A knockout

So, this is just a case where I grabbed a common item – a knockout rose from a bush on my side yard, and played with it.  There’s so much you can do with post-processing that it really boggles the mind.  I may have gone a bit much on the dark side here but I was trying to control the contrast in the light areas.  The red is so dark and contrasty that any light areas are very prone to getting blown out in comparison.  I think the final result came out all right.

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
150mm @ f/8.0 – 1/60 sec – ISO 400

#macro #rose #knockout #closeup #Roswell #Georgia #WithMyTamron

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Textures

Here’s another example of playing with texture and contrast.  Nature is full of amazing patterns and many different textures.  For this image, I combined the hard-prickly surface of a pine cone with the soft green ridges of a hosta leaf.  I thought the curving patterns of the leaf and the cone were also intersting together.

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ 263AB 100 tripod
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
140mm @ f/9 – 1/80 sec – ISO 400

#macro #hosta #pinecone #closeup #Roswell #Georgia #WithMyTamron

Bee balm

I bought some bee balm last year as it was on a list of plants that are supposed to attract butterflies and humming birds.  I don’t know that it has done that so much but I think the flowers are interesting.  The plant is part of the mint family and if you rub the leaves you get a very nice scent from it.

I wasn’t sure if this was going to come back after the winter but so far, it has done well.  Hoping it will continue to thrive and spread out a little.

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
300mm @ f/7.1 – 1/60 sec – ISO 400

#macro #BeeBalm #closeup #Roswell #Georgia #WithMyTamron

The Pollinator

This bee is a little more yellow than normal.  He has been rummaging through the Rose of Sharon flowers in my yard and is heavily dusted with pollen.  It’s pretty obvious that this one is doing the job of transferring pollen from one flower to another.  I only wish they would stay still for a little longer than they do.  I had to snap very quick shots because they were on to the next spot in no time.

They didn’t seem to mind me much.  I had an occaisional buzz-by but nothing that made me worried that they were annoyed enough to attack.  I guess there are way too many flowers to keep them occupied.

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
300mm @ f/13 – 1/125 sec – ISO 400

#macro #RoseOfSharon #BumbleBee #closeup #Roswell #Georgia #WithMyTamron

Hosta flower

I am often surprised to see plants that you know for their foliage only blooming.  Hostas are fantastic plants for shady areas.  They grow well and have beautiful leaves with lots of fantastic texture.  Under the right conditions, they also put out some interesting flowers.  Right now, I have one that is getting enough sun and water to do just that.

The flower stalk comes up and there is a chrysanthemum-like bud at the top.  Around the stalk, it puts out lots of cone-shaped flowers that open into separate blossoms.  In combination with the handsome leaves of the plant, it really makes a beautiful scene.

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
300mm @ f/10 – 1/50 sec – ISO 400

#macro #hosta #flower #closeup #Roswell #Georgia #WithMyTamron

Adenium

One of the plants that I inherited from my uncle is an Adenium.  Native to Africa and Arabia, this beautiful desert flower appears on a very unusual shaped plant.  The base or caudex of the plant is bulbous and the branches stretch out from it to form interesting shapes.  The plant is often used for bonsai because of these shapes.

As long as it gets a decent amount of sun and water, they bloom profusely in the summer.  I love having this plant around all year long because of the shape as well as the gorgeous flowers.

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ 263AB 100 tripod
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
200mm @ f/14 – 1/13 sec – ISO 400

#macro #Adenium #flower #closeup #Roswell #Georgia #WithMyTamron

Finale

You would think that the big finale of a fireworks show would be the best opportunity to get good images.  Not so much!!  I have found that this often results in one big white blob rather than lots of beautiful light trails.  There’s so much going on, so many explosions and so much smoke, it is very hard to get anything worthwhile.

I got this one (the only good image from the big finale) at the beginning of the process.  The problem with this mass display is that you usually set up for fireworks using a long exposure to follow the bright lights moving against the dark sky.  I was using a 5 second exposure for most shots.  In this one, I switched to manual and held it a little shorter.  Oh well, you get the idea.  It was a great display.  Sometimes, you just have to put the camera down and enjoy what’s going on, I guess.

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
50mm @ f/9 – 3.6 sec – ISO 100

#FourthOfJuly #IndependenceDay #fireworks #WillsPark #Alpharetta #Georgia #WithMyTamron