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Old Jun 16, 2011, 9:59 PM   #1
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Default FZ35 - Prickly pear blossoms

Prickly pear plants are not very common in this area. The blossoms are unusually prolific this year. The plants are unusual because they are cactus-like in nature, large succulent lobes populated with thorns. The contrast of the foreboding lobe/thorn is the beautiful flower. The buds are ugly, however. The flowers look like fire, moving from red, to orange, then to bright yellow. Insects were hard at work today.

These were shot with P mode, center-weight exposure, some with spot focus, others with area focus. Picture settings, Sharpness, 2, Contrast 2, Saturation 1, Noise reduction, -2. AF macro focus. AutoWB, AutoISO.

The insects were cropped out, about a quarter of the image. Others have little, if any PP.

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Old Jun 17, 2011, 12:15 AM   #2
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These are amazing roger, without the use of a close up lens!
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Great macro series roger53.... indeed like with a close up lens
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Roger great shots! That is an easy color to blow out the detail on. You did a very good job.

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Good series Roger, good capture of the critters as well
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Wow, what is that lovely green sparkly insect? Nice shots.
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Really fab series - the colour and detail on the petals is excellent.
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Old Jun 17, 2011, 9:22 PM   #8
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Thanks for all the positive comments. As a new FZ35 user, the comments are useful and encouraging.

Getting these shots is another example of "had my camera with me." I didn't expect to find these plants. We visit this property every week, but do not ever recall seeing these kinds of blossoms in the past. It was a surprise, and I was glad to get the photo op.

Today, the subject was Japanese Iris. I've posted up a few shots from the opportunity.

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/pa...nese-iris.html

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