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Monochrome Mondays – “Peruvian Lilies in Mono”

“Peruvian Lilies in Mono”

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
2.0 sec, f/29.0, ISO 100

Hi Resolution image on 500px

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“Red Canna Lily”

"Canna Lily"

“The single greatest lesson the garden teaches is that our relationship to the planet need not be zero-sum, and that as long as the sun still shines and people still can plan and plant, think and do, we can, if we bother to try, find ways to provide for ourselves without diminishing the world. ”
― Michael Pollan

This specimen came from my flower beds. In fact, this was the first blossom all year, driven by the drought we are experiencing here. I had intended to use my portable outdoor setup, rather than taking a cutting. Since I tend to shoot these at f/10 or higher, the setup also requires a fairly low shutter speed, around 1/10 second. Thus, even a slight movement causes problems in clarity. It’s been a bit breezy here lately and I wanted to capture the blossom before it fades, which happens fairly quickly. Thus I made the decision to cut it and bring it indoors to photograph.

I found the bright red blossoms a challenge in previous attempts to photograph the. Using the studio light ing and paying careful attention to depth of field and contrast, I think I was able to create a nice representation  of the blossoms without the red tones bleeding together which was my previous experience.

All in all, this is my most challenging flower shot yet, using this method and I’m pleased with the outcome.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 200 mm
1/10 sec, f/11.0, ISO 200

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“Geranium”

“Geranium”

“Long experience has taught me that people who do not like geraniums have something morally unsound about them. Sooner or later you will find them out; you will discover that they drink, or steal books, or speak sharply to cats. Never trust a man or a woman who is not passionately devoted to geraniums.”
― Beverley Nichols

I found the quote hilarious. The quote is from Merry Hall, a book about the restoration of a home and garden in post-war England. The author is a devout horticulturalist.

Fortunately, I do like geraniums, so I should be OK on that account.

Back to the studio flowers for a while. Actually, the “studio” is outside on my deck and I used diffused sunlight to make this image against a black background. The effect of the black background allows the flowers and their delicate structure to really reveal themselves. I’m quite enjoying this style and am working on a portable background that I can take with me on my hikes. This way I can use the same technique with wildflowers, without disturbing them.

The geranium pictured here is one of many varieties we have in our garden, most given to us by my mother-in-law as she downsized from her house to a smaller apartment, where she had no space to winter over the geraniums. This beautiful pink and red variety seemed a good subject for a photo.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 200mm
1/13 sec, f/10.0, ISO 200

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“White Cosmos”

“White Cosmos”

“To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.”
― Osho

Now at number five in this series, it may be time for me to take a short departure from this and get outside.

I’m really enjoying this foray into the world of studio photography. It drives the creativity in me to a new level. Being able to take the common and transform it into something more gives me a sense of satisfaction. There is something about plants and flowers that resonates in me. Perhaps it’s the almost miraculous details that you see when you take the time to really observe them. They calm me, somehow, as I look at them, appreciating the lines, the texture, and complexity of even the most commonplace flower.

I’m taking a few days of much needed vacation to get up north, recharge, and, of course, make some more photos. The days are forecast to be hot and humid, so there’s a really good chance I will be near water. Perhaps a lake or a waterfall?

There are several waterfalls, rather, chutes, in the area where my camper sits and a visit to capture some of that raw beauty is in order.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 200 mm
1/140 sec, f/14.0, ISO 6400

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“Pink Clematis”

“Pink Clematis”

“The trick to forgetting the big picture is to look at everything close-up. The shortcut to closing a door is to bury yourself in the details. This is how we must look to God. As if everything’s just fine.”
― Chuck Palahniuk

Image number three in what has become my “Ordinary Flowers in a Different Light” series. Interestingly enough, this was a single blossom on one of my finicky clematis plants. They are strange in their blooming patterns. Some opening in May, while others have gone into November.

While the blossom is quite pretty, it tends to be a go-to garden plant and thus it’s been included in my “Ordinary Flowers” collection.

This studio photography experiment is quite enjoyable and is not something I saw myself gravitating towards. However, I do like the fine details this technique shows and really allows the plant to show off, as it were, without competing with their garden companions.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 140 mm
1/100 sec, f/14.0, ISO 6400

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“Garden Lilies”

“Garden Lilies”

“The simple things come back to us. They rest for a moment by our ribcages then suddenly reach in and twist our hearts a notch backward.”
― Colum McCann

Sometimes, it’s the simple beauty that is so close and so familiar that we take for granted, rather, seeking something exotic and exciting in so many aspects of our lives.

I’ve found myself in this situation so many times with respect to my photography. Surely, at least based on the gorgeous images we are inundated with, there are so much more beautiful things to photograph, in exotic and far flung locations?

Why is this? I walk into my backyard and survey the flowers and plants growing there, wondering if someone else, in a distant country is having the same thoughts and feelings? Then, I realize, that for that person, my location is far away and exotic. The plants, so commonplace in my garden are inaccessible to them and I need recognize just how special the here and now are.

Then, I look again at these lovely pink lilies, dripping with morning dew, and am thankful for this simple beauty, that requires no travel to enjoy, other than a fews steps down to the yard. I also consider the many recent forest hikes and all the wonder the world presents me with, here and now. I suppose I slip, occasionally, into the ‘grass is greener’ mentality, looking for ‘better’ when I already have treasure in my sights, daily.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 125 mm
1/80 sec, f/4.5, ISO 200

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“Hobblebush Blossoms” – Secord Forest

“Hobblebush Blossoms” - Secord Forest

“I must have flowers, always, and always.”
― Claude Monet

This strange, flowering bush has fascinated me for some time. The blossoms form from the outside of the flower disc. I had a hard time finding good specimen this year but the photo above should suffice. The central bud clusters are rimmed with beautiful white blossoms. At first glance it would appear to be a form of dogwood, that is till you get closer and inspect the bright white flowers. It’s quite unique and the flowers are pure white. I’ve spotted then in open fields and deeper in the forest but he always catch my attention with their bright flowers.

This bush is one of several growing along the trail that leads into secord Forest, south of Uxbridge, Ontario and I just another testimony to the diverse flora and fauna that call this sanctuary home.

I was on my way into the forest to check on a group of orchids I would like to photograph in bloom. Sadly, after a long mosquito plagued hike, the orchids are still a day or two away from blooming. The flower buds have formed, so its just a matter of time. I’m really hoping to catch them before they fade or someone picks them.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 195 mm
1/320 sec, f/9.0, ISO 200

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