Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Bees + Flowers + Trees // A Photo Taking Adventure


Last weekend, Robbie I were reminiscing about the spontaneous adventure trip we took in March, and decided to get in the car and just drive.  We couldn't take another overnight trip, but we wanted to find somewhere new and interesting where we could wander and take some pictures.  We ended up coming upon a park in the western Chicago suburbs called Cantigny.  I'd actually been there a loooong time ago (like high school), with an oil painting group.  I didn't remember much about it, other than the fact that it was beautiful and massive.  Those are both good qualities for a location to possess when you're hoping to have some photo taking fun, so we went for it.


Lucky for us, it was a nice day, and there was a ridiculous amount of gorgeous flowers, plants and trees (and honeybees!) everywhere. We don't have a fancy camera, but Robbie does have an Olloclip lens for his iPhone, which makes for some pretty killer macro shots.


When we're on one of our picture taking adventures, we try to just enjoy it and not obsess over details.  If we see something cool, one (or both) of us takes a picture.  It's always fun to play around with different filters when we're using our iPhones, so we didn't even bust out the camera and just focused on snapping pics that way.  (Side note >> Maybe I'm getting old, but does anyone else ever think about how cool it is that you can use a phone for photography these days?  My dad, who refuses to even go digital and only uses black and white film that he develops himself, would disagree.  But I think it's kind of amazing that you can produce some really rad images via a cell phone.)


I'm fairly certain we'll visit Cantigny again in the summertime.  I think it would be awesome to go back in a couple of months (and maybe again in the fall) and see how the plants and flowers change with the seasons.  Maybe we'll put together a little seasonal "bees + flowers + trees" photo series...

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19 comments:

  1. These are incredible! Love the vivid colors. I'm going to have to get my hands on an olloclip as soon as I get an iPhone. Great pictures, Robbie and Melissa!

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  2. I can't believe these were taken with an iphone! Amazing! I love drives to no destination. They're the best! The bf & I have been on a photography craze, so we've been doing the same and testing out our camera collection. It's been fun!

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  3. So so so so so so so pretty! Happy spring to you!

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  4. oh please do create a series! i'm sure it will be such a non work for you creative way to express yourself, melissa! yes, i agree the digital age we now live is such a wonder. we are quite spoiled by it, in the now we expect it type of way. "let me tell you bout the birds & the bees, & the flowers in the trees, & the world up above & a thing called love." http://youtu.be/umyl-wWRkJ4

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  5. I enjoyed these photographs and thought for sure you used a dslr. It's amazing that these came from a phone!

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  6. These are amazing! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. I can't believe these macro pics are with your phone! Excellent!!

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  8. These are soooooo pretty I can't believe you guys used an Iphone!!

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  9. It makes me so happy that you guys like these photos. :) It was a fun day. xo, m

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  10. Beautiful post and blog! If you want we can follow each other, I would be very glad to have you as my new friend!:X

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  11. Really awesome pictures! I sometimes can't even get such great photos with my really nice camera. I'm just blown away these were taken with a phone! Holy geez! ; ]

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  12. Pretty proud mama!

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  13. Greaat pictures! I was wondering what you were using when I saw your Instagram pics. I didn't know what an Olloclip was....thanks for sharing the link:))

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  14. I can't believe these are iPhone pictures! I've never heard of that lens before, but now I'm telling Hubsey he can get me one for our anniversary. Thanks for the link!

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  15. These are great! I'm a film photographer who shots on toy cameras. I came across your light leak- looking photos. What filter did you use to make them?

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  16. These are some really cool photos :)
    I'm a digital and film photographer. I shoot mostly film for myself. I shoot on the Holga and some vintage cameras. I love the results. I'm curious, what did you use to make the photos on this post that look light leaked?

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    1. They were taken with the Hipstamatic app on an iPhone. :)

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