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June 23, 2010

More Flowery-Type Things OR Fun with Macro 2

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Recital went pretty well for the girls and me this past Saturday night.  It was not without some bumps along the way, but the issues always seem more major to us (the dancers) than to the audience, luckily.  Traditionally, flowers are presented to dancers at the end of a performance, and my husband chose a lovely bouquet for me:
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With the exception of the roses, alstroemeria and baby’s breath, I unfortunately don’t know the names of the other blooms featured here.  This bouquet was more than a “congratulations for a nice performance” for me – it was of course a photo opportunity!  I took my bouquet outside in the afternoon to use some bright natural light and set out to fill my frame with blooms since I’d had some luck in the past taking some pictures that made me happy this way.
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I liked the focus on the forward petals and the softer focus further back in the shot here.  (Tracy, can you help at all on the flower name here?)

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Again, I don’t know the name of this one, but I love how the bright blue of this one came through – this is untouched by photoshop.

Inspired by Michaela’s recent macro pictures from the farmer’s market, I decided to grab my macro lens and my gorillapod and try some very-close-ups.  When I got back outside and considered the height of the gorillapod and the height of the flowers in the vase, I decided I didn’t really have a good place to position the pod.  Undeterred, I made some hand-held attempts.
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The focus is very selective here, but I liked the overall affect of this shot.  This is looking in at the center of the white alstroemeria.

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This is the petal of the unknown blue flower.  I think the sparkly look of this one is pretty cool.

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And here’s a look at the center of that same flower.

One of my first successful attempts ever with my macro lens was a picture of a single bud of baby’s breath.  That shot was taken indoors, with a flash, my homemade flash diffuser, and the camera resting on my table.  I revisited baby’s breath in this shot:
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The focus is not tack-sharp, but I didn’t think it was too bad for hand-holding.  What I really liked about this picture was the baby’s breath bud and the way the unknown-blue-flower made a nice backdrop!  If anyone can name any of my unknown flowers from this bouquet (there are others I did not feature in this post, but you can see them all in my first shot) it’d be great if you could help me out in the comments!

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17 Comments »

  1. Haha.. Well firstly I’m happy the recital went well for you, but I’m seriously impressed that you’re adopting the “flowery type things” description too… lol… The only assistance I can offer though is by adding the adjective “smelly”…. 😉

    I could attempt to sound really impressive, and say that one of them is a breed of crysan…. crisenth… cyrsanf… crissun… crsyanfer….. Yeah ok, lets just stick with smelly flowery type things… 🙂

    Comment by FS Photography — June 24, 2010 @ 2:55 am | Reply

    • I’m glad you liked the title Brian! LOL!
      Oh, you could be right, that could be some type of chrysanthemum! We call ’em “mums” for short.

      Comment by Karma — June 24, 2010 @ 10:39 am | Reply

  2. I’m glad the recital went well! Beautiful photos!!!

    Comment by Andrea — June 24, 2010 @ 9:09 am | Reply

  3. Glad the recital went well! Such pretty flowers!
    Those small little purple ones near the yellow flowers and red roses in the bouquet are statice, that’s the only one I can identify for sure. Those are great for drying because they will look exactly like they do now.

    Comment by thedailyclick — June 24, 2010 @ 11:35 am | Reply

  4. Flowers are ALWAYS a photo opportunity (in my opinion). 🙂

    Beautiful photos. The blue is my favorite (probably because blue is one of my favorite colors). I never realized some flower petals are sparkly until I started taking close-ups of them. I think your sparkly one is pretty cool too.

    Comment by Robin — June 24, 2010 @ 12:33 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Robin! I’m glad you stopped by the blog again!

      Comment by karma — June 24, 2010 @ 4:31 pm | Reply

  5. Well, Karma, I found that quotation through good ole Google, so don’t feel bad! Haha.

    I LOVE the rose picture, and all your macro shots…I’m super jealous. I don’t have a macro lens yet, but it’s on my list of camera equipment to buy.

    The flower you couldn’t identify is a dahlia, I believe!

    Comment by shoegirl — June 24, 2010 @ 3:05 pm | Reply

    • The Raynox macro converter lens really isn’t super expensive; I bet there is a version of it for your camera that you could grab for not too much money.

      We have differing opinions on the purply-pink one now. It does seem more mum-y (ha!) than dahlia-y to me.

      Comment by karma — June 24, 2010 @ 4:34 pm | Reply

  6. Hi Karma! Really lovely macro photos! Yep, that purple-y pink one is a mum and my guess on the blue is Delphinium as that is used quite often in floral arrangements.

    Comment by milkayphoto — June 24, 2010 @ 3:33 pm | Reply

    • Thank you Tracy! Yes, delphinium sounds right for the bright blue. That’s a flower I’ve tried to grow myself with no luck. Do you grow any?

      Comment by karma — June 24, 2010 @ 4:35 pm | Reply

      • Nope. I have tried but delphiniums just do not do well in my garden either (nor my sister’s in WMASS and she is a really wonderful gardener!)

        I drown my sorrows in peonies… 😉

        Comment by milkayphoto — June 24, 2010 @ 8:38 pm

  7. Those are lovely shots, and what a nice bouquet! I love to look at flowers through the camera lens. I see things I’d never notice otherwise.

    And Tracy–“I drown my sorrows in peonies” is wonderful.

    Comment by Gerry — June 25, 2010 @ 1:28 pm | Reply

  8. Hey… Does that mean I actually got the “mum” right then… Am I now officially a flower expert ??… Dang !!… Shhhh… Don’t tell anyone eh… 😉

    Comment by FS Photography — June 26, 2010 @ 4:55 pm | Reply

    • Ooh, yes, you must be! We’ll have to be sure to direct our flower questions to you now! 😉

      Comment by Karma — June 26, 2010 @ 5:03 pm | Reply


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