Ed Lehming Photography


“The simple gift of light is all the more precious when in the presence of its companion, darkness.” – Ed Lehming  This tulip blossom has provided me a few interesting images. Considering that the photo was made in early evening, with a room filled with light and simply setting my camera to expose to the brightest part of the flower. The background fades to a deep blue in strong contrast to the… Read More

“What do we perceive when faced with something we don’t expect” – Ed Lehming This image, made very spontaneously over dinner a few nights ago, has held my attention since I made it. It’s the result of evening sun shining through a tulip blossom and deliberate focus on one of the anthers within the flower. It’s one of those joyous ‘accidents’ that all photographers get at some point. It’s also the joy… Read More

“Keep a little fire burning; however small, however hidden.” ― Cormac McCarthy It’s not often that I revisit a subject, especially a flower. However, I felt this one needed to be viewed a bit closer in a slightly different composition. So, here it is. The slightly different angle even changed the title for me. I see more of the ‘fire’ in this lovely tulip than I had before. I find it interesting… Read More

“There is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness, and truth.”  ― Leo Tolstoy As the world becomes more complex, on a seemingly daily basis, I find myself drawn to simplicity. Even the title of the image, while quite simple, suffices. This is a single blossom from a larger bouquet and a found myself liking the isolated flower more than the whole arrangement I enjoy spending time with the subjects of my… Read More

“The world would be a brighter, happier place, if we could only remember our childhood wonder.”  ― P.J. Roscoe Mothers Day, birthdays, and anniversaries, all fill my Mays with great cheer. And thus, they also fill my house with flowers, which must be photographed. With several changes in my family the past year, the most significant being the birth of my first grandson a mere two weeks ago, I’ve had to repurpose my… Read More

“I want to hold the hand inside you I want to take a breath that’s true I look to you and I see nothing I look to you to see the truth You live your life You go in shadows You’ll come apart and you’ll go blind Some kind of night into your darkness Colors your eyes with what’s not there. – Mazzy Star My recent fascination with the colour, texture, and form… Read More

“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche I came across yet another near-expired tulip. This one’s petals reminded me of a dancer ,with arms outstretched to the sky, spinning and dancing in the sun. It would appear a final flourish is in order. Nikon D800 Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm 2.0 sec, f/36.0 ISO… Read More

“To only see ‘death’ in death is to somehow assume that death itself is a barrier so abrupt that God Himself is halted by it. To see ‘life’ in death is to understand that death is a sprawling horizon to a new beginning that God created long before death ever thought to show up.” ― Craig D. Lounsbrough Finale, is the only word that came to mind as I viewed this final… Read More

“Your face is marked with lines of life, put there by love and laughter, suffering and tears. It’s beautiful.” ― Lynsay Sands I’m having a strange fascination with flowers past their prime. The colours and textures seem to intensify, albeit briefly, as they dry out, just prior to falling from the stem. Some, seem to hang on for quite a while, while others fall off at the slightest touch. The tulip above… Read More

“One by one they were all becoming shades. Better pass boldly into that other world, in the full glory of some passion, than fade and wither dismally with age.” ― James Joyce This was a spur of the moment photo of three tulips from my garden, which graced my table last week. I watched as they cycled between open , during the day, and closed, by night. Each day the open cycle… Read More

“Don’t be ashamed to weep; ’tis right to grieve. Tears are only water, and flowers, trees, and fruit cannot grow without water. But there must be sunlight also. A wounded heart will heal in time, and when it does, the memory and love of our lost ones is sealed inside to comfort us.” ― Brian Jacques When I see yellow flowers lately, I think of my late father-in-law Maurice. He was a… Read More

“Love, they said, burns you and builds you. But with you, there’s no ash. Just light.” ― Kamand Kojouri I honestly could not think of a better title for this image of the same tulip that I shared yesterday. According to my mother-in-law she has had this variety of tulip in her gardens for some time, thus the ‘old’ reference. Also, I can’t get the image of a flame out of my head when… Read More

“Gardening is akin to writing stories. No experience could have taught me more about grief or flowers, about achieving survival by going, your fingers in the ground, the limit of physical exhaustion.” ― Eudora Welty Here’s another addition to my collection of spring flowers from the garden. It’s becoming a bit of a series that I’m considering naming “Facing the Flowers”. This particular tulip came, as many of our flowers of late have,… Read More

“Our days are spent…, Time withers and fades, Yet, for he who has perception Beauty, yet remains” – Ed Lehming Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm 1.0 sec, f/40.0, ISO 200 High Resolution Image on 500px For more images like this, please visit my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/EdLehming or my website (some images available for purchase) http://www.edlehming.com

“Life isn’t meant to be lived perfectly…but merely to be LIVED. Boldly, wildly, beautifully, uncertainly, imperfectly, magically LIVED.” ― Mandy Hale My previous image of the tulip, with two petals missing inspired me to try something a bit more creative. I made the image above with five stacked focus images, to render one final image where the entire flower is in sharp focus. Then, I converted the whole thing to a mono… Read More

“Most of the things that give life its depth, meaning, and value are impervious to science.” ― Rachel Naomi Remen I know, this gets done a lot, but I could not resist giving it a try with a couple of my tulips, which are now past their prime. It does give a nice view on the structures inside the blossom and was fairly simple to light, which is really what I was… Read More

“Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify.” ― Henry David Thoreau The beauty of simplicity. I’ve been having fun with these tulips this past week, watching them slowly opening and shooting them from various angles, enjoying the way the light plays inside them, noticing the fine details and structures in the petals. And, I intend to keep enjoying them, till the next batch arrives and eventually my garden provides its… Read More

“Nobody sees a flower – really – it is so small it takes time – we haven’t time – and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time.” ― Georgia O’Keeffe These tulips are providing me with lots of interesting angles. As I’ve said so many times before, until you really take the time to ‘look’ at something, so much is missed. We’ve had tulips in our gardens since I… Read More

“I love tulips better than any other spring flower; they are the embodiment of alert cheerfulness and tidy grace” ― Elizabeth von Arnim Spring is still playing hide and seek, but the local grocery store has a nice selection of spring blooms, including these lovely pink tulips. At first glance they appear to be such simple things until you get up close and notice all the beautiful structure. I also enjoyed the… Read More