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“Crocus”

“Crocus”

“Nothing is less real than realism. Details are confusing. It is only by selection, by elimination, by emphasis, that we get at the real meaning of things.”
― Georgia O’Keeffe

I’ve been wanting to make this image for a few weeks now, but the crocus did not cooperate, till now.

Just as temperature began to climb, heavy rain and wind set in, followed by yet another cooling. So, many of the blooming plants in my garden got delayed, once more.

The crocus has put up two blossoms so far, and this is the first. I decided to do a front on view, as it shows the wonderful structures so well. I have to admit that I am very pleased with this one. Of note, it took an extended exposure to show the structures of this dark purple bloom. Being freshly back from a Georgia O’Keeffe exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario, her words echo through my mind, once more. My photography, of late, has been focused on pulling away, or elimination of, distracting details. I’m trying to show the true essence of the flowers, as I see them. It’s a worthy philosophy for living too, I think.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
3.0 sec, f/36.0 ISO 100

High Resolution image on 500px

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“Pink Gerbera”

“Pink Gerberia”

“Nobody sees a flower – really – it is so small it takes time – we haven’t time – and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time.”
― Georgia O’Keeffe

Today is a dull, grey day here. One of those days where it can’t figure out whether to rain or snow. So, what better way to brighten it up than with a flower.

I spent a bit of time in the studio yesterday, pulling apart a fresh bouquet and photographing the individual blossoms. The marvel of modern times is that fresh summer blooms are readily available year round.

With this bloom, I found myself really enjoying the pale yellow halo at the base of the petals and the way it glowed with its own light. I played with various exposure settings and finally settled on the one that showed off that effect, without softening the details too much.

I’m still getting used to using my extender tubes, as I don’t have a good macro lens in my bag yet, but that is on the horizon.

Nikon D800
Nikor 24-70mm f/3.5-4.6 @ @ 35 mm (with 20mm extension tube)
2.0 sec, f/25.0, ISO 100

Hi Resolution image on 500px

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“Dahlias”

“Dahlias"

“If you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for a moment.”
― Georgia O’Keeffe

I’m continuing to enjoy these studio images. Isolating the flower against the black just keeps the attention on the flower. Even when composing the shot, I see shapes and textures I had not noticed before. I’ve also done a few more macro shots, which I will share at some point. It seems the deeper and closer I go the more incredible the shapes, colours, and textures are.

I can’t recall if I’ve used the Georgia O’Keefe quote before, but it is so true to me, especially when the flower is presented this way. I find myself drawn into that world and I love it.

This grouping shows the flowers at various stages of maturity, with the exception of bud and seed head. It’s been suggested I start using these images for gifts cards, which is what I already do with many of my images.

Nikon D800
Nikor 24-70mm f/3.5-4.6 @ 62mm
1/6 sec, f/20.0, ISO 400

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“Blue Cohosh” – Stouffville Reservoir Trail

Blue Cohosh” - Stouffville Reservoir Trail

“Nobody sees a flower – really – it is so small it takes time – we haven’t time – and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time.”
― Georgia O’Keeffe

Yet another, early emerger, Blue Cohosh. This beauty emerges from the forest floor looking more purple-blue than  this image indicates. However, I wanted to capture the delicate flower and blue fruit. When they first sprout from the ground, the leaves are tightly bound in a frilly bunch and then open up into tender leaves. I’m always surprised to see these spring flowers survive late frosts unscathed, yet they do. Among the brightness of other wildflowers, Blue Cohosh is lost, until you look for it and suddenly, it’s everywhere. I’m blessed to have an eye for these understated beauties, which others pass by, never knowing what has been missed.

This particular specimen provided a unique composition as the plant appears to rise from a bed of bright green balsams, and an assortment of twigs, the young, slightly out of focus maple in teh background just adds teh finishing touches to this forest floor scene.

Honestly, I could spend hours drinking this in, watching new life fill the forest floor in a carpet of luxurious greens, with flecks for pink, red, yellow, and white as teh fresh wildflowers show their faces to a waiting world for the first time.

Nikon D300
Tamron 70-200 mm f/2.8 @ 165 mm
1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200

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