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Douglas Iris

Posted by
Barbara Lee (Oakland, United States) on 17 May 2011 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Last week I took a walk in Huckleberry Nature Reserve, one of the most sweet trails in our hills. It is like a fairyland in the springtime. I walked with my tripod and macro lens and spend quite a bit of time with the Douglas Iris. I am very happy with this result! Some help from Nik, but mostly, just a lot of patience and a sore back from bending over that tripod on the trail. It would be nice to always be able to hike with my tripod, but it is tough enough to carry the big DSLR.

NIKON D90 1/8 second F/13.0 ISO 250 135 mm (35mm equiv.)

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DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

I congratulate you for carrying all that equipment along...and I have to say it made this shot perfect.
The clarity and delicacy of the lines of the flower is a delight.
Beautiful handling of the sunlight and strong contrasting tones.

17 May 2011 6:51am

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

HI Barbara...Well your efforts certainly pay off here..and the highlights on the three primary petals are spectacular...that really makes the image a true beauty....I am waiting for the angel choir to sing "dahhhh!"" The darkened background supports all of this so well and I really LOVE your angle and teh slightly lighter stalks and leaves below so we cans ee the entire plant...This is a beauty fit for a publication or wall - or both ;-) Beautiful!

17 May 2011 12:45pm

@Denny Jump Photo: Why thank you, Denny! You arevtoo kind. But gotta say I like it alot as well. It shows that it does pay off, like Mike Moats taught us at his macro bootcamp, to get that camera lcked down on a tripod!

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

I hear you about hauling the tripod, but your efforts were well rewarded! I love these fragile little beauties, and this one is just perfect!

17 May 2011 2:09pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Stunning results. Worth the effort. I must confess it's an effort I should make more often myself, but I just don't.

17 May 2011 2:28pm

Barbara Kile from Ft. Worth, United States

Wonderful luminance on the flower!

17 May 2011 3:29pm

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

You captured all its delicate character!

18 May 2011 12:57am

David from Detroit, United States

Beautifully done!

18 May 2011 1:03am

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

this is even better! lovely focus and sharpness! i think the dark green leaves that are blurred in the background give this a perfect fill and the overall photo looks fantastic!

18 May 2011 2:56am

Kathryn from Warburton, Australia

oh wow!! such a beautiful capture and image! well done! was definitely worth the effort!

18 May 2011 7:42am

Vaido from Võrumaa, Estonia


18 May 2011 1:09pm

karla from Omaha, United States

Gorgeous. Really shows the delicate colors well.

18 May 2011 4:01pm

Anita from West Nottingham, United States

Love the glow of this flower!

19 May 2011 9:58am

Mike from California, United States

I like how the petal colors stand out from the darker background...nicely done !

23 May 2011 12:18am

1/8 second
ISO 250
135 mm (35mm equiv.)