This months theme is Flowers. This months theme is Flowers. We had a Flower Closeup theme a few months ago and now we are broadening that theme to just flowers, such as groups of flowers but a single flower also works. The difference is basically that with the ‘closeup’ theme the idea was more to get inside and capture a portion of the flower whereas now we want an entire flower or a set/group/bouquet of flowers.
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The top images will be selected by the previous months winner and be included in a poll for members to vote for the winning photo. The winning image will be added to the Macro Contest Winners Gallery
Albert J Valentino Nikonian Moderator Emeritus Vantage Point Images Mastery of Composition is the Key to Great Photography
I'll start with this one. Picked this beauty out of a bunch at our church. D300s, 501.4G at 5.6, 1/1600 sec, Sb-910 with small Expodisc Flash Bender for fill. BG is concrete with a little blue added in LR4.
Alien Plant Hybrid?! I got down real low to get this image of a plant at my local park. Not sure of the species name. Shot with a Nikon D7000, Tamron 90mm macro, tripod and remote release. (1/1000, f11, ISO 800).
Flower and Sprinkler Just as I started to photograph the flowers (Peony?) in this bed the irrigation system kicked in. Not sure if a a slower or faster shutter speed would have helped the background more. Unfortunately I didn't experiment more. In most the background was too busy with rain streaks. I did like the droplets forming on the flower.
I enjoyed your picture very much and I like the information gained by the raindrops. Some of the red might be blown out but it does not bother me at all.
I have a question to all the boffin's out there: A long lens (like the 450mm in this picture) give a feeling of three dimensionality to the picture?. I want to investigate the following. Take a full frame picture of a suitable subject at F8 but vary the distance to accommodate different focal lengths. Or do somebody know the result without trying?
Awaiting Turn to Blossom From my front yard garden. I planted a number of rose bushes for their scent. This particular bush only gets a few blossoms a year, so its like precious cargo this one waiting in the wings!
On the west coast Of South Africa from August to September is a flower splendour not easily matched in the world. Inside almost every flower you will find one or more pollinators. I captured this one just before he decided it is time to push off. 1/500 F10 ISO200 50mm Sigma
the gardener in me must correct you..that is Angel Trumpet. Moon Flower is a white night blooming flower that looks like (and is) a large Morning Glory.Now that said..you did a great job capturing that 'blush' color.
Taken on my D200 with an old workhorse Nikkor 28mm 2.8 AI. Handheld 1/30 @ f11. Surprised it came out as sharp as it did for this lens and handholding..photo is untouched - straight jpeg from the camera - just resized for upload.
A happy coincidence of flowers and light. Those three flowers photographed at that angle from low down were on a plane parallel to the sensor in the camera. Usually they will not be! The light was late in the afternoon, diffused sunlight through cloud and from behind me. I did wait for the light, but that really was the only skill I contributed. Nature did the rest. Four flowers would not have worked!
I like these guys on other people's meadows, but close inspection has to be undertaken with care as they are often 4 foot tall and wide. The prickles are not soft! I had to change from a 21 mm to 50 mm lens for this shot so as not to be in the plant.
Thanks Mike! Glad you like it. For whatever reason -I'm anything but a gardner-our lavender patches were in excellent condition this year. I'm just learning to use the 105. Very happy with it though it's difficult to use when approaching 1:1 magnification. Regards
I think this is also a Commelina spp. Some of them may become weedy. A good composition. Do you also find blue sometimes difficult to match? I do not think this is however a problem with Commelina flowers. Somebody told me that some blue flowers also reflect infra-red, the digital camera pick this up and give a pinkish cast to the flower instead of a true blue.
The colors are close to what I recall the flower looked like but I confess I wasn't concerned about an accurate match. One blue flower that has given me trouble in the past is the Spiderwort but I haven't shot that one with the D800E, so I don't know how it would handle it.
I think your identification of this one is correct.
I don't know whiter it's IR or UV reflection, or anything else, but I do find great difficulties to match colours with most blue and violet flowers. Even trying different light sources, sunlight, flash etc. Some react as if they had 'optical bleacher' in their pigmentation like some fabrics and white clothes.( I believe this is the name in English for 'blanqueador optico').
I recall having read that most petals pigmentation is "designed" to attract pollinizers and therefore reflect better those wavelengths they are most sensitive to.
Maybe someone with more biological knowledge can chime in and confirm.
Hi Jordi, Now I am really deviating from the subject. Pollinators, but bees in particular can see UV, If you examine flowers (mostly tubular flowers)under UV light one can see the lines guiding the pollinators to the nectar.
Thanks for t'he info Aart! Never seen flowers under UV, but remember having read what you say. Maybe blue flowers have an the extra UV reflection thats cheats the sensor. I insist that I find rather difficult to match blues. Lavender posted here is an example, in spite of the PP on a calibrated monitor, still doesn't match. I tried under flash and was even worst. Regards