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Old May 5, 2009, 11:27 PM   #1
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I've been getting used to using a tripod (something I've always actively avoided). But I'm becoming a convert - my flower pictures are improving.

A couple from Sunday, when the wind was blowing pretty hard. If nothing else, it was nice to have the camera all ready focused and in the right spot while I waited for the wind to ease a bit before pressing the shutter:

California Poppy (I've hand-held similar shots in the past, I find it pretty easy to get a reasonable shot of these bright flowers):



Lupine and Ladybug. I probably should try cloning out the leaf that's intruding on the right. This is a case where I got so fascinated by the ladybug that I didn't notice the distracting leaf (always a problem with me). The wind was causing the stalk to swing out of frame so I didn't have much chance to line things up better than this:



From today, when the wind wasn't blowing:

Don't know what it is, but I love the crinkled petals:



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1/13 sec., f18. I also used a reflector to add a bit more light, this one wouldn't have been possible at all without a tripod.

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Old May 9, 2009, 9:11 AM   #2
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Already told you I like the crumpled paper look of the last 3, but IMHO nr1 is the best of the bunch. probably because I always have problems with contrast in pure yellow flowers.
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Old May 9, 2009, 9:48 AM   #3
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Thanks. However, the first one is a very bright orange, not yellow. It's not quite as hard as pure white or yellow flowers. And these poppies have enough detail/variations to make them interesting. The main problem I've had this year is the wind - nothing stays still.
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