Floral Friday 9.21.12

The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible.
Arthur C. Clarke

Chicory Blossom

White Duck

White Cosmos

Cosmos in the Wind

Pink Cosmos

Yellow Roadside Flowers, Greenspring, VA


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32 Responses to Floral Friday 9.21.12

  1. Wonderful shots Arnel, and that duck is simply amazing!

  2. Pat Bailey says:

    I love your Floral Friday posts. Do you mind if I do a Floral Friday, Too and link back to yours, Arnel?

  3. faithfulnibbles says:

    Love your photos!

  4. Dounia says:

    These are beautiful! My favorite is the cosmos in the wind – they look so wild and free! The duck is adorable too 🙂

    Also, I was wondering what camera you use? I’m looking to purchase a new camera, and any advice or suggestions are very welcome!

    Thanks for these lovely Friday photos and have a wonderful weekend!

    • Hey Dounia! Thanks! I am now using a Canon 5D Mark III with a 100mm Macro, that I got in August. Before that all my pics, except the Scotland pics (Which I used a Sony point and shoot with Panorama capability) I had a Nikon D50. The Nikon D50 was only 6MP though, and I wanted something that would allow me to do large prints. The MarkIII might have been overkill, I’m not sure yet, but it does take really nice photos, and has an amazing sensor that produces shots with very little noise even at high ISO. I’m still experimenting with it a lot. I used the canon for about 6 years, and I loved it, especially the lens I had with it, but it had some limitations that I did not like. I also use lightroom 4 to tweak photos, and I highly recommend it. It’s not the big outlay in money that Photoshop is, but gives you the ability to remove noise and sharpen, as well as crop, and do a few creative things, like applying filters and merging two or three photos together for exposure blending. It’s very simple to use, and although I tend to like photos as they come out of the camera (and not a lot of HDR processing), it’s nice to be able to remove a spot that ruins an otherwise good photo, or increase or decrease exposure by small increments. Just remember the bulk of your money should go into the lens, and the camera is secondary. What are you using now, and what are you leaning towards?

      • Dounia says:

        Thanks so much for such an informative and helpful response – I really appreciate, especially since I’m completely new to the world of DSLRs! I would be purchasing my first dslr, as I currently use a simple compact, but I’ve been really wanting to get something a few steps up and do more with my photography. The cameras you mentioned seem great, but I think they may be a few levels above what I’m ready for! But all your advice and comments on the cameras, as well as on what computer programs to use is really helpful.

        I was obviously looking at Nikons and Canons, and I think I might be leaning more towards Nikon, but I’ve still got a lot of reading up and thinking to do! Whenever I make my final decision I’ll definitely let you know what I end up purchasing!

        Thanks again for all your help and I hope you have a great week!

      • So glad to be of help. Nikon is a great line, and I LOVED my Nikon D50. I wanted to go to full format though, and liked the canon option better. I think it’s just what you are comfortable with. Another suggestion. You can rent the camera you narrow it down to to see how you like it. That’s what I did before I chose. I used lensrentals.com, but there are a couple of others that are good as well. At least you can try before you buy, and then have a good idea what you are getting, and if it feels good in your hands. Let me know!

      • Dounia says:

        Thanks for that suggestion of renting them first – I never would have thought that was an option and that could definitely be a lot of help to narrow down my choice. I’ll make sure to check out the site you sent me and see how to go from there. Thanks again for all your help! 🙂

      • My pleasure! Have fun and keep me posted!

    • I said I used the canon for 6 years–I meant the Nikon.

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  6. These are beautiful! I am crazy for cosmos!! Too funny. I was actually in Home Depot’s gardening centre and I asked the employee if they had any Cosmos. She replied, ” I think they have Woman’s Day inside the store.” Hahaha. Yup. I’m in the garden centre cuz I want an issue of Cosmo!! lol.

  7. Beautiful as usual…I am constantly still in awe of nature’s wondrous beauty…Diane

  8. robincoyle says:

    I love how you threw in the duck!

  9. That white duck is beautiful!

  10. Madhu says:

    Love your macro photography! The cosmos in the wind is spectacular!

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