Friday, May 9, 2014

May Photo Challenge - Colour

I've been working in the garden the last couple of days and although there isn't a lot of colour yet, I wanted to share my favourite flower right now.
The marsh marigolds in the pond glow on an overcast day so I put my macro lens on the Canon 40D and other than tweaking the contrast a bit and cropping out the waterfall rocks, you can see how these flowers are easily seen from a distance.
My favourite watering can at the ready with a rose that provides a nice gentle spray of water.
My neon art work. :-) This photo is a few years old and I honestly don't have the ability to make the background black as it is and don't know what I did. It was taken with my Canon 40D in the evening with an ISO of 400 and f 5.6. Perhaps Donna can explain how this turned out the way it did?
I'm linking with Donna from Cottage Days and Journeys for the photo challenge here.

33 comments:

Chris Loehmer Kincaid said...

Great pictures. I just love the water can - that blue is so vivid.

ellen b. said...

Hello Judith! Glad you have been able to work in the garden. Your colorful shots are great. Have a wonderful weekend.

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Great photo! I love the last one!

Debby Ray said...

Judith...these are gorgeous! The last one is amazing!

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

I always look forward to your photo challenge shots Judith!
Wonderful focus with the wild marigolds and the caterpillar pic is stunning - I hope Donna can give us feedback as to how you did it!!!!

I've made up a photography file where I put all the tips I pick up - it's a great reference!

Vee said...

That last photo is striking! I wonder if Donna will know. Wonderful variety of color, subject, and texture.

Egléa Senna said...

O amarelo e o azul são vibrantes mas, a lagarta fosforescente é genial!
Gostei muito!
Um abraço!
The yellow and blue are vibrant but the caterpillar phosphor is genius!
Enjoyed!
Hugs!

Pamela Gordon said...

Great choices for colour. I really love the third 'mystery' photo of the caterpillar. I think I did a photo like that once with the dark background and haven't a clue how I did it. :) Your's is very artistic. Have a great weekend Judith.

Jeanne said...

Well done! Great water can.

Nancy Vance said...

Great photos! The watering can is a wonderful one: so simple, yet full of life with all that blue. And the last one, what a looker! It could almost be computer art, but you've done it with your camera. Glorious!

Cristal @ Dapple Design said...

Those marsh marigolds are stunningly yellow, and so beautifully photographed. I'm also interested to hear Donna's take on that last photo with the black background. Very interesting.
Happy weekend, Judith.

BeachGypsy said...

pretty yellow flowers!! So springy! The dainty figurine in your previous post is just lovely also!!

Sunray Gardens said...

Like you I am not getting a lot either. We went from snow to the mid 80's and have already seen some burn up. This has just been an awful Spring here. Hoping yours starts getting better soon.
Cher Sunray Gardens

Cindy said...

Hi Judith,
Sometimes I get a photo that just jumps out and surprises me also. This is a lovely shot. My water lilies haven't made it out of the water yet, nothing much to report on as our snow just left our backyard only a week and few days ago, our Spring is so far behind. Love the water can.

Cheryl said...

Your photos are beautiful...color abounds! The caterpillar shot is amazing!

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Your photos are stunning, Judith.

Happy Mother's Day weekend to you.
Hugs.

Tomoko said...

Hi, Judith,
Your blue watering can is so lovely.
I believe it makes your gardening fun. The photo of the caterpillar is amazing!!
Have a happy weekend!

Montanagirl said...

Super photos! That last one definitely wins a prize!!

Angela said...

The caterpillar is fantastic! and the marsh marigolds do stand out!

Linda H said...

Love all your shots Judith! The Marsh Marigolds and the blue watering can are so vivid- beautiful! And that last shot of the caterpillar is very dramatic with the black background. I have taken a few shots and ended up with black backgrounds too and wondered "How the heck did I do that?"

Diane said...

Love the marsh marigolds. What a beautiful color!

TexWisGirl said...

great set of color - and contrast!

Lorrie said...

Love the bright sunny yellow of the marsh marigolds. The caterpillar photo is really stunning - I'm curious as to how you achieved that, too.

EG CameraGirl said...

Love those marsh marigolds!

My name is Riet said...

Great sunny photo's Judith. The yellow and blue are so bright. Very pretty. Have a nice Sunday

eileeninmd said...

Judith, I love your pretty and bright Marigolds.. And the blue watering can is colorful.. Great choices for your challenge.. Wishing you a HAPPY Mother's day and week ahead!

Donna said...

These are terrific! Love the first macro shot. Yellow is one of those colors that always "pop" in the landscape. Your watering can is cute! I have a blue one too, but it has gotten so bleached by the sun over the years that it is now pretty much a grey color, LOL. And wowsers on the last photo! There must have been a high dynamic range in the scene (lots of light on the subject and virtually none in the background), and the exposure was set for the subject. I use exposure compensation in those situations, usually. I love the graphic effect! Great job on the challenge, as always.

podso said...

Judith I saw your pics earlier but did not have a chance to comment. Such a lovely daffodil and I like your bright blue watering can--great color shot. Ours is a dull, sun bleached green. :-) And the last shot is a stunner!

Donna said...

Wonderful colors...here it is blue with the grape hyacinths, squill and forget-me-nots.

Ida said...

Lots of great color here and may I just say that last shot is totally amazing and so beautiful.

A Garden of Threads said...

Your photography is getting great Judith. Love the marsh marigolds.

Diane said...

Lovely photos Judith. That's what I love the most about people's blogs - is looking at the wonderful pictures and your blog never disappoints me. ;)

Cheers, Diane

Angela McRae said...

I've never heard of marsh marigolds but they are lovely ... And how fun that your caterpillar photo has an accidentally-perfect black background!

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