These little transforming seed heads each seem to have their own bit of personality when you look at them closely. I am absorbed with the details of form, depth of field, and light (of course!). And they are very cooperative subjects. It is really the breeze that is most playful.
All images © Karen McRae, 2012
66 thoughts on “Playful”
Booyeah! First comment!! *ahem* They really do have a personality… I love the shadow and the movement of them. ❤
Thanks, Moofie! 🙂
Thanks so much!
Loving this whole series… so delicate.
Thanks very much, David. My next post will be a bit different…
Wow – the focus you achieved does create a sense of movement! Great series!
Thanks you, Karen.
Karen! These are by far my favorite from this series. Each photograph seems to come to life when you stop and stare at them; even though they are still images. They look like lil alien life forms! 🙂 great work once again!
Hi Polly, they do have personality it seems! Thanks for your comments, I always appreciate them.
I like your choice of the title “Playful” too.
Very appropriate which makes us to see in its context.
Yes, they do look playful, I think. Thanks, Yoshizen.
Oh yes, a dance! For me, a modern dance genre, as opposed to a ballet. Delightful!
I think you are right about modern dance, Elena! Thank you.
These images are stunning. The first ones especially. I love the design and softness.
Thanks very much, Jennifer!
these are magic, playful, yet surreal between dance and mystic fantasy, great images!!
Great comment! Thank you.
You are having way too much fun with these, and I love it!
It is fun, for sure. I’m glad you find it enjoyable also, thank you.
Beautiful images! I picture the 4th and 5th photos as xmas cards with a message printed on them 🙂
Thanks so much, Ines.
Those are stunning. The last one, of course, but you already know that…
Yes, the last one is a tiny dancer…
Thank you, K
The Day of the Triffids 🙂 and the breeze can assist or more often be devilish..
Oh, I haven’t seen that movie, have you?
The wind is often uncooperative…but sometimes you can work with it.
I read most of John Wyndams work back in the 70’s Karen and have probably seen the film a couple of times.. I’ve also seen the first TV series of it made in the early 80’s I think but I think there was a newer version too..
Oh that last one is right out of Dr. Suess!
Yes, a bit Suessian!
i love these shots…dreamy:)
Thanks very much, Desiree.
Remarkable images, Karen. Their personality really does shine through.
Simon, thanks very much!
such a beautiful series of art. Love the softness in there 🙂
Thank you, I’m glad you enjoy it.
¡Bellísima serie! el enfoque, desenfoque me encanta, besos
Gracias, Manoli. Agradezco sus comentarios tan amables!
I can see their movement! Exquisite!!!
Marina, the breeze was helping just a little…
Oh they are just so lovely! Bad hair day, good hair day! I empathise! 🙂 hehehe!
We all have bad hair days! 🙂
I really enjoyed these, Karen. I smiled all the way through, enjoying the playfulness. The colors and delicate details are lovely.
Lemony, thank you for saying you smiled all the way through.
I love your ability to make the inanimate dance. Beautiful work, Karen.
Thanks very much, Millie!
These are some pretty flirty plants.
I think if you are a seed head, it might pay to be flirting with the wind and passersby.
Love the light, the shadows, the tones, the perfect focus – well everything about this series. Stunning work. 🙂
Hi Inga, thank you!
YUM! honestly love these – they feel “tickley”, don’t know how to describe it, but they give me tingles..! I love how the tendrils are clear with the blur to the back, gives such a great sense of them creeping forwards and out…very sensual somehow..and that indigo is awesome..I really am loving this series Karen.
Cath, I love your reaction to these. Thank you so very much.
It’s been quite fun seeking out these little personalities.
Your shots are always so great, like they’re from another world! Very jealous, to be honest!
Thank you, Jonny. I’m a bit obsessed with macro images at the moment!
I think in the next few months I might invest in a decent macro lens, what are you using?
Also I’d love a bit of an exposé on how you create those lovely backdrops.
Hi Jonny, I’m heading off camping for a few days, I’ll get back to you on this, okay>
Gosh I love these. Crazy hairstyles – like FraggleRock! Another wonderful series Karen 🙂
Yes, a bit Fraggle Rock like, I hadn’t thought of that. Thanks, Marina!
Thank you very much.
Wow Karen! These are so stimulating and calming at the same time, I wish I could have one of them enlarged to the size of a wall. They almost look like they could belong to the depths of the ocean too, swaying in the water 🙂
I think that soft focus gives a bit of an underwater feel, I like playing with the depth of field!
Thank you so much! 🙂
so very beautiful, I would happily hang one on my wall!
I very much appreciate that, Lisa! That means a lot coming from such a wonderful photographer. Thank you.