My Observations: I love the sharp focus on the flower and the soft blur of my hands. I love the white fleck on the one petal, adds a little imperfection. Great contrast between the whiteness of my hands and the black of the piano bench and the dark gray of my shirt sleeves. The red flower adds wonderful color to an otherwise monochromatic setting.
The Story Behind the Picture: I had just been outside in the falling snow with this flower and vase shooting for a different class assignment. It was about bringing the inside outside. I had my mittens on outside and had them cupped around the vase. I had gotten the shot I wanted outside so I decided to come inside and use my north window light to get an inside shot. In warmth and without the mittens.
My Heart Connection: This flower is part of a bouquet that my dad brought me for Valentine's Day. For most of my married life (almost 27 years now) my dad has stopped over every Valentine's Day with a bouquet of grocery store flowers. Maybe he does it to let me know that he is still one of the men in my life, maybe he does it just because he loves me. This year he apologized because he didn't have roses. I told him these are even better because they will last longer. Two weeks later they are still going strong in a vase on my counter. A lovely reminder of his love.