UNEXPECTED OPPORTUNITY

Sometimes when I don’t think I’m going to find anything to shoot, the beauty of a scene jumps out at me in such unexpected places – like the mall!  But, not just any mall.  This was South Coast Plaza, arguably the most prestigious mall in all of Orange County.  And today was part of a special celebration!

Fourteen teams, made up of local architects, designers, engineers and related industry professionals, had worked feverishly throughout the night on Friday, September 3, 2010, after the close of business at the South Coast Plaza, to assemble elaborate structures that are constructed entirely out of canned food items as part of the third annual Orange County Canstruction® design competition and event. Creative and often quite complex, these canned food structures can be as tall as eight feet and as wide as 10 feet. The event, which is being held in conjunction with the ninth annual Festival of Children®, also serves as a food drive for the Orange County Food Bank so the teams are motivated to create sizeable structures that, when de-canstructed on September 26th, will feed as many people as possible.

I thought this exhibit might produce some amazing photographic opportunities.  Suffice it to say, the displays were pretty amazing.  But due to the crowds of people and temporary restraining barriers, the opportunities for photography never materialized.  Don’t worry, I’m heading back for another attempt this week.

All was not lost, however.  By simply turning my attention elsewhere, I discovered a whole new opportunity.  South Coast Plaza is known for their beautiful flower beds and floral arrangements throughout the mall – and particularly on the skywalk.

I love to shoot floras from a low perspective to capture their color against a vibrant blue background.

This is a unique Kangaroo Plant flower bud.  I thought the detail of the tiny ray of sun shining directly on this bud was captivating.

White on black with a full-frame bloom.  I loved the contrast.

Color, color, color!

And when you’re in such a beautiful environment as this mall provides, always remember to look up for your most memorable shot may be just waiting for your attention – as was this mosaic cut-glass dome, located high above the main staging area.

I love shooting flowers, but haven’t really done any for a few months.  It was nice to go back down this path.

Thanks for stopping by.  I’ll see you tomorrow.

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~ by photographyfree4all on September 13, 2010.

52 Responses to “UNEXPECTED OPPORTUNITY”

  1. SPECTACULAR! I LOVE YOUR ENTHUSIASM….IT IS SO INSPIRING. AND IT JUST ADDS SUCH A PLEASANT TOUCH TO YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY AS WELL. GEE YOU ARE A BLESSING….

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  2. Making lemonade out of lemons is a good photo skill to have! So many times what I’ve set out to shoot isn’t what I END up shooting and I have come to enjoy the surprises. Bravo!

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  3. Well you certainly managed to capture some pretty stunning images, and I’ll be sure to check back for the possible canned architecture…

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  4. Thank you for being so kind, Elena! I’m so glad you stopped by and left this comment. I hope you’ll come back again, soon. Comments like yours encourage me greatly.

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  5. Thanks for stopping Milkay! Your comment is so true, as I’m sure you know. I often find shots I wasn’t expecting. And they are for the most part some of my best shots. I hope you’ll stop by again, soon!

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  6. Funky, I’m really glad you stopped by today! Thank you for your kind comment. I hope you will check back because I’m heading back there tomorrow prepared to twist and turn to get the shot.

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  7. I love what you did with the mosaic cut-glass dome. A fantastic job of composing, to put the dome off-center so the rest of just spreads like a fan, Well done,

    Bob

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  8. Superb close-ups of the flowers. Beautiful work.

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  9. Thanks Panama! I appreciate your comment and kind words. I hope you’ll stop by again.

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  10. Thanks for your input, Bob! I really appreciate your comment. It was quite a challenge to get some sort of semetry to the shot. Every time I took a shot, something seemed off – lines going everywhere, it just didn’t seem right. I think my decision to capture only a part of it allowed me to present more of the detail, too. Thanks for stopping by, Bob.

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  11. I don’t think it would have worked as good if the dome was dead center. This way it almost like it is something that is sending rays outward, like a morning sunrise might. I love it.

    Bob

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  12. Love that first pic! The sharpness and contrast between the colors is outstanding!

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  13. Yes, I think you’re quite right, Bob! I really liked it too. Thanks!

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  14. Thank you for your kind words. Derrick! I’m so glad you stopped by today. Many times it’s difficult to get this perspective because the flowers are so low to the ground. But, I have been seen at times flat on my belly in order to gain the right angle to get the shot. I hope you’ll stop by again, soon.

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  15. You’ve got some phenomenal macro shots here. What kind of lens do you use? The kangaroo plant is my favorite, it’s so interesting looking, and the more I stare at the shot the more detail I see.

