Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Nothing Glorious About It

Well, yesterday I posted a happy plant. Today I bring you an evil plant. This is the morning glory. It is a vile weed, a vine that swallows everything in its path. Fear the morning glory.

This plant is all over the place in Vancouver. I presume its evil plan to take over the world has commenced in many other cities too. We used to have it in our garden, but Bethany did battle with it a few years ago, and for the most part it has retreated.

I took this photo near the port of Vancouver. I liked the way the green looked against the orange container. I had to strike a balance when it came to lighting. I wanted direct side lighting to accent the vertical lines on the container, but I didn't want too many shadows on the plant itself. On looking at it now, I might have taken this just a touch too late in the morning. The flower is bright white, so I'm actually satisfied with the exposure in that regard. This will be added to my long list of compositions that I will attempt again, in hopes of making improvements.

Canon PowerShot S2 IS, 30mm, f/6.3, 1/100 sec, ISO 50


Anonymous Laurie said...

LOL...I actually love morning glories. I had the purple variety growing all on my fence in the very back of my yard in my first house. I loved them because the made my horrible chain link fence a beautiful, lush, colorful, vibrant sight to behold. Of course it never infiltrated the garden from back there. It never seemed to migrate from that spot in the 6 or 7 years I lived there. In fact I had tried to get it to grow along part of the side fence and I never did manage to get it to grow over there.

Now if you were to ask me about trumpet vine...I have a hatred of it. There was atrumpet vine growing up th e utitlity pole in between the street and the sidewalk on the property line between my neighbor and I. It was removed by the utility company some 6 years ago or so. The darn stuff has been popping up in all sorts of places now including my very back part of my yard some 200 feet from where the original vine grew. It is all growing into my shrubs in the front (what's left of them) and came up through the cracks in the sidewalk, driveway, and anywhere it could. There is no getting rid of it and it is very hard to pull even when it is quite immature. It's like nylon rope and it goes all the way to the feeder roots from the original plant.

Very nice shot. White is pretty tough in really bright light. It tends to blow out.

12:13 PM, August 01, 2006  
Anonymous Otto K. said...

Well, it might be a vile vine, but it's a very nice shot. Nice color saturation and exposure.

12:59 PM, August 01, 2006  
Blogger Stardog Champion said...

This is a great shot. The colours in the background add a nice compliment to the soft white of the flower.

9:58 PM, August 01, 2006  
Anonymous n i k e said...

Now, why the HECK would they call it Morning Glory? I do believe you're right--they're trying to take over the world. Got them in the DC area too, if I'm not mistaken.

Lovely shot. The flower is brilliantly lit, but could the container be a little more illuminated? But considering this is natural light, I bow at your genius once again.

10:52 PM, August 01, 2006  
Blogger micki said...

That is great exposure on the flower! I do love these flowers/weeds. I always allowed them to ramble wherever they wanted.

3:03 AM, August 02, 2006  
Anonymous faustina said...

I love that you are always making such a consious effort to improve. I think about improving and what I should do differently when I am here at the computer but with a camera in my hand my brain turns off. It's so funny. I like the exposure a lot - are you still photoshop free?

4:05 AM, August 02, 2006  
Anonymous Paul said...

Tim, you are getting better by the day and I'm really glad to see that you are practicing every single day.

This was a really well thought out and executed shot. You're starting to "see" a lot more and compose your shots before you take them. Excellent. Great work, Tim!

5:56 AM, August 02, 2006  
Anonymous Alice said...

Tim, you did a great job with the exposure on this one. Comosition too. The details on the white flower really stand out (which is hard to do...most times I end up overexposing bright white subjects and lose all the details). I like the green against the orange too. Really nice shot.

6:01 AM, August 02, 2006  
Anonymous MrC said...

looks like what we call bindweed over here .. i have some in my garden, but i keep it undercontrol (same with most weeds in my garden - i let them grow where i want, so i can enjoy the flowers, then i destroy them (organically, usually by hand!)) .. i have Morning Glory too - blue ones, & white ones with purple stripes - beautiful things. .. .. what we seem to be starting to have a problem with around my way is wild clematis (old mans beard, or something like that .. smothers everything in it's path)

enough rambling - got more pics to look at during lunch! ... i like this photo lots; the positioning of the flower & foliage is great, & the background colour/subject/pattern is simply fantastic

big nice

5:16 AM, August 03, 2006  
Blogger Robin Freeman said...

I love the way the flower is growing toward the light and the way you captured that. Beautiful exposure.

You're the Bomb Timmy!
Bah ha ha ha!

2:43 PM, August 09, 2006  
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