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Old May 9, 2010, 2:01 AM   #1
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After Scott mentioned that Topaz Labs had released a new version of Denoise, I went back to a picture I took over the winter. I had liked the shot but it was taken in very early morning light at 1600 and I hadn't quite bothered to process it. I used it as trial, and I was really happy with the results:



It's not a test or anything like that (it's resized). I just liked the picture.

Friday I took a break from packing up my office and tossing stuff that should have been tossed a while ago. The flowers I found right by what's in the process of becoming a construction site. Taken with the Viv S1 105 macro:



The terrain where I work is somewhat hilly. There's a hillside with a staircase going down it and they've planted ivy to control erosion. Another shot with the Viv macro.

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Old May 9, 2010, 12:11 PM   #2
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Such a gorgeous picture of an iris (? - I'm not much good at identifying flowers) !

That Viv 105 is a lovely lens !
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I think it's an iris. There are a bunch of them blooming on a corner of a building, next to where a construction trailer will be going in the next few weeks. I was really pleased how this one came out - I played around with the exposure compensation to try to get the white flower to come out white, without blowing out. The Viv is a nice macro - there are better ones out there, but they cost a whole lot more than what I paid for mine. When I was shopping it came down to the Viv or one at 3 times the cost.
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I think it's an iris. There are a bunch of them blooming on a corner of a building, next to where a construction trailer will be going in the next few weeks.
I know it as a wild iris from South Africa [dietes grandiflora] see Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dietes

Lovely photo.

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I know it as a wild iris from South Africa [dietes grandiflora] see Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dietes

Lovely photo.

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You beat me to it, Bernice. And yes, very nice photo.

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Good work Harriet, The first one has a great ambiance to it, don't you just hate it when such a nice shot has to have those #@*&%! power lines!
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Old May 10, 2010, 10:25 PM   #7
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Thanks for the ID on the iris. There are quite a few of them planted here and there on campus. It's no wonder they do well, coming from South Africa. I've tried to photograph them a couple of times in the past but either didn't get the exposure right or else the background was lousy. This one I really liked, probably the best picture I've managed of one so far.

Power lines are a fact of life around here. I've given up trying to avoid them (and couldn't since this picture was taken through my second floor window).
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All really fine (as always) - especially the iris!
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Thanks, mole! That's high praise coming from you, who takes such awesome plants all the time.
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All three have some interesting lighting, the flower is gorgeous.
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