Monday, April 17, 2006

New Blooms This Year




39 Comments:

Blogger micki said...

Not in the mood to start Macro Mondays yet. More than likely I will next week.

These sprouted up for the first time in the five springs we’ve been living here. They were probably always there, but never bloomed before. They are a very small flower, and these shots took forever to make. The flowers grow in the shade, and there was limited sunlight coming in through all the trees. I spent about 20 minutes on my tummy crawling around, trying to position the flowers into some light and get my reflector in the right place each time. It was very windy and I kept poking myself on dried holly leaves and dead undergrowth that lies all over forest floor. It was one of the best morning I’d had in a long time!! My daughter kept poking her head out of the door to check on me, and then rolling her eyes before going back in. If anyone is interested in the name of this flower, e-mail me. I don’t have it handy now, but I did learn it later when I visited a local flower farm.

Konica Minolta 70 Kodak Gold ISO 400 Sigma 105mm lens (All of these were done hand held, and I never hand hold my camera.

1/250 f-6.7 Program Mode

1/250 f-9.5 Program Mode

1/1500 f-5.6 Aperture Priority

1/500 f-5.6 Aperture Priority

Sorry about the easy post yesterday, I had a more difficult one planned out, but completely forgot about it until long after I had posted the pineapple shot…which I bought specifically to shoot. I don’t care for pineapple, but hubby and the kids do. They enjoyed.

rss feed should be up by the end of the week.

Here’s a question for the masses…last two weeks when I’ve been cleaning house, I’ve had the tunes playing, and there I am…dancing along while cleaning the shower wall (and feeling pretty cool.) Then I try to imagine what I would have thought of that scene when I was a sixteen year old (22 years ago.) So, here’s the question…Who’s more cool, the sixteen year old with the better body, but clueless to life; or the over 35 year old who understands what it’s all about, and still likes to dance on the coffee table? Personally, I think I’m cooler now, but my daughters don’t believe that to be true.

8:26 AM  
Anonymous Lord Vader said...

Ummm loaded question girl, asking a bunch of men who is more cooler, a young woman with a better body or an older woman with more life experience. Ummm, it will take most men 1/1000th of a second to get back to you on that one LOL. Me I will personally go for the older lady with experience, knowing what I know at my ripe young age of 25(okay I have been 25 for the last 8yrs).

To the images, good series, what makes me laugh is I have just come back from a shoot and sort of took some images similar to these ones, although I was lucky as the macros I went for where all hanging off a tree :) I sort of prefer the bottom image. It strikes a cord with me and has become my favourite :) Good use of DOF on them all.

Suby

8:55 AM  
Blogger Tony said...

nice collection of flowers, look real good..

its cooler now, becuase although you'll have done that and more at 16 - 18, 20something, go the festivals, burn the midnight candle, set the world to rights over a cheap wine... you now have the strength of character to do it today... even with the kids look at you and go "mum / dad... please" and you still feel the joy of being alive... its the one big advantage we have over our parents, they would never have done that, while we will also do that...

T :o)

9:00 AM  
Anonymous Gary said...

these flowers have a bit of a droopy sadness that I like

9:33 AM  
Blogger Laurie said...

These are very pretty. They look "shy". Lovely.

9:49 AM  
Anonymous Otto K said...

Lovely and delicate. Very nice.

10:07 AM  
Anonymous NoWords said...

beautiful, well done!

10:13 AM  
Anonymous Phil said...

These are really pretty flowers - at first glance I thought they were snowdrops, before I noticed the spots on the petals. The second shot is great.

The 35 year old is cooler, no question. At 16 life is all about wanting to be cool & trying too hard. At 35 life is about being yourself and not caring what anyone else thinks, which is where cool ultimately springs from...

10:47 AM  
Blogger Laurie said...

I almost forgot, I think 43, :), is way cooler! LOL!

