Thursday, July 06, 2006

Macrobatics


Hey, I'm back. Sorry about yesterdays absence, Blogger was acting up again. Bethany has day lilies growing in her garden. I saw them last week and was looking forward to photographing them. I was busy at the time, so I waited a couple of days before heading out to the garden, camera in hand. Much to my dismay, the lilies were gone.

Apparently, these flowers only bloom for a day or two and then they shrivel up. I was shocked and dismayed. Luckily, there were lots more growing so I only had to wait a couple more days before I got another chance.

I'm still trying to learn to photograph subjects in creative ways. In that spirit I entered Bethany's garden, tripod in hand, prepared to see the flowers in a new way. I tried a variety of compositions, giving my tripod quite the workout. I even had to take time out to clean my lens after I accidentally got pollen all over it. Most of the results were lame, but it was certainly a worth while exercise. The photo you see here was the best of the batch. It's still not quite right, but I'm getting there.

Canon PowerShot S2 IS, 6mm, f/8.0, 1/6 sec, ISO 50

20 Comments:

Anonymous Otto K. said...

This is a cool macro. Nice colors and composition. I've had good success with your process: get on the tripod and just try to look at a subject in different ways (different angles, DOF, etc.). The important thing for me is to take my time and not rush.

3:54 PM, July 06, 2006  
Blogger MBrown said...

Now you talking! :)
This is without a doubt my favorite flower to shoot, especially for abstracts.
The rich colors you got here are wonderful and the textures within the petal and throat areas are superb.
Keep shooting these as long as the flowers will last, and you will have a file full of colorful abstracts to look at for the rest of the season.

Bottom line?
This is excellent!!

5:37 PM, July 06, 2006  
Blogger Laurie said...

I think this is really lovely! Great framing.

Daylillies are beautiful. I have a profusion of them on the side of my house. They do only bloom for one day so I get about 2 weeks worth of good color on the side of the house.

6:18 PM, July 06, 2006  
Blogger Jill said...

WELL done!

8:16 PM, July 06, 2006  
Blogger micki said...

Beautiful nature abstract!! Lovely colors to this image.

8:50 PM, July 06, 2006  
Blogger Dave MacIntyre said...

Excellent Tim! I love how this show encompasses every edge! Vibrant colours and texture too. Well done.

Tip for you: I use clear UV screw on filters on all my lenses to protect the them from scratches, dust, debris...and pollen! Much easier to clean a screw off filter than risk getting pollen inside the expensive lens.

9:01 PM, July 06, 2006  
Blogger Stardog Champion said...

Fantastic macro Timmy! Love how you capture the colours and the textures here. It's got a nice abstract feel, yet you can still clearly tell it's a flower. Great shot!

12:17 AM, July 07, 2006  
Anonymous Martin said...

Great colours, great textures. But its too cropped, too abstract for my taste. Would prefer to see more of the flower.

1:14 AM, July 07, 2006  
Blogger Fraser said...

I love the waay you have filled the frame with this brilliant colour. It made me think immediately of the modern European artist who does these huge works of art with bright hangings crossing the countryside. This picture is bold and energetic.

3:13 AM, July 07, 2006  
Anonymous faustina said...

beautiful sort of abstract shot, lovely colors.

4:20 AM, July 07, 2006  
Anonymous MrC said...

awesome colours .. & real nice composition .. great stuff ;)

4:33 AM, July 07, 2006  
Blogger Monterey John said...

Stunning, Timmy, great shot. I'm jealous!

5:28 AM, July 07, 2006  
Blogger Marie McC said...

Nicely done, good framing. Love the color, the detail of the petal texture at the outer edges and how the curvature of the pistils draw the eye into the picture. Good macro shots like this are not easy. You done good!

I agree with Dave M about using a UV filter on all lenses for protection. I did the same when I was using my ancient Canon AE-1.

Thanks for noting what camera you're using. I have a Powershot A410, my first digital. It's a great point-and-shoot, very small and portable, but I've missed the extra controls on the AE-1. Your notation that you use an S2 led me to do a bit more research, and thanks for that!

6:40 AM, July 07, 2006  
Blogger Sudhi said...

At first glance I thought this was a picture of the Antelope Canyon. :) Well mostly because I was planning to visit the place over the long weekend but had to change my plans.
This is one good thing with point and shoots. You can get really close and get very good results. Great colors here.

11:36 AM, July 07, 2006  
Anonymous pixibition said...

nice abstract....colors and lines r beautiful:-)

11:48 AM, July 07, 2006  
Anonymous Jeff said...

This photo is first-rate IMHO. The sweep of colors provide leading lines that draw you into the center of the flower. It's almost like having motion in a still photo. The crop is well done, too. (Are you sure you are a "rookie"? Doesn't look that way from this photo.) Well done.

11:03 AM, July 08, 2006  
Anonymous Emr√© said...

Curves and colors of this flower is very attractive, good composition in my eyes. I wonder if there's any better way of taking such photos, because in my flower macro shots, texture is smooth and looks like not in focus . So I play with contrast.

6:16 PM, July 09, 2006  
Anonymous Fantom Poet said...

This is a well framed and composed macro image. The colours are wonderful. I like the alsmost square crop of the image as it adds to the overall feel to the shot. You seem to have pivked up the texture of the petal surface so well. Its a good shot well taken.
I would also like to agree with Dave, I have either a UV filter or Skylight filter on every lens I have whether newer one for my DSLR or old old one for my 35mm Zenith. This policy has saved a 70-300mm nikkor this year alone as I dropped the camera into a toploader bag and smashed the filter on a padlock which shouldn't have been there saved the lens though

3:25 AM, July 10, 2006  
Anonymous unklrbrt said...

Hi Timmybomb,

This has to be one of your best!!

Great!!

perfect composition!

Keep up the good work.

I think we need to get started on the book.

See you soon.

Maybe we can shoot #4 Rd one evening soon.

unklrbrt

10:00 AM, July 10, 2006  
Anonymous david said...

beautiful macro shot; lovely soft, yet vibrant, colours.

1:05 AM, July 11, 2006  

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