Saturday, March 7, 2009


I hope I'll get some comments on this post... I'd like to hear what people have to say about these photos. As you know, I usually shoot with wide angle lenses to capture a broader view of nature. I constantly notice little details, though, and I am trying to incorporate more images like these into my portfolio. These shots were thanks to Paul once again ( He took us on a little nature hike in Florida to show us where these beautiful snails live. There are some even better shots on his website - in his Fauna gallery. I was happy with what I did get. We'll have to try again next time!
We're putting some finishing touches on our registration setup for our seminar. We'd like to have it up and running by the end of the week. I hope some of you will join us!

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Anonymous Iratxe said...

Hi Varina,
I prefer the first one because it brings out more from the background. Close the angle of view is a good choice to capture little details although is difficult to get used to see in this diferent way and to transmit with few elements all the information. I think you are in the right direction.

Best regards

March 10, 2009 at 4:59 AM  
Blogger Varina Patel said...

Thanks, Iratxe. I'll keep working on it. :) There are many excellent macro photographers out there, and one of these days I'll figure out how they do it. I love the fact that there is always so much to learn in photography.

March 10, 2009 at 7:21 AM  
Anonymous Seung Kye Lee said...

Hi Varina.

I really love your work and wide, beautiful landscapes is what I mostly what comes up in my mind thinking of Varina Patel.

But...also I`ve seen your outstanding collection of close-ups and portraits as well and many of them leave a deep impression on me.
These last images are gorgeous as to color, light and composotion.
For some reason the compositions seems a little "weightless" to me, but I guess that`s due to their natural placement and the challenge to shoot them best possible way without organizing them and disturbing their existence.

Anyway, they have your signature I can tell and think they`re very pleasing to view.
I have followed your work for some time and will definetely keep on reading your blog and looking for new images on your site.

Best regards
Seung Kye

*I would love if you took a look at my gallery of norwegian landscapes etc. if you have the time and tell me what you think.

March 10, 2009 at 8:09 AM  
Blogger Varina Patel said...

Thanks so much, Seung Kye. I'm glad you like my snails. :) It is certainly difficult to photograph living things in their natural environment. I don't want to disturb them in any way - I find that the greatest challenge in taking a photo like this one is getting the tripod into position. The light was nice and even, and these little fellows weren't moving - so everything else was easy. :)

I love your Norwegian landscapes - I'd be happy to take another look and give you some feedback!

March 10, 2009 at 8:18 AM  
Anonymous Seung Kye Lee said...

Hi again, Varina.

I just got mail that you`ve commented on my images at my web-gallery. You really surprised me reacting so fast and taking the time responding. I am honored!
Thank you.

I must add that my wife always like to follow your work and have the deepest respect for how you manage a famlily life, with many sweet children, and yet, seem to have this energy to travel and work constantly. I am impressed too and find your blog very inspiring. We have only one 10-year old son, but after reading your blogs, we have found new ways of organizing the daily life and still get to travel and work on photography. That, amongst other qualities, is what I find very inspiring about you and Jay.
Keep up the good work.

Well...enough of this ranting..for now anyways :-)
Good luck on your seminar Varina!

Wish you peace and happiness in every breath, in every single step.

Seung Kye

March 10, 2009 at 9:11 AM  
Blogger Varina Patel said...

:) - no trouble at all, Seung Kye. It's always a pleasure to look through your images.

Many thanks to both you and your wife for your kind words. Juggling family and photography work is tricky - but I feel very lucky to have both in my life. My children make every day worthwhile, and photography is an absolute pleasure. I wish you the best of luck with your family and your photography as well.


March 10, 2009 at 10:20 AM  
Anonymous Paul Marcellini said...

These look great Varina. The yellow one is still glued firmly in place.

March 16, 2009 at 11:14 AM  
Blogger Varina Patel said...

Still sleeping, eh? Isn't it about time to wake up? :)

March 16, 2009 at 11:31 AM  

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