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Dutchman's-Breeches (Dicentra cucullaria)

Posted by
Anita (West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States) on 8 April 2008 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Another early spring wildflower growing in the woods. These little waxy flowers remind me of a dear friend, an "adopted aunt," who nurtured me and the early stages of my relationship with the man who is now my husband. She passed last year.

MANY, MANY THANKS for all the WONDERFUL COMMENTS on my last image.


Does it look like it is falling over? Maybe I should straighten it out a bit.

KONICA MINOLTA MAXXUM 5D 1/125 second F/7.1 ISO 800 100 mm


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Paul Michko from Exton, United States

Stunning detail, Anita. Great composition.

8 Apr 2008 10:13am

Kerri from Blacksburg, United States

A Fabulous Capture Anita! Glad they bring back lovely memories for you!

8 Apr 2008 10:18am

@Kerri: Thanks!

Laurie from New Jersey, United States

The delicate details and the tones are beautiful.

8 Apr 2008 10:20am

@Laurie: Thanks. Yes, I was pleased with the tones.

sangram from Mumbai, India

nice soft image.. good composition

8 Apr 2008 11:05am

@sangram: Thank you for visiting my photoblog and for your kind comment!

sandra gomes from Macao

Waht can i say...love all your flower's photos. They are very delicate, with good angles...etc, etc..


8 Apr 2008 11:46am

@sandra gomes: I'm delighted you like them!

timothy sullivan from tokyo, Japan

wow, beautiful-- excellent DoF and centering/line!

8 Apr 2008 12:41pm

@timothy sullivan: Thank you!

GJC from Kyoto, Japan

These have all been superb, largely because you've chosen interesting compositions and used DOF effectively to create a canvas of color that highlights the flower you've chosen. I like this one especially, and the kind sentiments it brings to your mind.

8 Apr 2008 1:15pm

@GJC: Thank you. I failed to say that this "aunt" was the person who first showed me Dutchman's Breeches!

Chris from South Jersey, United States

Wonderful macro - the detail and colors are just amazing (no I don't think you need to straighten the image - it looks perfect to me). How do you get your macros so clear (if you don't mind me asking) - mine always seem out of focus....

8 Apr 2008 2:05pm

@Chris: Thanks for your comments, Chris.
I think there are several factors that go into getting my macros relatively clear. 1) Getting sharp images is something I'm consciously working on, so I practice and practice. 2) I use a tripod. This allows me to frame the image just as I want. More importantly, it allows me to use a slow shutter speed (which I could not hand hold) and thus an f stop that provides enough depth of field to get most of the flower in focus, or, the part I want to be in focus. 3) Once set up, I take about 5 - 10 exposures at different f stops (from 3.2 to f22), and the accompanying different shutter speeds. I suppose an experienced photographer would know what f stops to use, but, since I'm just learning, I have to experiment. I don't know what worked until I see the photos on the computer monitor. 4) I use manual focus.
Thanks for asking! Let me know if my answer was clear or not.

Mike from Chester, United Kingdom

A very good soft focus and colorful shot, great dof, a superb image.

8 Apr 2008 3:24pm

@Mike: Thank you. I'm getting better with dof.

Sandrine from Cincinnati, United States

Lovely shot!

8 Apr 2008 3:59pm

@Sandrine: Glad you like it :-)

Ron from Saint Louis, United States

A real beauty, Anita ... the soft colors and tack sharp focus are only exceeded by your composition ... perfecto!

8 Apr 2008 4:38pm

@Ron: Thank you for such high praise. :-)

standley from brou-sur-chantereine, France

Wonderful and delicate composition. I like the subtle colours!

8 Apr 2008 7:49pm

@standley: Thank you so very much!

Scarlet from The Hague, Netherlands

Such lovely subdued colors. Very fragile looking and beautiful captured.

8 Apr 2008 8:43pm

@Scarlet: Thank you.

Monte Stevens from Fort Collins, United States

Another one well done! I'm enjoying your work and feel I'm learning from you. Show us more! Wonderful words and from uour heart!

8 Apr 2008 9:02pm

@Monte Stevens: Thank you. I'm thrilled to think my work might help others.

Suzanne Labbé from Granby, Canada

Amazing shot. Bravo Anita.

8 Apr 2008 11:08pm

@Suzanne Labbé: Thank you.

Earnest from Oklahoma, United States

That's a great pic of a neat wildflower... I've not seen that one before!

9 Apr 2008 12:24am

@Earnest: It's related to bleeding heart, and the leaves look the same.

Betty from New Jersey, United States

Lovely colors, a beutiful shot! Nice work.

9 Apr 2008 9:58am

@Betty: Thanks!

zecarlos from Lisbpa, Portugal

Lovely shot!

11 Apr 2008 10:32pm

@zecarlos: Thank you!

Diane - Daily Walks from SF Bay Area, United States

Hi Anita... I'm sitting here going through your images via your portfolio section. Wow... your flower images are just superb! This one in particular I find exceptional.

5 Jun 2008 2:04pm

1/125 second
ISO 800
100 mm