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
We were born before the wind
Also younger than the sun
Ere the bonnie boat was won
As we sailed into the mystic
Hark, now hear the sailors cry
Smell the sea and feel the sky
Let your soul and spirit fly into the mystic
And when that foghorn blows
I will be coming home
And when the foghorn blows
I want to hear it
I don’t have to fear it and I want to rock your gypsy soul
Just like way back in the days of old
And magnificently we will flow into the mystic
I’m not sure where to begin with this image. It has fascinated me since I made it back in mid-September. I was playing with depth of field with my manual macro tubes, focussing on a few peruvian lilies that I had taken from a bouquet.
The results reminded me of a nebula from a science fiction movie, some alien life form, or a vision from a dream. I settled on the dream and thought of the Van Morrison song “Into the Mystic”. The title has stuck with me since then. I have just not gotten around to publishing the image. And, as I edit, and write this post, listening to the music, I’m still pulled into the image, with its intricate detail and bright colours. It literally ‘pulls’ me in and I flow into the mystic. It’s alight with energy, movement, and life. It is peace and chaos.
Nikor 24-70mm f/3.5-4.6 @ @ 48 mm
3.0 sec, f/25.0, ISO 400
Hi Resolution image on 500px
“It is in the darkest hour, when we are faced with our deepest most wrenching fears, that we are given the greatest strength. The choice is whether we succumb to the fear or rise with courage to face our truth and shine our brilliance as our sword of valour.”
― Monika Zands
I keep reminding myself to look around me, carefully, appreciating the common things.
Recently, I’ve been doing some macro work as well as playing with layers in Photoshop to isolate my subjects. Today, I moved to the studio and played with lighting to combine these two photographic styles. I’ve been inspired by the works of a photographer on 500px who creates masterpieces (in my opinion) with flowers and studio lighting.
Drawing on that inspiration and gathering a few day lilies from the garden, which I always take for granted and essentially ignore as a ‘filler’ plant, I set up my lights, carefully positioned the lilies in a tall vase, and set about experimenting with ideal camera settings. Within a few tries, I had something that I was happy with and moved over to my iMac to check them out. The result is posted above.
I don’t think I’ll ever look at Day Lilies the same way again. They are stunning, seemingly on fire with colour and light.
Interestingly, I never saw myself doing much studio work, preferring to be outdoors in a canoe or on a trail somewhere. This might be a new rainy day pastime for me.
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD @ 110 mm
1/140 sec, f/14.0, ISO 6400
High Resolution image on 500px:
“If you meet a loner, no matter what they tell you, it’s not because they enjoy solitude. It’s because they have tried to blend into the world before, and people continue to disappoint them.”
― Jodi Picoult
I’ve been having some fun experimenting with the lilies in my yard. Yesterday, I caught them, mist covered in morning light, a bit softer and warmer, never noticing the subtle change in colour to more of a peach colour.
A few days prior, I photographed the same lilies, two still in bud. I liked the composition but had trouble isolating them from the background foliage, while using a smaller aperture to keep the entire blossom in focus.
So, I thought I’d isolate them be separating the pinks from the green via layers in Photoshop. I created a simple layer mask and switched the background to a darker black and white, making the lilies pop out from the background. I like the look and will continue to play with this, as I think it has potential to be more.
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD @ 140 mm
1/160 sec, f/14.0, ISO 3200
High Resolution image on 500px:
Yesterday I talked about the cycles of nature and how wildflower blossoms follow a sequence. I posted a series of photos recently, documenting the blooming of several local wildflowers in a bit of a sequence and noted that the white trilliums should soon begin to show. Alas, show they did!
I went back to the reservoir trails today, at lunch, to check on a stand of Trout Lilies, also known locally as ‘dog-tooth violets, which were not quite open yesterday morning. They were in full bloom today, and after making several photos of the lilies, I ventured further into the woods. Of course, the Red Trilliums were still in full bloom, and there were plenty of Spring Beauties, also referred to as “May Flowers” by some. What I was not expecting, quite yet, was the small clusters of delicate white trilliums interspersed between the wild leeks. By the looks of them, this was the first bloom of the season, and the photo above is the first one I saw, thus the title, “First Up”. I spent the rest of my lunchtime walk enjoying and photographing the abundance of flowers on the forest floor and will share them in subsequent posts.
Nikor 70-300 mm f/45.-5.6 @ 220 mm
1/160 sec @ f/6.3, ISO 250
What the heck, two posts in a day isn’t so bad, is it? After all, I missed Friday. I could not resist posting this photo of the Trout Lilies I mentioned on my previous post. There’s a regular cluster I go to every year and they never disappoint. It was earlier in the morning and they are not quite open yet. Give it a few hours and there will be several delicate bell-shaped flowers showing.
I’m hoping to get out again tomorrow to capture them in bloom and will share that image too.
This is one of my favourite times of year. Following the cycles of the plants and the emerging growth fascinates me. Out of dead-looking ground and grey branches come perfectly formed and fresh growth, year after year.
Nikor 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 240 mm
1/60 sec @ f/5.6, ISO 250