A nature share (CC welcome)

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coolmama72's picture
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A nature share (CC welcome)

I really want to get a couple more prints for my walls ... I'm redecorating now, and my walls look naked. We had the house painted a couple of weeks ago so I didn't hang some of the old stuff back up. Starting fresh in a lot of areas.

I have a 10x20 frame I want to use for a print but I haven't cropped anything other than the grass below (what kind is that, anyway?) for that size. Mpix has free shipping until tomorrow at midnight so I want to get an order in.

All of these are from when before my camera broke. I'm only looking at the first two for the 10x20 though, the rest are really just a share. I'm tired so I apologize for the lack of cohesion in my post here.

1. I like this one, I think ...

Exposure 0.01 sec (1/100)
Aperture f/4.5
Focal Length 30 mm
ISO Speed 800

Sep042010_0094 crop copy

Converted (resized differently)

Sep042010_0094 copy

2. I really like this one, just think it's neat. But I don't think I can crop it to the right size for that frame. Wonder if I should get it printed smaller for kicks, to see how it looks on paper.

Exposure 0.006 sec (1/160)
Aperture f/10.0
Focal Length 48 mm
ISO Speed 1600
Sep082010_0075

3. Fired the flash on this one, to see how it would turn out

Exposure 0.006 sec (1/160)
Aperture f/18.0
Focal Length 48 mm
ISO Speed 160
Sep082010_0073

4. Really like this one, and I did crop it to 10x20 ... but I think the blown areas wouldn't print right (even though the sun is supposed to be blown) ... and I don't think the setting sun works for the kitchen.

Exposure 0.002 sec (1/640)
Aperture f/14.0
Focal Length 55 mm
ISO Speed 100
Sep082010_0061 copy

5. I took a few of these shots for Amy. Lol Okay, I know what these bugs are doing ... there was two sets of them on the same thistle thing (Amy will have to remind me of what this plant really is again). Don't know what kind of bugs they are though.

Exposure 0.001 sec (1/1250)
Aperture f/3.2
Focal Length 55 mm
ISO Speed 800
Sep082010_0058

6. My neighbor has some nice roses, so I photographed them. I feel like they're mostly boring though ... I like this one

Exposure 0.005 sec (1/200)
Aperture f/2.0
Focal Length 30 mm
ISO Speed 640

Sep052010_0121 copy

7. I took a bunch of shots like this (different sized sunbursts in them) ... just love the sun through my crepe myrtle

Exposure 0.008 sec (1/125)
Aperture f/13.0
Focal Length 30 mm
ISO Speed 1250

Sep062010_0079 copy

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HI Gwen! I made it over here from FB after seeing your posts Smile I saw the grass ones on your FB earlier, and I do like the color version; maybe give it a *slight* brighten or maybe midtone boost? I believe that is a type of foxtail--either green foxtail or yellow foxtail. I haven't picked up my grass guide yet though.

I do like the teasel & sunset, #2, first version. The backlighting is sweet. I think that is Cutleaf Teasel but I'm not sure yet. It sure has great shape!

LOL @ #5, those are soldier beetles aka leatherwings, on the teasel flowerheads. They were EVERYWHERE here this year. I'd never seen so many at once, all over my Black-eyed Susan coneflowers, late in the summer.

I do love that rose shot too!

I thought of you the other day when I shot some mini sunbursts that were peeking through my now fall-colored dogwood leaves. Did you see those on my FB? So far I haven't gotten my sunbursts to be as sharp as yours are but at least I'm getting the defined rays so far...

BTW I posted my Monarch photos tonight at FB! the first Monarch emerged today! Smile and a couple new swallowtail shots too.

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Yeah, instead of going to bed, I cropped two of them. What do you think?

2a.

Sep082010_0075 crop

8. Different photo than what shared in first post

Sep082010_0071 crop

And converted ... but I'm not loving the conversion

Sep082010_0071 crop bw

And NOW I'm going to bed. Wink

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"Amy_&_Eva" wrote:

HI Gwen! I made it over here from FB after seeing your posts Smile I saw the grass ones on your FB earlier, and I do like the color version; maybe give it a *slight* brighten or maybe midtone boost? I believe that is a type of foxtail--either green foxtail or yellow foxtail. I haven't picked up my grass guide yet though.

I do like the teasel & sunset, #2, first version. The backlighting is sweet. I think that is Cutleaf Teasel but I'm not sure yet. It sure has great shape!

LOL @ #5, those are soldier beetles aka leatherwings, on the teasel flowerheads. They were EVERYWHERE here this year. I'd never seen so many at once, all over my Black-eyed Susan coneflowers, late in the summer.

I do love that rose shot too!

I thought of you the other day when I shot some mini sunbursts that were peeking through my now fall-colored dogwood leaves. Did you see those on my FB? So far I haven't gotten my sunbursts to be as sharp as yours are but at least I'm getting the defined rays so far...

BTW I posted my Monarch photos tonight at FB! the first Monarch emerged today! Smile and a couple new swallowtail shots too.

you were posting when I was posting! I just looked at your Monarch pictures (before I started cropping). LOVE them!

I really wish I could retain the plant names. at least I know where to find you for these things. Wink

and I'll have to check your sunbursts tomorrow ... I think I saw them but I'm not positive. the last thing I need is a FB distraction on my way to bed, so in the morning I'll look.

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I also have a couple other sunbursts that might be in my Sept 2010 album at my profile. I can't remember offhand where they are, but they're in there. lol

Goodnight!

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I love the first one Gwen! It's great! I totally understand the naked walls thing, but I need money to redecorate mine! Lol I have ONE pic of Randy in my house....sad huh? And only 4 that I have taken! That has me thinking!

I am a sucker for sunbursts, and you always have good ones! I posted one on my flickr that I recently took, b/c everytime I look at the sun, I think, WHERE IS MY CAMERA!!!

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I love the composition thistle shot with the sunburst! I also love the color and clarity of #8.

I like the silhouetting of #4 (blown area looks fine to me on the PC), but I'd like to see more contrast between the thistle and the dark background so that the plants "popped" more.

#6 is very pretty and a nice composition. It looks like the focus may have fallen slightly below the bloom, but I still like the shot.

Amy, you said the soldier beetles were everywhere this year. Well, after seeing #5, I think we know why! Wink

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Of the first one I like the color better than the BW. And I like 2 better than 3. The flash photo just looks like flash to me. I think it's difference between the light on the plants vs. the sky. I really like #4. I don't know how the blown spot would print, but it's very nice!

*childish moment* Ha, you caught 2 bugs doing it Lol I think I would love this one without the bugs. That is just a really neat looking plant. The last two are really nice. Of the three new ones, I like the first the best. I think being able to see the sun and the light on the plants makes it a really nice photo.

You're doing GREAT on these nature shots. Love seeing them on FB!!

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#1 in color is my absolute favorite. Soft, unassuming, pretty.