Of course my kids would definitely disagree. :(

11:09 AM  
Anonymous MrC said...

they must in the same family as snowdrops ... similar characteristics there ... great shots, of course, &; of course, most enjoyable crawling through the undergrowth & get desired results! ... did a bit of digging before posting this ... & they appear to be snowflakes! .. never heard of them myself .. but will be on the lookout for some bulbs!

as for which is cooler.. hard one, but coffee table dancing probably wins it for me ;) (although 16 & clueless ... that's a definition of cool i'd vote for! lol)

11:11 AM  
Blogger Ali said...

Great shots. Love the focus on this imagaes.og

11:21 AM  
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11:57 AM  
Anonymous Ana said...

Oh, I especially like that lost shot. WOW!

12:09 PM  
Blogger Naturegirl said...

Getting "down and dirty" what else can we expect from you!Great photos!! I posted multiple photos today in my post!!Thanks teacher,thankyou for sharing.

12:17 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Great shots of Galanthus nivalis. (Snowdrops). I totally recommend rainpants when crawling around on you tummy. Saves laundry:). About being cool...well I've always been:). So I think if you where cool at sixteen, you must be really cool now. Having a better body when you are younger is just a given. (Which works for both genders). Coolness is a state of mind.

12:34 PM  
Anonymous Ricardo said...

Very beautiful images of flowers, enchant to me to watch them.

1:05 PM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Beautiful series, well done Micki!

1:26 PM  
Anonymous johnz said...

please, you are pretty clueless until you hit 45, so I go with the 16 year old since that is the year I was on top my tennis game

3:03 PM  
Anonymous Dave said...

Very pretty series. The bottom one is probably my favorite.

4:29 PM  
Blogger askme2flashU said...

As for the cool question, I agree with Phil. Cool is not careing if your cool(think James Dean). Sixteen has it's upside, cool just isn't one of them.

4:53 PM  
Blogger photo-effe said...

nice and sulime Photo, I see the atmsphr af the spring

4:54 PM  
Anonymous BobC said...

Beautiful shots there.

6:30 PM  
Anonymous G said...

I'll vote for the 35 year old being cooler, only because that's closer to my age!

7:36 PM  
Blogger MOEVIEW said...

cool series.

7:52 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

oh, these are just beautiful!! Look forward to seeing more flowers from you.

7:53 PM  
Anonymous idreaminred said...

i love the second shot micki. always love the feeling of all your shots. keep up the greatness. =D I'll be heading to the botanical gardens on wednesday, hopefully i'll get a shot as nice as yours.

8:09 PM  
Blogger wisconsin pics said...

nice looks great very lovely pics

9:39 PM  
Blogger Wolf said...

Very delicate looking little flowers, glad they finally bloomed for you! :)

9:54 PM  
Anonymous outdoorexposure said...

nice detail, i like the composition and dof...tone and texture feel like painting-excellent capture:-)

10:23 PM  
Blogger Dave MacIntyre said...

A great series of shots here Micki. Well done.

11:08 PM  
Blogger Ash said...

I am 21 and my mom who is in her mid-forties is the coolest person i know! So i'd surely say older is much cooler!

Beautiful flower shots, Micki. I love the first one....

11:51 PM  
Anonymous david kleinert said...

spring is here! well for you it is - we are heading into the cooler season ;(

12:17 AM  
Blogger Brent Vermilyea said...

Four very great macros, Miki. Four of the best macros I've seen from you. I really like the style here. Great DOF; your camera/lens combination must be a joy to use. Regards, Brent

2:49 AM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

That third image is especially beautiful - the whole lot was definitely worth the crawling!

6:20 AM  
Anonymous Jide ALakija said...

Lovely micki....I need now to find me a flower to do things like this. I like very much

6:29 AM  
Anonymous Anders said...

Beautiful photos. I agree with gary above; they have a bit of sadness in them. Third is my favorite.

8:01 AM  
Blogger DAVE (theendofdave.com) said...

Is the word mystical too strong for the third one? I love it.

8:06 AM  
Anonymous Paxton Prints said...

Lovely series! Well composed. I paticular like the softer tones.

PS -16 year olds always think they are cooler!

10:17 AM  
Anonymous james m said...

these four pics are fantastic micki, love the colours and shallow DoF

had a brief look around your blog but still on dial-up and will spend some more time when I get access to broadband again.

8:14 AM  

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