Spring beauty (Claytonia virginica)

Discussion in 'Macro, Flowers, Insects, and Greenery' started by Bob Coutant, Apr 24, 2007.

  1. Bob Coutant

    Bob Coutant Moderator Moderator

    May 17, 2005
    Pleasantville Ohio
    I don't see many of these aptly named wildflowers posted here, but there are patches everywhere in my fields and woods (and even the lawn) this week. With flowers that range from nearly pure white to nearly all red, these little beauties tell me that it's almost time to start chasing butterflies:smile: .

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  2. Assume you had no sun to speak of. I'd be happy with those. Having just acquired a macro lens, I am in the 1st grade here. I am guessing that DOF is a non-corrective problem when shooting closeup. I am still trying to figure this issue out.
     
  3. Gale

    Gale

    978
    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Those are beautiful
     
  4. tojor

    tojor

    Jul 27, 2005
    Denmark
    Beautiful shot.
     
  5. Roosje

    Roosje

    828
    May 25, 2005
    The Netherlands
    Very pretty flowers, lovely shot. It is as if someone drew lines on them with a crayon :smile:
     
  6. Bob Coutant

    Bob Coutant Moderator Moderator

    May 17, 2005
    Pleasantville Ohio
    Right -- DOF is determined by a combination of focal length, aperture, and range. With closeups like this one taken with the 300 f/4, there just isn't much DOF to play with. The trick is to take advantage of the DOF in your composition -- my problem lies in not deciding exactly what I want before I take the shot:redface: (and then sticking with it).

    Gale and Torben -- thanks for looking and commenting.
     
  7. very nice Bob!
     
  8. Very nice, Bob. I love the composition of this, and the foreground bud adds to the whole effect.
     
  9. Bob Coutant

    Bob Coutant Moderator Moderator

    May 17, 2005
    Pleasantville Ohio
    Thanks Roosje -- there is a lot of natural variability in the markings on these flowers. With some, you have to look very closely to see any color at all in the petals. I chose this group because the intensity of color was more than that of most other flowers in the area. I hadn't thought of it, but you're right -- it does look like a crayon job:biggrin: .
     
  10. Bob Coutant

    Bob Coutant Moderator Moderator

    May 17, 2005
    Pleasantville Ohio
    Thanks Dave and Sandi.

    Sandi, I didn't want to disturb that bud before the shot and I had thought I might clone it out afterward. However, when I saw the photo, I decided that I liked it too much to take it out:smile: .
     
  11. Very nice Bob!! They are truly beauties.
     
  12. Bob Coutant

    Bob Coutant Moderator Moderator

    May 17, 2005
    Pleasantville Ohio
    Thanks Tom. I'm glad I got these -- the storms forecast for the next couple of days will certainly inhibit any additional ones:frown: .

    BTW, I found some more very healthy looking trillium, but still don't have any shots of open flowers.
     
  13. RMOPHOTO

    RMOPHOTO Guest

    Beautiful

    Nice pictures Bob, I like the contrast between the background and the flowers, the colors and composition are super.
     
  14. Indeed a beautiful and delicate flower, well captured.

    Cheers
     
  15. Bob Coutant

    Bob Coutant Moderator Moderator

    May 17, 2005
    Pleasantville Ohio
    Thanks Ramon. Sometimes, I feel I have to separate subject and background in PP, but this one seemed to be just fine as is. It probably helped that I waited for a small cloud to block the direct sunlight.

    Thanks Harry -- there was a tiny wasp hanging around, but I never "caught" it.
     
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