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 Post subject: A taste of spring!
PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2008 6:45 pm 
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"When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not."
- Georgia O’Keefe (1887-1986),


I took this flower picture yesterday afternoon on some wasteland after Connie reminded me to take pictures of flowers.


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Yesterday breakfast time.


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Our town river yesterday afternoon. Blue sky but the river is very low again this year.


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 Post subject: Re: A taste of spring!
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That flower is a world in itself.

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I love the amazing detail in the flower.

So the fair has come to town. Look carefully at the right hand side of the landscape photograph.


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 Post subject: Re: A taste of spring!
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Adrian,

You've posted a pic of that river before, right? It looks rather low - is that a routine thing?

Never mind - note to self: READ ALL OF THE POSTS before asking dumb question :oops: .

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Beautiful, Susan. When I look at a flower, I'm always so amazed, and think, only God could create such beauty.

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 Post subject: Re: A taste of spring!
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The dandelion is normally regarded as a weed but I think they are wonderful flowers and a bit like a miniature sunflower.


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how was the flower lit Adrian...natural lighting......or did you somehow enhance the light...does not look like flash...all the pics are just great..


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You know, as we age and our eyes' range of focus gets further and further away, it's very nice that people like Adrian provide us with the ability to once again look with wonder at a dandelion.

I was that weird child who would look at a dandelion for a good half hour while the other kids are playing soccer. Drove my mother crazy when I did the dishes. I would take an hour to do dishes for four people. What she didn't know was that if you look closely at a soap bubble, there are multiple colors shimmering and dancing across the surface. And a dishpan full of soap bubbles provided at LEAST an hour of wonder.

I did not guess that your first picture was a dandelion, Adrian. Those little creations are undervalued works of art, as are soap bubbles.

(And no, I was not on drugs when I did those dishes.)

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Revles wrote:
how was the flower lit Adrian...natural lighting......or did you somehow enhance the light...does not look like flash...all the pics are just great..


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Pure sunlight and no flash or reflectors. I know that flower portraits are best taken in shade or on overcast days but sometimes sunlight brings a flower to life.

The main 'trick' with this flower foto is that I used a baby tripod and the compact camera's self-timer to prevent camera shake. A tripod let me set the camera to the lowest ISO and smallest aperture and thus give a sharp and detailed pic.

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Yes, you have seen different pictures of this river - well spotted! The water level is low as these years it does not rain very much in Greece.


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Here's a DIY flash diffuser I'm anxious to try for softening the lighting on some of these macros. It's made from a used plastic milk jug.

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Adrian, do you have a macro lens that you use?

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Here's a DIY flash diffuser I'm anxious to try for softening the lighting on some of these macros. It's made from a used plastic milk jug.

Adrian, do you have a macro lens that you use?


I do have a macro lens but it is a nightmare to use as the DOF (depth of field) is so very small. I find it so much easier to take macro shots with a compact digital, as with the flower in this thread, as the DOF is much wider.

Your flash diffuser looks great! Another old favourite is tissue paper or a cloth hankie.

One of your best friends with flower pictures is a reflector: white card, sheet of white paper or cardboard covered with tin foil. This allows you to direct available light to fill in shadow areas.

What camera is this?


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