A dear friend of mine gave me a beautiful bouquet to help me celebrate my favorite month: October. It was delivered today, and I couldn’t resist taking photos!

This is my first post about photography, and I’m a little nervous. But nerves never stop me! Keep in mind that I’m a hobby photographer who is just starting to learn about this form of art. I’m going to attempt to use terms properly.

All photos in this post were taken on my old iPhone 6 using the CoPedvic 4K HD 0.67X Super Wide Angle Lens.

© Ann Garcia October 2020

Why a wide-angle lens?

Thanks to a helpful blog article by Sheen Watkins, I learned that a wide angle lens adds dimension to up-close photos. They exaggerate depth, distort scale, and add emphasis to foreground.

© Ann Garcia October 2020
© Ann Garcia October 2020

I love the artistic feel of photos with a crisp foreground and blurry background. If you look closely at these images, you’ll see that my wide-angle lens captured the foreground beautifully while faintly blurring the background. You can especially see this effect in the top right corner of each image presented above. Notice how the top right corner of each image is blurred just enough to add artistic impact? Without the wide-angle lens, my phone camera just isn’t that talented. I love the delicious images I capture when using a wide-angle lens.

Right now, I’m working on improving my skills with up-close subjects. I currently gravitate toward flowers and plants for this purpose, but someday, I’ll practice taking landscape photos.

© Ann Garcia October 2020

The image above provides another example of how a wide-angle lens emphasizes the foreground in up-close photos. Look at the blurriness of the roses compared to the starburst of the chrysanthemum.

And, finally, look again at this image of the darling pumpkin bouquet.

© Ann Garcia October 2020

Remember – a wide-angle lens distorts scale. See how the ceiling line angles in the upper left corner of the image? In real life, that ceiling line is parallel to the ground. For me, the distorted line of the ceiling draws attention to the lovely lop-sided nature of the mop of flowers atop the pumpkin’s head.

So, there you have it. My first post about photography is complete! Now I’m wondering what you think about it. Have you ever taken photos using a wide-angle lens? If so, I’d love to hear what you think about that type of lens. Do you have suggestions for me? Even more importantly, do you love that pumpkin bouquet, too? I can’t get enough of looking at it!

Thank you for taking a moment to read my post and view my photos. I’m really happy you stopped by. Feel free to follow me here on riverblossoms.com for more posts about photography and poetry.

Happy October to you!