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“Hello Yellow”

“Hello Yellow”

“Don’t be ashamed to weep; ’tis right to grieve. Tears are only water, and flowers, trees, and fruit cannot grow without water. But there must be sunlight also. A wounded heart will heal in time, and when it does, the memory and love of our lost ones is sealed inside to comfort us.”
― Brian Jacques

When I see yellow flowers lately, I think of my late father-in-law Maurice. He was a lover of yellow roses, and though roses are a few months away, the yellow tulips in my garden serve as a springtime proxy.

The tulips, as I mentioned in a previous post, come from my mother-in-law’s garden, so I’m sure Maurice had a hand in nurturing these flowers at some point as well.

There is something, a sense of life and vitality that comes from the colour yellow, something I truly miss in the dark days of winter. So, I am happy to say “Hello Yellow” when it presents itself in the warmth of spring.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1.6 sec, f/32.0 ISO 100

High Resolution image on 500px

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“Old Flame”

“Old Flame”

“Love, they said, burns you
and builds you.
But with you,
there’s no ash.
Just light.”
― Kamand Kojouri

I honestly could not think of a better title for this image of the same tulip that I shared yesterday. According to my mother-in-law she has had this variety of tulip in her gardens for some time, thus the ‘old’ reference. Also, I can’t get the image of a flame out of my head when I look at it. The mix of silky red and coral tones in the light are just stunning to me and it seems almost alive with movement.

This image was made yesterday evening, and the tulip, true to its nature, had begun to close back up again, accentuating the look of fire. I thought the side view would also provide a different and better view of this unique tulip, variety unknown.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
0.5 sec, f/32.0 ISO 400

High Resolution image on 500px

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“Coral Tulip”

“Coral Tulip”

“Gardening is akin to writing stories. No experience could have taught me more about grief or flowers, about achieving survival by going, your fingers in the ground, the limit of physical exhaustion.”
― Eudora Welty

Here’s another addition to my collection of spring flowers from the garden. It’s becoming a bit of a series that I’m considering naming “Facing the Flowers”.

This particular tulip came, as many of our flowers of late have, from my mother-in-law’s garden. When she downsized a few years ago, she could not bear the thought of leaving the plants she had tended for so many years behind. So, we made space and filled our gardens with her treasures. Now, all her work continues to yield wonderful flowers and she enjoys stopping by to see them.

She’ll be ninety-two years old this year and is past her gardening days, but still likes to offer some pointers on what worked best for her when it come to specific varieties. It’s also nice to drop off some cut flowers to her condo, so she can enjoy then at home.

Back to this tulip. It’s a bit of a unique specimen, in its shape and nature. The blossoms had opened up fully a few days ago, but by the time I had the time to photograph them, they had closed back up again, and remained that way for several days. Until yesterday, when they finally saw sunshine and decided to make another show. I took a cutting and brought it inside to my studio for a few photos. Then, I placed it in a vase with a few other flowers. The next time I checked it, it was closed again and has remained so all day. It would appear this is a sunshine only tulip. Based on the forecast of three solid days of rain, I guess I can’t blame it.

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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“Our Days are Spent…”

“Our Days are Spent...”

“Our days are spent…,
Time withers and fades,
Yet, for he who has perception
Beauty, yet remains”
– Ed Lehming

Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1.0 sec, f/40.0, ISO 200

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“Tulip”

“Tulip”

“Life isn’t meant to be lived perfectly…but merely to be LIVED. Boldly, wildly, beautifully, uncertainly, imperfectly, magically LIVED.”
― Mandy Hale

My previous image of the tulip, with two petals missing inspired me to try something a bit more creative. I made the image above with five stacked focus images, to render one final image where the entire flower is in sharp focus. Then, I converted the whole thing to a mono image to convey some moodiness.

Like I said, It’s an experiment and I’d appreciate any feedback or suggestions. My feelings won’t be hurt 🙂

Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1.6sec, f/40.0, ISO 200 (5 stacked frames)

Hi Resolution image on 500px

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“Looking Inside”

“Looking Inside

“Most of the things that give life its depth, meaning, and value are impervious to science.”
― Rachel Naomi Remen

I know, this gets done a lot, but I could not resist giving it a try with a couple of my tulips, which are now past their prime. It does give a nice view on the structures inside the blossom and was fairly simple to light, which is really what I was after; trying to capture some of the soft reflection within the petals.

I also wanted to keep depth of field adjusted to show just the centre structures clearly and have the background fade slightly. This was a bit more challenging, given how close the lens was, and I did not want to use advanced techniques like focus stacking to get it all sharp.

Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1.6sec, f/40.0, ISO 200

High Resolution Image on 500px

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“Simple Pink Tulip”

“Simple Pink Tulip”

“Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify.”
― Henry David Thoreau

The beauty of simplicity. I’ve been having fun with these tulips this past week, watching them slowly opening and shooting them from various angles, enjoying the way the light plays inside them, noticing the fine details and structures in the petals. And, I intend to keep enjoying them, till the next batch arrives and eventually my garden provides its own treasures.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1.0 sec, f/40.0, ISO 200

Hi Resolution image on 500px

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“Enfolded Within”

“Enfolded Within”

“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

These tulips are providing me with lots of interesting angles. As I’ve said so many times before, until you really take the time to ‘look’ at something, so much is missed.

We’ve had tulips in our gardens since I was a child. They sat on our kitchen table, as cut flowers, for much of the spring. Of course, we ‘noticed’ them but never observed them in their totality.

That, is one of my greatest joys with photography; being able to capture good images that I can spend time with at a later date. Blogging has made that experience more significant because now I’m able to consider my images further and more deliberately and be able to express those feelings, to the best of my ability, in words, hopefully inspiring others along the way.

I’m often entranced with some of the simpler images, those of mundane things, and the sheer detail that’s often present there, overlooked by the casual eye.

This image, a single shot, was made at a fairly extreme aperture, as I tried to capture the depth of the flower, without the need for focus stacking or other techniques.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1.0 sec, f/45.0, ISO 200

Hi Resolution image on 500px

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“Spring Trio”

“Spring Trio”

“I love tulips better than any other spring flower; they are the embodiment of alert cheerfulness and tidy grace”
― Elizabeth von Arnim

Spring is still playing hide and seek, but the local grocery store has a nice selection of spring blooms, including these lovely pink tulips.

At first glance they appear to be such simple things until you get up close and notice all the beautiful structure. I also enjoyed the colour variance from the pale yellow at the flower base to the bright pink fringes.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/5sec, f/25.0, ISO 200

Hi Resolution image on 500px

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