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Old Apr 24, 2010, 12:05 PM   #1
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Default After the Storm: Irises that Survived

Multiple hail storms moved through our area in the last 24 hours, wiping out many of our blooming irises. Before the rain dried off the survivors, I got out this morning with the K20, the Pentax 10-17 FE, and my O-Ring reflector on the front of the Pentax 540 flash. The 10-17 does a pretty good job as a macro lens and gives some interesting perspectives, although you have to be careful not to hit the flowers with the front of the lens.

I went deeper into the flower to try to capture the water drops.

All were shot at ISO 250 on Av mode @ f/22.

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Old Apr 24, 2010, 12:41 PM   #2
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Hi Paul,

Great series!!!

The colors and fine detail just jump off the screen and I especially like the dramatic perspective of #s 1&2 with the storm clouds in the background.

Some very creative work with the FE!

As much as I love teles, the DOF obtainable by wide FL lenses is really something I need to play with more.

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Old Apr 24, 2010, 12:53 PM   #3
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Looks like you are continuing to have fun with the 10-17 FE Paul. Yes, it does function as a great macro lens as well..the depth of field due to the wide angle helps a lot! Nice sharp and colorful images...#2 and 3 are the best for me.
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Old Apr 24, 2010, 1:23 PM   #4
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Love them!

The perspective on the first 2 gives me a "Triffid" moment, looks like they are looming over you. The colour and detail in the last 2 shots are brilliant as well!
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Old Apr 24, 2010, 1:59 PM   #5
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Great shots Paul .... I really like this series !
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Old Apr 24, 2010, 5:36 PM   #6
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Nice job, when you get close, you really get close


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Amazing! I really like the second to the last one.

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Old Apr 24, 2010, 9:12 PM   #8
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These are great Paul! the first two being my favorite.

Life's a breeze on a Goldwing...
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I really enjoyed these. Seems like the o ring was a perfect choice -- lighting and color are really helping each other out. Love # 2 and the "interior" shots.
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Lovely series. The 10-17 is definitely an interesting lens, and you've done a good job of showing off some non-traditional ways of using it.
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