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Old May 25, 2007, 5:19 PM   #11
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these are great H.
what ap were you using??

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Old May 25, 2007, 6:16 PM   #12
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Nice shots Harriet. These look like big flowers, I think what you got with the 135mm is probably better than if you had gone with a macro shot.

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Old May 26, 2007, 12:43 AM   #13
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Kjell- thanks for the link on the poppies. I knew there were a number of varieties, but not that there were that many, and that they varied so much.

Roy - I used f8 for these. I tend to use f8 a lot with this lens, seems a sensible aperture for most things, though I've gotten nice results with the lens wide open, too (though the DOF is pretty small).

Here's another picture from my neighbor's garden. It shows the flower that is very close to the California poppy, and how they aren't all that big.
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Old May 26, 2007, 12:44 AM   #14
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Finally, the flower itself, close up. This one I took earlier this spring in the Botanical Gardens (there's a native plant area) with the Phoenix 100mm macro.
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Old May 26, 2007, 12:53 AM   #15
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I also have to thank you, Kjell, for helping me identify this flower, also from the Botanical Gardens. I always thought they were interesting flowers, but never knew that they are a poppy, too (or at least they sure look like the picture of a tree poppy). They grow quite very tall compared to our other poppies.
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Old May 26, 2007, 5:12 PM   #16
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Wow, Harriet you did a great job on that last shot to not blow those white flowers in the sunlight! The rest are great too of coursebut having learned how tough it is to properly expose white against a darker background in bright light, the detail in that last one is really nice.

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Old May 26, 2007, 10:53 PM   #17
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Tim - thanks for the complement on the last one (I took about 3 pictures of these flowers, and they all came out very well - the crinkled texture of the petals was still there). I think I used spot metering and metered from the white or theyellow centerof the flower. The original was a bit underexposed (not hugely) and I used Lightroom to lighten just the whites, ignoring the darker background. I tend to like high contrast flower pictures and don't mind the background going black/dark/clipping as long as the flower stands out. Maybe not the "correct" answer, but it suits my taste and helps to deal with distracting backgrounds.
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Harriet, the first one and the last one are the ones I like best, they are extremely nice, sharp shots.

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nice poppies and others! sounds like your neighbor has a green thumb!

I like that red poppy the most!

*iris are cool too, and smell amazingly nice!
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Old May 29, 2007, 6:33 AM   #20
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is this lens the not smc takumar?

it gives great result, and i would be pleased about it since i just bought it....
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