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“Red Explosion”

“Red Explosion”

“And with the smallest intake of breath he had painted me a picture. Ash that stung your tongue like poisoned snowflakes and breaths of air that burned your lungs without fire”
― Quil Carter

What else do you call this image of a red Spider Dahlia, as it’s petals burst forth for the centre? It’s a bit disappointing, knowing the blossom has been ‘dyed’ red, that this is not its natural colour. Nonetheless, it is quite lovely.

Yet one more blossom from my recent bouquet. For those who are regular followers of this blog, I’ll continue working through the various flowers that make up this bouquet, primarily red and white, assembled deliberately for the upcoming Valentine’s day.

Despite the artificial nature of this particular blossom, it’s still nice to admire the structure and complexity of this  flower, as the petal gradually unfurl from the centre.

As I write this, I’m noticing the roses are starting to open up nicely, so they may become the focus of tomorrow’s photo, even though I photographed them already today. That ,or the lilies, which are not far behind.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
0.6sec, f/25.0, ISO 100

High Resolution image on 500px

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“Simple Beauty”

“Simple Beauty”

“Nature is pleased with simplicity. And nature is no dummy”
― Isaac Newton

A very simple subject today, a single carnation blossom. I’ve actually avoided photographing it as I felt I could not bring out the texture of the ruffled blossom. But, in the right light and with a bit of patience, I was able to produce an image that I was pleased with.

This is what I would classify as a mid-range macro shot. Really a 1:1, since it filled the viewfinder frame as I saw it. Getting any closer would have, in my opinion, taken away from the image. I’m still learning the finer touches of macro photography, but good composition is a key element for my in all my images, large or small. Hopefully, this one is pleasing to you as well?

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
0.5 sec, f/25.0, ISO 200

Hi Resolution image on 500px

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“Fist Full of Red”

“You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.”
― Ansel Adams

Yes, I know, “What an original title”. Yet, I’m often stuck for a title and am loath to fall to such tactics as “Unnamed #314”. Every image I make leaves an impression on me, it is a small interpretation of who I am, my experiences, emotions, and how I see the world; by being a new creation, it further adds to that experience. I recall the moment when it was made, why I made it, how I interpreted and composed the image, and what my impressions were when I first compared what I saw with my eyes with what the camera interpreted it as.

Sometimes, the image title is obvious, sometimes I need to look at it a while, comparing various descriptions till it makes sense to me, fits into my world. Often, It’s just the name of what I have photographed, especially if it’s a place, or object that stands alone and does not have further layers of emotion tied to it. In those cases, it’s just an object, whereas in other cases, it’s an impression, a moment, the outcome of a thought, of myself.

This time, I saw a fist full of red flowers, Peruvian Lilies to be more precise. They represent another element of a bouquet I pulled apart so that I could photograph the individual flowers and enjoy their individual beauty, which can often be lost in a bouquet.

So, there you go, a short visit to my thought process, when it comes to naming my images and making art. It really is an extension of who I am

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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“Poinsettia – A Closer Look”

“Poinsettia - A Closer Look”

“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.”
― Laura Ingalls Wilder

I could not resist taking a closer look at this poinsettia. As a child I’d often look at them, marvelling at the bright red petals, that are actually leaves, rather bracts (modified leaves), as they transition to green further down the plant. Then there are the actual flowers, which are the bright yellow part in the centre. It seems that when the light hits them just right, they seem to be almost metallic.

So, to be able to photograph this view is a real joy for me. It allows me to really see the complex structures and wonderful texture in the leaves. All the details are here to look at and enjoy.

There is a really good chance this image might just be my 2016 Christmas card.

Nikon D800
Nikor 24-70mm f/3.5-4.6 @ @ 70 mm
1.3 sec, f/29.0, ISO 200

Hi Resolution image on 500px

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“December Poinsettia”

“December Poinsettia”

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. ”
― Norman Vincent Peale

I’m a few days late posting this. I meant to get it out for December first, but did not, since I was still saying goodbye to yellow and had not purchased a poinsettia for our home yet.

It’s a challenging plant to photograph, trying not to blow out the reds while pulling the details of the deep green leaves from the shadows. This one took me a few attempts but overall I’m pleased with the results.

And, of course, the poinsettia is a modern symbol for Christmas. Now that autumn is a fond memory, I look forward for future moments, with friends and family and the comfort that is Christmas in our home. First step taken, poinsettia is on the table as a centrepiece, let the next season begin.

Nikon D800
Nikor 24-70mm f/3.5-4.6 @ @ 45 mm
1.3 sec, f/25.0, ISO 200

Hi Resolution image on 500px

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“Visions of Autumn – Red Maple”

“Visions of Autumn - Red Maple”

“Fall colors are funny. They’re so bright and intense and beautiful. It’s like nature is trying to fill you up with color, to saturate you, so you can stockpile it before winter turns everything muted and dreary.”
― Siobhan Vivian

Today I started photographing fall colours a bit differently. Rather than the broad sweep of forests in full colour, I decided to look a bit closer at the branches that create this wonder. Using the black backdrop, I was able to isolate the branches and leaves to show off the finer details.

These leaves are natural, less than perfect, showing the wear and tear of a hot  and dry summer. In fact, I’m quite amazed at the depth of colours this year. I would have thought that the heat stress would have made for a mostly brown and muted autumn, but nature has surprised me with a depth and range of colour I can’t recall seeing for years.

I’ll be spending the next few days sharing more recent images of my native trees in their autumn colours, until business travel pulls me away for a few days. But till then, I’m happy to be able to share this experience with you.

Nikon D800
Nikor 28-70mm f/3.5-4.6 @ 48mm
1 .0 sec, f/20.0, ISO 200

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“Fringes”

“Fringes”

“We live beneath many layers. Some are for our protection, and some are for our control.”
― Russell Eric Dobda

Generally, I stay away from ‘tight’ shots of flowers, preferring to show the entire blossom. This image is an exception. As I was composing some images of a Gerbera recently, I was really noticing the transition between the inner petals and the outer petals and how lovely that transition was. These “Fringes” pull me into the blossom, layer upon layer, each one looking like a beautiful brush stroke, each one unique, so I thought I’d share it through this image, for your consideration.

Nikon D800
Nikor 28-70mm f/3.5-4.6 @ 45mm (12mm extension tube)
1 sec, f/22.0, ISO 400

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