Thanksgiving Sunshine

It’s always nice when you can bring both sides of a family together for a special holiday, which is what we did for Thanksgiving.  Not only were my parents in town for a visit, but Mike’s mom, sister, and brother-in-law also joined us for Thanksgiving dinner, and they brought with them an absolutely gorgeous bouquet of flowers.  It was not, however, until the next morning while I was eating breakfast that I really had time to appreciate fully their beauty.

After breakfast was over, my mom and I remained at the kitchen table practicing our photography skills on the bouquet.  My dad and Mike were just shaking their heads at us when a half an hour passed and we were still sitting there snapping away with our cameras.  You would think that something so pretty would be easy to photograph, but it was surprisingly difficult.  I took shot after shot trying to capture the look I wanted, but it wasn’t until the natural light coming in the window was at a certain angle and I put up a homemade backdrop behind the flowers that I began to have any success.  Here are two of my favourites.  Which do you prefer, the dark background or the light background?

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24 Responses to Thanksgiving Sunshine

  1. the dark is beautifully dramatic; the light reminiscent of morning

  2. Dor says:

    The dark…. high drama…. artistic….frameable…gallery worthy…worth all your effort! 🙂

  3. TBM says:

    Nice photos. I wish I could have fresh flowers around the house, but my allergies go crazy. When I worked in an office I hated Valentine’s day–my eyes would be red and runny. And all I did was sneeze.

  4. Marie-Charlotte says:


  5. Dark – definitely the dark!!! … 🙂 **

  6. David Hall says:

    Stunning photos. Gorgeous colour and texture. Love the yellow.

    • Thanks David! I love the yellow too. The same flower in red is also in the bouquet, but I always find red flowers really difficult to photograph for some reason. That’s why I stuck to experimenting with the yellow.

  7. krikitarts says:

    I really like your selection of depth of field in both shots. The one with the lighter background would probably look a little better in a bright, light-colored room with yellow curtains, but as a stand-alone, the dark background renders the flower much more dramatically, and it would help to brighten up an otherwise dark-ish room. Great stuff, Cindy!

    • Thank you so much! I love how you always put so much thought into your comments :). Do you know what the best part is? Because I have been learning so much lately, I actually understand now what you mean by selecting the depth of field :). I would never have thought it possible, but I think I am actually becoming a little bit creative LOL!

  8. sayvan says:

    I have to vote for them both.. they are each unique and different

  9. zelmare says:

    I agree with sayvan, I vote for both! My first reaction was the dark, but then I looked again, and again, and I changed my mind. There is something about the soft light in the second one that really appeals to me. So they both get my vote! 🙂

  10. ladyfi says:

    Fabulous shots. I prefer the dark background as it really makes the colours and details pop!

  11. Inspired and pretty says:

    Oh, sooooo beautiful ! I can’t decide between the two backgrounds, I love them equally 🙂

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