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Old Apr 13, 2008, 8:01 PM   #1
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The camera club I'm in went to the Country Care Heritage Rose Garden saturday. A very nice place run by people who do it because they love it! I used my K100D and Vivitar Series 1 105mm f2.5 macro lens for these. The weather was perfect. Ground fog had just lifted as we got there.

First one is a traditional pink rose.





Peach rose







Red rosebud





Busy Bee





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Old Apr 13, 2008, 8:22 PM   #2
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I love the dew pictures - they are perfect flower pictures. The bee would be my favorite in any other company, but the firstthree are just awesome!
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Old Apr 13, 2008, 9:26 PM   #3
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Thanks, Harriet! I know what you mean about the bee pic. The conditions were really the key.

I've lived here for years and had never heard of this place. I will be going back. There is one bush that is, seriously, 20 feet around and 10 feet high. It wasn't blooming yet but was full of buds. I can't imagine how it is going to look in full bloom!

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The bee shot wins, the flower shots are gorgeous.
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A beautiful collection of shots, but #2 stands out for me. The dew glistening on the petals shimmers like carefully applied glitter. Nice work.

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Rodney9 wrote:
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The bee shot wins, the flower shots are gorgeous.
Dito that. The dew concentated along the edges of the petals is amazing.
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Thanks guys for the nice words!

Rodney, I like the bee shot too.

You can't spray water on a flower and have it come out like that!
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All of these are definite winners.

That lens, together with your skill, really work well.

Whilst I love the shot of the bee (never yet got one that sharp!), I think pic 2 of the peach rose really nails it for me.

Perfect sharpness and DoF - and that is on the basic monitor at work - I will look again when I get home.



Congrats on the shots.



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BTW - do you find your postion and focus, or set the focus and lean in and out?
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Hi Dal. Thanks for looking andyour kind words.

All were tripod mounted. I've tried the focus trap/move in and out technique with this lens and there is no way I am steady enough for it. I would compose the shot and use the 2 sec. delay. With the shutter pushed, I would adj focus till the shutter tripped.

I walked through the garden looking for the type of lighting I wanted and arranged the shot with the tripod. You kind of have to move along because the light is changing constantly and the dew is evaporating.

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They are all nice, I really like the dew on the first two, but then the bee is pretty great also.

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