to capture the immense beauty of the handpicked flower in it’s best light. She doesn’t use film, so no developing. Her camera is digital, like mine. The main difference is in the preparation and planning.

I hope you enjoy my pics!

Copyright 2012 Melissa Reyes, Photography

photo by Melissa Reyes copyright 2012 https://i1.wp.com/mizmeliz.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/cropped-april-2012-049.jpg?resize=950%2C264

Color Splash Photo by Melissa Reyes

 

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3 responses to “Photos vs. Pics #MizMeliz #Photography”

  1. MizMeliz says:

    Reblogged this on Miz Meliz and commented:

    This post is one of my most popular, so I thought I would share it again. Sometimes we are fortunate enough to take a photo that we really like and I love to look at the ones in this post. I hope you enjoy them, too!
    Also, check the links because the friends that are the “real” photographers have even better photos to share!
    Thanks!

  2. Ann says:

    I so agree; what a gorgeous photo.

  3. You have a great eye for photography so definitely keep taking pictures =)

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