2023-05-30 Flowers

The challenge theme for the next two weeks is “Flowers”. There is a great opportunity next Saturday June 3 from 2:00 till 4:30 pm to take in some Jazz performed by Ron’s Jazz-Niks band and have a leisurely walk along the flowerbeds of the Silver Springs Botanical Gardens. Any flowers are legit subjects for this challenge.

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28 Responses to 2023-05-30 Flowers

  1. Henri says:

    Griffith Woods walk 10 am today. Nice and cool. Saw this dandelion in the shade with an ant struggling through the petals. Took this image from a distance of approximately 1 m with my 200 mm zoom. f/8, 1/400 sec, ISO 800. Enhanced in Lightroom Classic and Photoshop. Cropped quite a bit then used exposure sharpening and curve adjustment then AI – Denoise. Final adjustment in Photoshop with the levels tool.

  2. Frankie says:

    Dandelions with airplane
    ISO 800, 18 mm, f/14, 1/1250 sec

  3. Frankie says:

    Dandelions with spider
    ISO 800, 18 mm, f/14, 1/1250 sec

  4. Karen Sandra McDaniel says:

    I decided to concentrate on the centers of the flowers today. This really caught my eye as having a very oriental feel to the colors – royal colours of red and yellow. Taken with a Tamron 90 mm micro lens,F8, S 1/2500, Auto WB, CW Metering.

    • Henri says:

      Nice detail shot Karen. After enlarging the post I really noticed the delicate spiral nature of some of the stamens. You probably could enhance it with a bit of noise reduction, contrast and sharpening.

  5. della says:

    irises ISO 360 f9 1/125

  6. della says:

    flowers in Waterton on the weekend
    ISO 100 f14 32mm 1/125

    • Henri says:

      Nice composition Della. Dramatic sky and distant (hazy) mountains make this special. I like the framing of the flowers in almost 2/3 foreground.

  7. Paul Fesko says:

    16 frame focus stack of the flowers on my front porch. Each frame was 1/10 s at f4.5, ISO 160. I used my macro lens and manually focused a variety of spots in the frame. Brought into Photoshop as layers, auto aligned and then auto blended the layers. Slight adjustment to contrast.

    • Henri says:

      Beautiful composition Paul. Love the depth of field and then the sharp focus drop off. It seems there is just a small focus stacking flaw in the bottom portion

  8. Fred Schwering says:

    Columbine. Once the flower is open, the petals are a soft pink but the closed buds are a deep burgundy.
    Aperture Priority f/8, 1/160 sec, ISO 100, 38 mm, center weighted metering.
    I used a square crop to remove some of the background and focus on the flower.

  9. Ron says:

    Backyard pansy taken with 300 mm telephoto zoom. ISO 800, f/14, 1/500. Minor adjustments in Apple Photos.

  10. Henri says:

    The Alberta Wildrose flower crop was beautiful this morning. Took this image during our Griffith Woods walk this morning. Cropped and sharpened first, then AI Denoised and Auto Toned in Lightroom Classic. All I can take credit for is seeing the beauty and cropping it to it’s full advantage.

  11. Dwight says:

    I never got out in the field so I shot around my yard. the first is a bug on my Solomons Seal. The next is a closeup of my sticky geranium.

  12. Dwight says:

    The sticky geranium

  13. Doug Stewart says:

    The venerable Alberta Rose, Carburn Park. F/5.5, 1/200 sec, ISO 400, closeup using 547 mm eq. zoom. Sharpened in Topaz AI, slight saturation enhancement.

  14. Doug Stewart says:

    Yellow Lady’s slippers, Griffith Woods. f/8, 1/250 sec, ISO 500, 477mm eq. Sharpening and slight denoising in Topaz AI.

  15. Debbie McCluskey says:

    So many flower pictures, hard to choose! As with many flowers, each stage of life has its own story. The giant Alliums make great creative still life. This is taken with my very old T2i camera on Program setting at F5.6, 1/125 at ISO 1600

  16. Debbie McCluskey says:

    The Allium make great black and white photos. This is using a slate filter with enhanced saturation.

  17. Ron says:

    Backyard chive flowers taken with 300 mm telephoto zoom. ISO 800, f/22, 1/500. Minor adjustments in Apple Photos, sharpening in GIMP.

  18. Beth says:

    Fuchsia blossom taken in my garden. shot with my 19-55 lens at f/5.6, 1/180 sec ISO 250

  19. Beth says:

    Begonia taken in my garden. Increased saturation and got a dreamy artistic feel.
    Shot with my 18-55 lens at f/4, 1/640 sec, ISO 250

  20. Robert’s first orchid picture

  21. Robert second orchid picture

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