Monday, December 14, 2009

Red Gerbera Daisy

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Happy Ruby Tuesday everyone, and Happy Hannukah to all who are celebrating.
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Hmmm... Now that this is up I don't like it at all. It looks squished. Bah humbug. The center looks right but the petals are all wrong. It didn't look that way when I was working on it. I was a lot happier with yesterday's flower. Grrr...
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34 comments:

Dina said...

Squished? Tafsiki, it is beautiful.
Your bud photo is lovely too.

maryt/theteach said...

I had an intake of breathe when I saw this gorgeous RED daisy, Robin! I looked at yesterday's flower and it's exquisite too! Your work on these flowers is beautiful! Happy Ruby Tuesday! :)

Your EG Tour Guide said...

The colour is striking. I guess it's a gerbera daisy so a little squished...but I can still tell what it is. ;-)

ilanadavita said...

Beautiful bright red enhanced by the dark background, well-done!

toby said...

Definitely stunning! And not at all squished :)

Yaelian said...

Great picture Robin:-) I love gerberas!

Daryl said...

Exquisite!

Fifi Flowers said...

J'adore Gerberas... FAB photo!!!

Mojo said...

Lemme guess, this is one you took with the borrowed macro filters, yeah? The thing about those? You go from a really short depth of field to ridiculously short depth of field given the same lens. I would suggest stopping down at least 3 stops from where you metered your exposure (adjusting the shutter accordingly obviously) so that you don't lose the background completely. So if you metered at, say, f/2.8 you'd stop down to f/6.3, slowing your shutter the same 3 stops to keep the exposure (which is dead nuts IMO) the same.

Truly it's not as bad as you think it is. There's a lot to love about it in fact -- especially the lighting. But if you're unhappy with the way the petals came out, try incrementally squeezing the aperture down checking the results as you go.

Macro filters are tricky beasts, especially in low light when your camera wants to open that lens up as far as it will go in "P"rogram mode.

Manang Kim said...

It is stunning! Thanks for sharing!

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Ralph said...

Nobody cares about the arrangement of pixels. We enjoy this scarlet flower, the shape and lovely details like this array of pistils in the middle. This is a beautiful capture!

Tammy said...

I think it looks gorgeous!

eileeninmd said...

It does not look squished. I love the Gerberas, gorgeous color.

eden said...

I love gerbera daisies. That is a great shot Robin. Love it.

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Marites said...

oh, it's pretty! it's a beautiful shot!

Mommy, I'm Home said...

Oh, I think it's beautiful!

Felisol said...

I plainly enjoy the sight of the red gerbera.
In a decade or so I may be able to say something wise about it as well.
Now: It's a beauty to be studied for a long time.
Happy Hanukkah to you.
From Felisol

Carolyn Ford said...

Well...if it's any consolation, I like this flower very much. What a beautiful vibrant red! Lovely post!

Leora said...

Hmmm... I read Mojo's comment twice. It's truly a lovely shade of red, so if you get another one of these, keep taking lots of photos at different, um, f stops? apertures? And then tell us what you did.

Dianne said...

I love it.

It feels as though the flower is peeking at me, slowly revealing how lovely it is

and the color is awesome

The Cunning Runt said...

I like the way some macros fade away, leaving one with the sense of being eye-to-eye with the subject, with the surround disappearing into a haze. This is a splendid example of that effect!

Rinkly Rimes said...

It looks really warm. I feel I could boil a kettle on your flower!

Happily Retired Gal said...

I see why you like yesterday's flower ... it's lovely indeed, but I like your red Gerbera daisy too!
Hugs and blessings,

Jama said...

Fabulous shot of the striking red gerbera.

EastCoastLife said...

Stunning red! I like the shot of the center though.

Robin said...

Actually Mojo, I * wanted * to lose the background completely - this was shot against a solid black cloth bought expressly for that purpose :). The main problem was the lack of light that day that forced me to bump my ISO all the way up. Probably would have been better off pulling the tripod out sooner and going for a superlong exposure at a slightly smaller aperture, and tried your gooseneck lamp trick too (my photog friend recommends using halogen or other "cool" bulbs so as not to conflict with the daylight and drive the white balance sensors insane). I don't mind the blurriness of the petals so much as the fact that they somehow became distorted and now look flattened on top - I'd always intended for the center of the flower to be the main focus. It's all part of the learning process though. Next time I'll get a little bit closer to what I want, and the time after that a bit closer still.

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chubskulit said...

Great job taking the shot.

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Marice said...

wow thats lovely! I havent appreciate daisy thAt much til now :)

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Auntie E said...

I like the fuzziness in the middle.
Happy Chanukah to you.

Mimi said...

I like it, Robin. I think it looks as though it's peeping over a parapet.
But I'm only a "point and shoot" kinda gal.

Paz said...

Oh! Purty in red!

Paz

dragonfly Lady said...

I love gerber daisies too.. love the red very christamassy!

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