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Dandelion 2

Posted by
Anita (West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States) on 28 April 2008 in Plant & Nature.


I welcome constructive critique.

KONICA MINOLTA MAXXUM 5D 1/125 second F/8.0 ISO 400 100 mm


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Marcie from United States

Absolutely stunning!
What macro lens would you recommend?

28 Apr 2008 12:02pm

@Marcie: Thanks, Marcie. I sent you a direct email. In short, I'm also in the market for a new macro lens and I'm not too happy with mine.

GJC from Kyoto, Japan

One of the (many) things I admire is that you pay such careful attention to the background, so that you always set the flowers off to advantage but without bringing attention to it. Very carefully planned and exquisitely executed.

28 Apr 2008 12:46pm

@GJC: Why thank you! Such kind words. Interesting that you should mention backgrounds as I was just thinking about that. I've been looking at the macros of some fabulous photographers, and noticing the simplicity of their backgrounds. It is something I need to continue to work on. There is room for much growth.

Earnest from Oklahoma, United States

Great, Anita... :-) I like the background too and the sharpness. Every heard of the concept of synchronicity?

28 Apr 2008 1:02pm

@Earnest: What fun. We both posted almost the same image on the same day!
I relied on synchronicity quite a bit during the 18 years of homeschooling my son, but had forgotten about it. This is a good reminder.

Chris from South Jersey, United States

Wonderful shot - the detail is amazing. You have taken a weed that many would try to kill and turned it into a thing of beauty. I guess dandelion photos are popular this time of year!!

28 Apr 2008 1:39pm

@Chris: Thanks! I suppose it is because there are so many dandelions about this time of year. :-)

Monte Stevens from Fort Collins, United States

Macro is a world of it's own! Looks like small starbursts. And, I too like the background. Beautiful!

28 Apr 2008 1:52pm

@Monte Stevens: Thanks. I'm better at taking photos of dandelions than of fireworks. :-)

David from Bryn Mawr, United States

I had a similar reaction to Monte Stevens'. The seeds appear to be light sources -- so fireworks, star clusters and the like came to mind. Interesting how the blurring on edge next drew my eye so that it was only after living with this photo for a while that I noticed the network of supports holding it all together. I have happy memories of contemplating dandelion clusters on lazy late spring days, but never experienced anything like this!

28 Apr 2008 3:05pm

Ron from Saint Louis, United States

I'm astonished by the beautiful depth and clarity of this stunning image, Anita. My favorite aspect of the image is how that buttery soft green background very subtly tints some of the dandelion cilia ... beautiful work, Anita!

28 Apr 2008 3:52pm

@Ron: Thank you so very much, Ron!

Observing from Chester, United Kingdom

This is a wonderful image, sharp and with a lovely green backdrop that blends with the 'Sugar baby' well that's what we call them in the UK. Nice one Anita.

28 Apr 2008 4:03pm

@Observing: Thanks so much. Nice to know the name by which they go in Britain.

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

I like very much macro photo; and this is a great shot!

28 Apr 2008 5:02pm

@Ana Lúcia: Thank you.

Paul Michko from Exton, PA, United States

WOW!!! This has such incredible detail, Anita. Magnificent capture.

28 Apr 2008 5:21pm

niña.kristine from New York, United States

wow! great shot! the details are impressive!

28 Apr 2008 9:15pm

Scotfot from Kabul, Afghanistan

The colours and sharpness are excellent, great macro!

28 Apr 2008 9:25pm

standley from Brou-sur-Chantereine, France

Great macro shot. I am amazed by the sharpness here!

28 Apr 2008 11:03pm

Ronnie 2¢ from London, United Kingdom

Very impressive . . the detail here is exceptional, Lucky you did not sneeze.

28 Apr 2008 11:22pm

MaryB from Staffordshire, United Kingdom

A great macro shot Anita.

29 Apr 2008 12:17am

Alun Lambert from Cheshire, United Kingdom

Very well done

29 Apr 2008 4:43am

Betty from New Jersey, United States

Wonderful dandelion shot, Anita. Excellent detail.

29 Apr 2008 10:19am

Melissa W. from Warsaw, Indiana, United States

Simply beautiful. Great detail...they almost look like shimmering little stars. Great job!

29 Apr 2008 2:11pm

susan from Ann Arbor, United States

Besides leaves, the dandelion is one of my favorite subjects. Perfectly captured!

5 May 2008 3:07am

1/125 second
ISO 400
100 mm