Purple fringe

Maybe I’m a little lazy but sometimes that pays off too.  I don’t have a perfectly groomed yard.  It’s a bit too much work for me.  So, I have decided that by not weeding all the time, I get to see what some of those un-planned gifts that nature can bring.

I noticed these little purple flowers in the back of my yard recently.  Instead of just pulling or spraying them, I took one inside and set up my portable studio.  Even if it isn’t something that you see for sale at the florists, I love the textures and colors of this plant.  It is also a benefit of macro photography that almost any subject can be interesting when given some good lighting and a clean background.

All things considered, I think I will continue to let things run wild a bit and try to notice what Mother Nature decides to plant in my yard.

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/22 – 3 sec – ISO 200

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Crowd of Chrysanthemum

Today, I thought a little color would be appropriate.  I’ve been wishing for those beautiful fall leaves but that isn’t here yet.  A close-up view of a group of brightly-colored chrysanthemum flowers will have to do.

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/22 – 0.2 sec – ISO 200

Flowering vine

Sometimes, nature presents the most beautiful things popping up where you don’t expect them.  These flowers were growing in a jumble of ground clutter.  Not planted in neat rows but winding their way through the sidelines of forgotten corners.

Another exercise in discovering the hidden treasures that are right in front of us!

2017 Annual RPS Photo Walk
Roswell, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
300mm @ f/14 – 1/80 sec – ISO 800

#RoswellPhotographicSociety #RPSPhotoWalk #Roswell #Georgia #WithMyTamron #macro #nature

Store-bought Autumn

Well, if Mother Nature won’t cooperate, we just have to go out and buy our Autumn colors!  The trees outside still think it’s Summer since the temperatures have been pretty consistently in the high 80’s.  That means, if I want some fall color, it has to come home in a pot.  This beautiful red and yellow chrysanthemum was just what we needed.

I haven’t done much macro work lately so, with the weekend being pretty overcast, I thought this would be a great opportunity.  It really should be an easy topic just about any time but I get lazy.  That should never be my excuse since there is always something just waiting to be made into a nice image.  Just need to get up and look for it!

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/16 – 0.25 sec – ISO 200

Ordinary or not?

Yesterday, I went out for the annual Photo Walk with the Roswell Photographic Society.  Each year, we take a group out to walk around the Historic District around Canton Street to look for images in our home town.  It is surprising how many interesting subjects there are right in front of you that you don’t notice most of the time.  Sometimes it can be the buildings or signs that we pass often and don’t pay attention to.  There are also things like this flower that are usually taken for granted.

If you slow down and really look at what’s around you, often the ordinary can become extraordinary.  Looking at details, appreciating colors, seeing patterns that were always there but were missed in our busy life can make every-day items seem special.  I really need to do this more often!

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
150mm @ f/8 – 1/100 sec – ISO 800

#RoswellPhotographicSociety #RPSPhotoWalk #Roswell #Georgia

Not just waterlilies

While the waterlilies were the featured attraction on our latest visit to Gibbs Gardens, there were other flowers brightening the garden paths as well.  I’m not sure what variety this is but the relatively small white blossoms were beautiful to look at.  It was a bit challenging to get a good shot since the breeze was pushing their slender stems about regularly.  Hard to hit a moving target when you’re trying to get detail in sharp focus.

I’d say it’s not too bad a shot considering this was in the shade, hand-held and with that extra challenge of the wind.  In any case, this was just one of the many lovely flowers that still covers the garden paths up in Ball Ground.

Monet Waterlily Festival
Gibbs Gardens
Ball Ground, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
200mm @ f/9 – 1/20 sec – ISO 250

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A light in the darkness

The waterlily pond at Gibbs Gardens is a special place.  There are so many varied colors and shapes to look at and each of them is beautiful.  One of the challenges as well as the benefits of the way the garden is situated is how the light hits different areas.  Some spots are very shady, while others are full sunlight.  The areas in full sun really highlight the individual flowers but often, the highlights are too hot and the light is too harsh.

The spots that are shady tend to give you more pleasant results but the light can be difficult.  In this case, the sun cooperated by putting a little spotlight on the lily blossoms while leaving the surrounding pads mostly in the dark.  I like the contrast this provides and the fact that you can see lots of detail in the structure of the flower.  Often, mid-afternoon is a time of day that you don’t get the best light but there are isolated spots where you can still get some great images.

Monet Waterlily Festival
Gibbs Gardens
Ball Ground, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
200mm @ f/9 – 1/20 sec – ISO 250

#GibbsGardens  #MonetWaterlilyFestival  #WaterLilies  #flowers #gardens  #WithMyTamron  #reflections  #LilyPond