Thursday, May 9, 2013

Friday's Favourite - Personal Photo Challenge

It's a busy time this weekend with dividing perennials for the garden club sale, moving things around in the garden and Mother's Day on Sunday.  Therefore, I've rolled my own Friday's Favourite into this month's Personal Photo Challenge and am linking with Tracie's Garden Party.
The tulips have started blooming and I was apprehensive about them after last year when we had an extremely warm spell in March which resulted in foliage but hardly any flowers.  And then there's the bunnies that nibble them back so I'm really excited to finally see flowers on what I believe is 'Indian Summer', a triumph hybrid blooming in the backyard.
I used my 60 mm macro lens on manual and do find I can get better focus to what I want than with the AF. (thanks to the 'photographing flowers' tutorials supplied by Donna)
I had to show the wonderful inside of the tulip and tried many times to capture it, thank heavens for digital cameras.  
These are the tiny blue forget-me-not-like starry flowers of brunnera 'Jack Frost'; a hint of the silvery leaves are in the background.  
The Personal Photo Challenge is hosted by Donna from Cottage Days and Journeys here and there is a link button on my sidebar.  Donna has asked us to invite our fellow bloggers to follow the blog and participate in the challenge too.
Tracie at Fishtail Cottage hosts a weekly Garden Party where we can show off what's blooming, or anything else garden related.
Thank you to my two hosts, I hope you'll join us.

32 comments:

  1. I am delighted to see such lovely pictures of some of your flowers, Judith.

    I think you nailed the manual focus - I have yet to be able to, quite.

    Well done, ma'am - have a wonderful weekend ahead.

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  2. I'd like to be a better photographer, so I'll think about this.
    Our tulips usually last weeks, but with the unusual warm spell we've had they are wilting rather quickly.

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  3. Love the tulip ... wonderful color and Jack Frost is a lovely blue. Well done!

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  4. Oh I am going to miss the Personal Photo Challenge because of my self-restricted posting schedule, but I am going to go there and read about taking photos of flowers based on your beautiful results right here. Just wonderful!

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  5. What a beautiful color the tupil is. You got it right!

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  6. Gorgeous photos, and that tulip's coloration (is that the right word?) is amazing! I am planning to get a new digital SLR camera for the very reason that I want to take more manual-focus photos (flowers, teacups, people, whatever), so thanks for confirming that thought!

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  7. Beautiful photos, Judith! I adore tulips and yours is very pretty. I planted a brunnera last year and it's come up but hasn't bloomed yet.
    Hugs, Beth

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  8. Beautiful photos Judith. I'm glad the tulips survived and bloomed before the bunnies had them for lunch. ;)

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  9. I love that color tulip! It is a stunning photograph of the inside as well... ahh to be off AF on our digital cameras... whole different world! :D
    Hugs,
    Beth P

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  10. Beautiful photos! I still have trouble with manual focus. Don't trust my eyes, I guess.

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  11. Those came out lovely! Great eye!

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  12. Fabulous...love the inside of the tulip and those sweet forget-me-nots!!

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  13. Your photos are lovely, Love Tulips. I recently went to the Tulip Festival in Seattle Washington, it was amazing. I did a post on it a few weeks ago. Thanks for stopping by and for you nice comments. I suppose I should consider watermarking my photos. Have a wonderful weekend.
    Mary

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  14. Oh my gosh, I am so very proud of you! These are beautiful photos, and the colors are exquisite. I'm so happy that you learned that manual focus is much better for those macro shots than automatic focus. It lets YOU take control. And yes, the beauty of digital is that you can take several shots, focusing on various parts of the flower or using different f-stop settings, and then you can see which ones give you the best results.

    Your depth of field is wonderfully controlled in all of these shots. And I especially love the second one because it shows the glorious patterns that are hidden inside - the part that many photographers forget about. I know you had to work extra hard to get that shot the way you wanted it! An advanced technique is to composite several photos together, all with different depths of field, and then apply masking on the various layers. One of these days, I'm going to try that technique, but so far I haven't wanted to go through that much work, LOL.

    I am particularly glad that you were able to participate in this specific challenge, and I know you will take the time to visit the other participants. You're going to be able to take what you learned and further elevate your flower photography skills!

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  15. You took such amazing close ups! Happy Mother's Day my friend! Enjoy your weekend!

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  16. I so love your macro shots! They are beautiful!

    Mary, MI

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  17. How PRETTY, Judith!! I can almost smell them from here. LOL

    I adore the blue color on your brunnera 'Jack Frost'. Would love to have a dress that shade...in fact, I DID...I remember I wore it the night before DH & I were married. *sigh*

    I'm finally home & catching up with my favorite bloggers.
    Thanks for stopping by earlier.

    Hugs,
    Rett

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  18. Hi Judith,

    The 'bird's eye view' shot of the tulip is magical! How intricate and delicate flowers are!

    Poppy

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  19. The forget me nots are just beautiful!

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  20. Great shots! It is always fun to push oneself to do better.

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  21. I always enjoy your posts! Regarding the brunnera, I can't keep them going for too long before they revert, however, I do have the plain green foliaged ones with the same gorgeous blooms that seed about in a nuber of shady areas and I absolutely love them... the texture and form are amazing all summer long and the spring blooms are lovely... Larry

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  22. Very pretty blooms. The Tulip especially is a wonderful one. Your photos are great.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  23. You have done such a Beautiful job on all these shots!
    I Love the colors and sharpness of each...
    Enjoy the day!

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  24. I love the colors of the tulip - so vivid and full of life! But the brunnera...that photo is dreamy, just simply lovely!

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  25. Love the forget me nots!! I find focusing the 60mm is almost a game you play with the lens. Tricky.

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  26. So glad the pesky bunnies left you some tulips. A gun is much needed to keep them away from ones garden I firmly believe. SMILE

    Love your photos of the tulips and forget me knots and thank you for sharing what lens and setting you used.

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  27. I love your shot of the forget-me-nots. I use a 60mm macro lens too.

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  28. I love these tulip shots and I'm really attracted to the blue forget-me-nots. These are wonderful captures! And thanks for the link to the "garden party" too!

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  29. Love the photos of your wonderful blooms...such lovely colors, my favorites!
    From a late starter for the challenge this weekend!

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  30. Beautiful, Beautiful!!

    I'm sorry to be late but my satellite internet was acting ugly yesterday and wouldn't let me on!

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  31. OMG your flower photos are stunning Judith!!
    I love 'little' things so the jack Frost forget-me-not really appeals to me - your photo really does it justice!
    i was a few minutes too late to catch the linky this month - how did I forget?? I was working last week and i didn't keep track of my diary as I should have!!!
    Shane ♥

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