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  16. Thanks for your comment, Amy! I really appreciate your kind words. For all of these shots I used a 28-135mm zoom. Some of the shots were cropped post processing to gain the “macro” feel that I wanted to present. Some day I’ll have a macro lens and that won’t be necessary. But until that day, I’ll continue doing the best I can with what I have. I hope you’ll come back again, soon.

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  17. Love the mosaic glass shot especially- almost looks like you can get lost staring into it.

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  18. Gorgeous shot of that mosaic dome, I love how the light shining through giving the colours that vibrancy…

    The ruffled edges of the red petals remind me of flamenco dresses (~:

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  19. Thank you for stopping by, bbworld. It’s amazing what I almost missed because I wasn’t looking up. Ther comment was very kind. I hope you’ll stop by again, soon.

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  20. I was just responding to another comment about the mosaic dome. i thought it was stunning live and it translated pretty well in this shot. thank you for your kind words, Crystal. I’m glad you stopped by today. I hope you’ll come back soon.

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  21. These are very very nice!!! I love the compositions on them, especially that first vibrant flower and the dome, very very nice!!

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  22. Love the colour and vibrancy of these shots. Nice work!

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  23. Everyone seems to like the mosaic dome, Michael. Thanks for stopping by and adding this comment. I really appreciate it. To think, I almost missed the dome. But, as soon as I looked up I knew I had a shot there!

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  24. Thanks, Journey! I’m glad you stopped by today!

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  25. OOOHH I’m going to love following you!

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  26. Wonderful colors. Great composition. Your macro work is intriguing.

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  27. Glad to have you along. I’m really glad you stopped by and left this comment. Come back again, soon!

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  28. Thanks for your kind words, Kris. I love shooting close-up shots, but feel I’m still limited without a true macro lens. But that will come someday. Thanks for stopping by. I do hope you’ll venture back again.

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  29. I really like that mosaic cut-glass dome photo a lot! Thanks for all the great photos you continue to share!

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  30. Thanks for sharing all these new photos! I particularly like the last two : the amazing red flower close-up, and the mosaic dome. The mosaic shot has a great structure and the colours are amazing! Although it’s very different from the flower shots in lots of ways, it could also be compared to a flower itself.

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  31. Great composition on these! I absolutely love the glass dome– what a great art piece!

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  32. Barb, thank you for your kind comment! I love the mosaic, too! In fact, it has been a hit with almost everyone. Stop by again, soon.

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  33. Thanks for leaving this kind comment, Kai! I love the red flower, too. I really love that you can see the detail of the pollen on the pedals. I think that is what really does it for me. I have a framed print of it hanging in my office. I hope you’ll stop by again, soon!

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  34. You certainly have a great eye to favor that mosaic, Kiki! To think I almost missed it because I wasn’t looking up! Thanks for stopping by and leaving this comment!

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  35. That cut-glass dome is just WOW.

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  36. It really is isn’t it!! Thanks for your comment and kind words, I heart! I’m so glad you stopped by today.

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  37. I love all of these photos, the colours are so bright and I like how they have similar shapes

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  38. Thanks for stopping by, weeklylol! I hope you’ll come back, soon.

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  39. Wow! That last shot is phenomenal!

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  40. Thanks, Ruthanne! I almost missed it as I was not paying attention to what was overhead. I’m so glad you stopped by today. I hope you’ll come by tomorrow.

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  41. I was glad I stopped for a moment and checked out your sight! Your photography is outstanding. I love your “wish list!” Stop by again!

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  42. Oh my, these were just STUNNING!!!!!! You’ve inspired me today♥

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  43. I love the last photo! I’m glad you decided to look up!!

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  44. Thank you for this tremendous compliment, Susan. I’m glad you stopped by today. Do come back!

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  45. Thank you for this comment, Susan. I am too! I hope you’ll come back again, soon.

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  46. […] may remember my escapades of photographing this exhibit from an earlier post.  Well, I was finally somewhat successful.  Folks, never give up on a […]

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  47. i love the low angle for flowers too, i think it works great for babies as well.

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  48. A low angle does work well with young children and babies. thanks for stopping by and leaving this comment! I hope you’ll come back again, soon.

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  49. I like the flowers… but… The mosaic is divine!

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  50. I’m so glad you stopped by today, sprittibee! I have to admit, the mosaic is becoming one of my favorite shots from last week! And to think, I almost missed it. Thank you for leaving this comment. I hope you’ll stop by again, soon!

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  51. Love all of these shots! The composition is great, and I never thought of shooting from underneath the flowers. Did you use a macro lens?

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  52. Thank you for this wonderful comment, Catherine. It can be difficult to shoot the flowers from underneath simply because you can’t always create that shot because the flowers are too low to the ground. But, this time it worked. I was using my 28-135mm zoom fro these shots, then a little cropping post processing. I’m glad you stopped by. I hope you’ll come back soon.

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