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Old Aug 10, 2007, 11:16 PM   #1
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I wandered around my neighborhood today, playing with my new lens. It's taking some getting used to when using a big aperture - focus becomes more critical.

This little fellow seems to be very much at home in my back yard. I think it's a half-grown baby - he seems to be changing coats (pretty mottled looking), and pretty thin.
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Old Aug 10, 2007, 11:17 PM   #2
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I've been having trouble taking red flowers recently, but thought this one came out rather well.
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Can't decide if I like this picture or just the idea of the picture - not sure it worked out. What do other people think about it?
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Old Aug 10, 2007, 11:20 PM   #4
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Another yellow flower, this time a sunflower.
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Old Aug 10, 2007, 11:22 PM   #5
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Pink flower. Again, I'm not sure I like this picture. I was practicing using a large aperture (shooting mostly at 2.8-3.something) and really struggled with the focus.
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Old Aug 10, 2007, 11:25 PM   #6
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Last one. A noxious weed, apparently. There was a sign on my subdivision's bulletin board saying that this is a non-native noxious weed that will choke out native plants and they are trying to get rid of it. It's become fairly common around our area and is rather photogenic for something that looks like it is related to a thistle. I liked the picture because it is sharp.

P.S. All shots taken with the K10 and the DA*50-135.
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It's obvious to anyone that flowers are your speciality, but I think the red Rose of Sharon rises a bit over even your normal level. The perfect sharpness and exposure (red is difficult)and the composition with the diagonal line and the dark/light background perfectly in place. I like it very much.

The sunflower, with the shadow to the left, gives me an association to - Greta Garbo!

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What a wonderful walk it must of been, that little fellow so perfectly shot is ever so cute.
The detail and sharpness in the weed is awesome, the subtle shadowing in the sunflower shot just makes it stand out so well and the pink flower is just downright pretty.
All so well captured.

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