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Old Feb 15, 2010, 9:33 PM   #1
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Default Time for Spring & Flowers to arrive

I'm bored and impatient with the cold weather and the lack of color that surrounds the Northeast right now. So, I'm thinking Spring and the subsequent blooms of a myriad of different flowers:

The first image was taken with the 70-300mm lens.
The 2nd with the 50mm macro
The 3rd with the 40-150mm lens
The 4th with the 14-54mm lens
the 5th with the 35mm macro
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Old Feb 15, 2010, 9:40 PM   #2
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I messed up on the second and third images. So, I tried again.
1st is 50mm macro
2nd is the 40-150mm


One of the reasons I posted these photos is to illustrate why I guess I don't use legacy lenses any longer. The ZD digital lenses besides being able to AF, are simply sharper as the are made specifically for the fourthirds designed digital bodies.
They are easier to use, simple to focus and the results speak for themselves. Comments and criticisms are always welcome as are your favorite flower shots that you'd care to add.
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Old Feb 15, 2010, 10:21 PM   #3
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The Dallas Arboretum's big Spring program, Dallas Blooms, opens in less than a month. Last year I went on March 9. It's hard with this past weeks' weather to think the park will look on March 9, 2010 like it did last year.

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Old Feb 16, 2010, 5:42 AM   #4
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Hi Greg,

It's always a treat to view one of your galleries. I do hope that this Spring's blooms are just as plentiful..

I''ll be looking forward to seeing your results this year, using the E-30.

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Old Feb 16, 2010, 5:56 AM   #5
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nice flower shots zig very well lit, did you use fill flash or a reflector?
i really like the 1st. & 3rd.
was the 40-150 the old or new version, and did you use an extension tube on it?

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nice flower shots zig very well lit, did you use fill flash or a reflector?
i really like the 1st. & 3rd.
was the 40-150 the old or new version, and did you use an extension tube on it?

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Good morning Charles,

Actually, I didn't use either. All were taken with natural lighting. The 40-150 was the newer, smaller version and no extension tube was used. All shots have been cropped.

I have yet to use a fill-in flash or reflector for outdoor shots. This Spring, I do plan on spending time to get a better understanding of that aspect of photography.

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All excellent, Zig. Hard to pick a fav. but I'd say #4.

Here are a couple taken with the EP1 + Canon FD 50mm f1.4 MF lens. Not nearly as good as yours but fun to play with those old MF lenses.


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Good morning Tullio,

Hey, I just realized your on the left coast which means your posting at 2:30 am. I guess you enjoy staying up late.........

Aaahhh, those of old fast primes are fun to work with aren't they. I've always wanted to have a 50mm f1.4 to see what affects I could come up with as their DOF can be so thin.

I like both of your images but do like the out of focus background on the 1st.
Did you or the camera apply the soft focus around the frame on the 2nd?

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Default All my flowers have bugs on 'em

But I found a couple. Mine tend to be little wildflowers and weeds with the macro.





I don't know what the first two are, but this is clover.



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Hi Greg,

Your shots are always beautiful - with bugs or not........

Thanks for posting and keeping this thread going. I'd love to see a whole bunch more from others as well. It will help keep me from looking at the snow falling
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