Floral Friday 10.12.12

To find what you seek in the road of life, 
the best proverb of all is that which says:
“Leave no stone unturned.”
-Edward Bulwer Lytton

Nelson Rocks, The Notch

Carnation

Nelson Rocks

Route 33, Virginia

Chrysanthemum

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22 Responses to Floral Friday 10.12.12

  1. andy1076 says:

    The Chrysanthemum capture is amazing :)

    • Thanks! It’s (if I recall correctly) 44 images combined into one to get everything in focus. It was a fun project!

      • andy1076 says:

        wow! exposure over exposure huh?

      • allthingsboys says:

        It’s a focus stacking program called Zarene stacker. You take consecutive photos with the focus starting on one side, and incrementally change it as you take photos. You then load all the photos in the program, and it creates a composite with only the points in focus of each picture to create one photo with everything in focus. It sounds more complicated than it is. The hardest part is learning how to take the photos and what position to place the object in.

      • andy1076 says:

        Neat! I’ll give it a try, only problem is my photos are usually taken with my galaxy s3 using an HDR app or taken with a non dslr camera :( thank you for the tips :)

      • allthingsboys says:

        I don’t think it matters what the format is that you take them in or the camera you use. You just have to be sure that the subject doesn’t move, and your camera doesn’t move, and that you can use manual focus.

      • andy1076 says:

        mmmm! now I really gotta try this out :D

      • Let me know what you think. I wanna say they had a trial for 30 days, with full functionality of the software, which was pretty cool. I tried it out first before I bought.

  2. My favorite photo is the last one, lovely fall colors.

  3. jmgoyder says:

    Makes me miss your kind of autumn!

  4. Exceptional images all of them, Arnel! The carnation next to the rocks and the chrysanthemum next to those fall colors in Nelson Rocks are sheer perfection! :-)

    • Thank you Marina! I love the intense colors of fall. I was a little disappointed that we were before the reds became intense–that’s the best time to see fall foliage. But it was still beautiful.

  5. Lynne Ayers says:

    As always, glorious shots – i especially like the 4th shot.

    • Thanks Lynne! The fourth shot is a composite of many images (44 I think) to get everything in focus. I like doing those occasionally, but they are too time consuming to spend much time on them.

  6. Lynne Ayers says:

    I did not know this – now I’m even more impressed with your work.

    • Aw shucks! The hardest part is figuring out what angle to take from! Once you do, you switch to manual focus, and focus on one side, and snap a pic, then turn the focus knob slightly and snap another until you’ve taken a photo focusing from front to back. Then you load it into the stacker software, and Bob’s your uncle! It’s kinda fun for larger flowers that you can’t get the whole thing in focus. The only problem with them is, they have to be super still, so it doesn’t work really with outside photos unless there is absolutely no breeze. Even vibration from releasing the shutter will mess it up, so you can’t have your flower and camera on the same surface either, unless it is the ground. I found this out the hard way when I tried to set my camera and flower both on the dining room table. :-)

      • Lynne Ayers says:

        Amazing that the even the table transfers the vibration. Have you taken courses Arnel or are you self taught?

      • I am self taught. I took photography in high school, so I know my way around a darkroom. When I was working in genetics, we took pictures of every patients chromosomes, and then developed them in the darkroom. So that is the extent of my teaching. Everything else I’ve just obsessed about knowing. I see pictures I like, and read about them, and how they got them. Some of the stuff requires such expensive tools though. Like panoramic photos. I’d like to figure that out, but near as I can tell, either you have to spend quite a lot of money for stitching software, or you do without. I haven’t quite given up yet on that though. Still in the research phase.
        What about you? Are you a natural born artist, or have you had formal training? I’ve always been envious of people who could paint/draw. I can’t draw a straight line or a picture to save my life. I’d just as soon let the camera do it for me, although I appreciate art/artists greatly. And your paintings are amazing!

  7. Lynne Ayers says:

    Like you – high school art classes are the sum of my instruction. Over the intervening years I would pick up a pencil and do some sketching – something I have not really attempted in watercolours. My father suggested I try watercolours but at that point in my life I was a single mother of 3 teenage daughters living in a small townhouse and working full time so it wasn’t going to happen. But, as in all things, time and temperament eventually merged – a friend said she had taken 3 lessons and would I like her to show me what she knew. And then I was hooked. The rest is all trial and a lot of error. I do hope Dad looks down and smiles. I often think of him as I paint And thank you for your encouraging words on my paintings.

    • Ah… Sounds like an evolution, to be sure. I don’t remember being so in tune with photography in high school, though I did really like it. But it wasn’t for me then as it is now. Now it feels like something that has always been a part of me. Then, it was just a hobby. I’m sure your dad is smiling on you. How could he not, as you paintings are really quite wonderful!

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