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Old Mar 8, 2011, 8:32 AM   #11
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Oh that first reflected dawn shot is just gorgeous ! And more great low DoF shots of buds too - you spoil us !
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Nice series Mole, what lens are you using for the closeups, it looks really sharp.

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Lovely images as always, Mole. We just got hammered with another major (and record-setting) winter storm. Some parts of Vermont and upstate New York received more than 2 feet of snow! It's very encouraging to see that spring is arriving in your neighborhood. Perhaps it will find its way up here eventually.
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Kevin - so glad you liked the dawn shot - just a touch of HDR to bring out the range... Have taken a few more early spring bloom shots, but not had time to go through them yet - too busy repairing flooded trails!

Hans - Glad you enjoyed these. I have a few options for macros: a Sigma 105 Macro, Pentax A 35-105 semi-macro (plus Raynox close-up lens), and some old M42 extension tubes with an old SuperTak 35mm. Most of these macros were with the Sigma.

MtnMan - We got your storm, but it was many inches of rain instead of snow. Forecast is for a few flurries here tonight, maybe a few inches of snow on the higher mountains. Right now we are just very soggy!! Sure do hope & pray you are surviving the winter storms well...
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Old Mar 12, 2011, 5:12 PM   #15
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A lovely series! I'm trying to get caught up after being busy at both work and with taking test shots with the K5. So now that it's in FedEx's hands, I can enjoy all of your shots.

Since you asked, I like the cooler background for your willow leaf buds. While normally I'd like the green one, its so warm and a beautiful shade of green that I find my eye wandering to it more than it should. I think the cooler/greyish background is less distracting, keeping my eye on the branch more. But it wouldn't surprise me if others think the one with the green background a more pleasing picture.
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Harriet - Thanks so much for the helpful & specific feedback. The brighter green background was plant life that was naturally there. Cooler was an old pair of chainsaw chaps spread out as background. Glad you liked the experiment!
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Old Mar 14, 2011, 3:24 PM   #17
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That's interesting how you got the cooler background. I figured the green was plant-life, it's what I would have expected. I just figured the cooler one was deeper shadow - you changed angles or something. I never would have guessed that it was something you created with chainsaw chaps - what a useful idea! I'll have to keep such an idea in mind, though I wouldn't be using something for a chainsaw! More likely a jacket or camera bag or something along those lines. It certainly was effective.
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More pictures!! and you DO have spring beauties out!!!

I guess I never looked at tree buds so up-close before, and how similar they are to "regular" flower buds (sounds silly.) It's hard to decide on the willow buds- the first background is brighter and more of a spring "mood" but the second one really brings out the color of the buds more.

I love the harbinger-of-spring and toothwort pictures. And the cool jello-fungus (I know that's not really its name) picture. And of course the cow on the weather vane!!! those are probably my favorites.

Well, but I love those early morning lake shots too. I think the second one is my favorite of those, but they are all lovely. Well I guess that's all... miss you!! see ya later!
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Harriet - Glad you liked the "backdrop" material. An old green jacket would work just as well..

BlueSky - Thanks so much for taking the time to share your helpful & specific comments! Miss you too, and hope to see you soon!!
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