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April 15, 2011

Pleased as Punch

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I know I said I wasn’t going to blog again before the weekend was over, but as I turned down my street last evening, I was taken with the color of the sky.  I decided I wanted to get outside and try to capture it.  My nifty-fifty did a nice job of recording just how the sky looked:


That’s SOOC.  Since the light was so beautiful, I decided to poke around the yard for signs of spring.  I found one that really pleased me.  I was going to save this for my photo hunt, but it was just so pretty and I was so happy with how it came out, I just had to share:


I normally don’t like to toot my own horn, but I just love this picture.  It was mostly a happy accident.  I was, as I said, poking for signs of spring when I noticed the lilac buds had turned purple.  I was having issues focusing on these sweet little buds, so I decided to grab my tripod to see if I could get a sharp picture in the fading light.  As I moved the lens around looking for a pretty angle, I caught sight of the lovely orangy-pinky glow of the fading sun behind this bud.  Auto-focus was arguing with me again, probably due to all the greenery around, so I took my chances with manual focus.

Settings for those who like that info: 1/25, f5.6, ISO 800, 250mm focal length, 0 EV.


  1. That is a beautiful shot of the lilac buds. You have every right to toot your own horn on that one. 😉

    Comment by Andrea — April 15, 2011 @ 8:45 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Andrea – toot toot de doot! 😉

      Comment by Karma — April 18, 2011 @ 7:34 pm | Reply

  2. WOW Karen… Horns on full Dukes of Hazard blast mefinks. Toot away, as these are pretty amazing.. For an sooc your sunset is simply stunning, and you know I do love my sunsets.. and your bud thingy… Double wow… 😀

    Comment by FS Photography — April 16, 2011 @ 4:35 am | Reply

    • Hee, hee, Dukes of Hazard! Wow there’s a reference I haven’t heard in a while! Thanks, Brian.

      Comment by Karma — April 18, 2011 @ 7:35 pm | Reply

  3. Both are sooo pretty! I’m glad you were able to get out and capture that sunset.
    What kind of bud is that? The leaves look fuzzy and soft.

    Comment by thedailyclick — April 16, 2011 @ 4:09 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Michaela. That’s a lilac bud – one of my spring favorites. I think the soft look is coming from a combination of the 50mm lens(it seems to add a certain softness to some shots) and the setting sun outlining the leaves.

      Comment by Karma — April 18, 2011 @ 7:36 pm | Reply

  4. Gorgeous sky!! You picked just the right angle for the lilac buds, the background is so pretty, and it really highlights the colors in the bud and the leaves – nicely done!! 🙂

    Comment by Photo By Holly — April 16, 2011 @ 4:10 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Holly! I’m thinking I might even like a nice print of the bud to frame. I dunno, we’ll see.

      Comment by Karma — April 18, 2011 @ 7:37 pm | Reply

  5. Happy accidents are the BEST and it was good that you took advantage of the lovely background bokeh when it was presented to you. You also managed to get some nice rim-lighting on the lower leaves.

    Comment by milkayphoto — April 16, 2011 @ 4:26 pm | Reply

    • Thank you Tracy. As soon as I spotted the setting sun bokeh, I knew I had to try to get it.

      Comment by Karma — April 18, 2011 @ 7:38 pm | Reply

  6. It’s a fantastic shot, very well done!

    Comment by toemailer — April 16, 2011 @ 6:49 pm | Reply

    • Thanks so much – and thanks for stopping by again Ms. Toes!

      Comment by Karma — April 18, 2011 @ 7:39 pm | Reply

  7. Happy accident? I think not! Your description of how you went about taking it showed the photo was destined to be great.

    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — April 17, 2011 @ 9:59 am | Reply

    • Okay, maybe lucky shot? Thanks Scott.

      Comment by Karma — April 18, 2011 @ 7:41 pm | Reply

  8. Your lavender bud is STUNNING, Karma. I love it.

    I have to agree with Scott, too. It was skill (knowing what to do, etc.) and talent, not an accident. 🙂

    Comment by Robin — April 17, 2011 @ 5:10 pm | Reply

    • Very kind of you to say so, Robin. Thank you.

      Comment by Karma — April 18, 2011 @ 7:41 pm | Reply

  9. That is a gorgeous second shot!! You should toot your own horn.

    Comment by plainmama — April 17, 2011 @ 5:56 pm | Reply

    • Toot toot tootie! Thanks Amy.

      Comment by Karma — April 18, 2011 @ 7:42 pm | Reply

  10. That is so pretty! And you earned it.

    Comment by Gerry — April 17, 2011 @ 11:57 pm | Reply

    • ..just for lugging the tripod outside! 😉 Thanks, Gerry!

      Comment by Karma — April 18, 2011 @ 7:42 pm | Reply

  11. Lovely lovely lovely!

    Comment by Dawn — April 18, 2011 @ 6:41 am | Reply

    • Thank you thank you thank you! 🙂

      Comment by Karma — April 18, 2011 @ 7:43 pm | Reply

  12. Lovely light on your lilac. I can’t wait until they bloom although it’s right when my allergies kick in.

    Comment by Becky Sue — April 18, 2011 @ 10:08 pm | Reply

    • Thanks! My yard is just full of lilacs – can’t wait either. Better stock up on Claritin! 😉

      Comment by Karma — April 19, 2011 @ 7:55 am | Reply

  13. […] buds from the other evening I wrote about with all three extension tubes attached to the 55-250mm lens.  I’m still wondering if […]

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