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Zinnia "Zowie"

Posted by
Anita (West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States) on 16 July 2008 in Plant & Nature.

Annual from my garden. Taken indoors on white stock paper, natural light, tripod.

KONICA MINOLTA MAXXUM 5D 16/5 second F/18.0 ISO 100 100 mm


I have been INTERVIEWED three times by photo-buddies:
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António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

Your photoblog is an encyclopedia of flowers and your garden shall be a living museum.

16 Jul 2008 9:16am

@António Pires: Thank you for your wonderful words! I do love flowers.

Betty from New Jersey, United States

Your love of flowers is obvious from your photographs, Anita. Very well done! Gorgeous color in this zinnia.

16 Jul 2008 10:14am

Paul Michko from United States

Spectacular display, Anita. Great still life composition.

16 Jul 2008 10:15am

Eric Fry from Houston, TX, United States

That is a very nice composition, and a gorgeous flower. I notice you used a small aperture and a 3 second exposure, was the lighting just coming through the glass or were there some sort of shades on the windows?

16 Jul 2008 10:24am

@Eric Fry: Eric:
Thank you for visiting and your encouraging comment.
To answer your question: The light was coming in just through the window, no shades. I can't remember the time I took the photo, and for some reason my exif info in PS7 does not show it. It was probably late afternoon on a slightly overcast day, using an east facing window. Hope this helps.

Marcie from United States

Amazing color!!! Love the simplicity..and the contrasting incredible contrasting colors.

16 Jul 2008 12:22pm

David from Bryn Mawr, PA, United States

This made me think of a detail from an expertly painted porcelain design. Super effect. Neat to see you turn to white in contrast to the recent run of black backgrounds.

16 Jul 2008 12:57pm

@David: Thanks, David. White backgrounds are more difficult to work with than black. It is difficult to get them to be trully white. YOu may notice some blue in this one.

Chris from South Jersey, United States

The colors in the flower really pop against the white background, and the detail is (of course) fantastic. Great composition.....

16 Jul 2008 1:46pm

mary from United States

lovely colors and composition. :)

16 Jul 2008 2:10pm

Koushiro from Singapore, Singapore

Really nice colours! The white background makes for an interesting contrast too!

16 Jul 2008 2:26pm

mary from exton, United States

nice image!!!

16 Jul 2008 7:26pm

Mandy Provan from Johannesburg, South Africa

Great series Anita (I worked it the wrong way round...but you still get the great effect! :) )I like the use of the white background here it really shows up the yellows and oranges beautifully, makes them jump out at you.

18 Jul 2008 5:48pm

@Mandy Provan: Thanks, Mandy. I'm glad you visited my photoblog and made some lovely comments. "-)

Anne Remley from Ann Arbor, United States

I love your lilies and your flower photos with a black background or vague green or blue background because to my eye they look like "nature." We see the flower as at night or when focused on visually in the daytime when the green or blueish background gives the effect of the flower in something of its natural milieu. So for me, the use of white, though it gives stunning colors, is less satisfying--speaks less to my heart.

19 Jul 2008 11:47pm

16/5 second
ISO 100
100 mm