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White Hydrangea

Posted by
Anita (West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States) on 28 July 2009 in Plant & Nature.

Taken at Longwood Gardens a couple of weeks ago. Outdoors, natural light, macro lens, tripod.

NIKON D300 1/1250 second F/4.0 ISO 200 105 mm


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Dulcie from Danville, United States

How smart to take just one section of flower. It is very lovely.
When you describe how you take your images you always mention that nasty word: tripod. No wonder your photos are so flawless. I have to force myself to use mine...I MUST take inspiration from you.!

28 Jul 2009 5:45am

@Dulcie: Dulcie: Re. tripods--they really are essential for macro work, though photographers with steady hands can take amazing macros hand-held. Maybe I have written this before, but the key for me was getting a lightweight tripod. Mine was on the inexpensive side (see "about").

Tomas Turecek from Czech Republic

This is very nice Anita. It's interesting that even though the flower details are cut in the top left corner it's not distracting at all. What I find a bit distracting is the big negative space on the right side if the image. Maybe a square format would work he pretty well.

28 Jul 2009 7:35am

Marilla from Turku, Finland

I have a little bush growing in my backyard and it has blossoms just like this. It's one of the big Hydrangea-family. Really beautiful photo!

28 Jul 2009 8:07am

GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

Very elegant, as always.

28 Jul 2009 8:46am

Paul Michko from Exton, United States

Simply beautiful, Anita.

28 Jul 2009 9:11am

ClaudiaBCN from Barcelona, Andorra

wonderful macro shot Anita !

28 Jul 2009 10:34am

@ClaudiaBCN: Thank you for visiting and commenting!!

Thomas from Bangalore, India

The spotless white against the green backdrop is awesome

28 Jul 2009 11:47am

Laurie from New Jersey, United States

Lovely purity. The focus on the tiny bloom is perfect.

28 Jul 2009 12:44pm

Eleftheria from Athens, Greece


28 Jul 2009 2:21pm

@Eleftheria: thanks

"...م.ر.گ..."...M.R.G..." from Tehran, Iran

very soft and pretty

28 Jul 2009 6:12pm

@"...م.ر.گ..."...M.R.G...": Thanks.

Dawn from Maryland, United States

Beautiful shot!!

28 Jul 2009 7:45pm

John Maslowski from Dallas, PA, United States

Lovely image Anita, like the lighting and softness. Beautiful work!

29 Jul 2009 2:19am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

So dainty the way this one little pure flower comes to the fore . .

29 Jul 2009 4:34am

Barbara Kile from Ft. Worth, United States

Simple, yet so beautiful. Wonderful and creative composition.

29 Jul 2009 5:13am

Koushiro~光子郎 from Singapore, Singapore

Very nice shot... Although, why would you need a tripod at 1/1250s?

29 Jul 2009 8:11am

@Koushiro~光子郎: Thanks for your comment. Re. tripod: I need it because f4 on a 105mm macro lens provides a very narrow area of focus. I wanted only one specific part of the flower to be in focus. I am not steady enough to do so hand-held. Some photographers are able to take shots like this hand-held, but I'm not one of them. I'm glad you asked.

Marcie from Newton, United States

Love the diagonal composition..the balance of positive and negative space. Beautiful soft color.

29 Jul 2009 11:40am

Don from spokane, United States

I like the delicate nature of this white flower. Nicely framed too.

29 Jul 2009 7:59pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Wow! So delicate.... so elegant.... Bravo

8 Aug 2009 4:30am

hervelegerelite from putian, China

You have captured fall with the texture and color of the leaves. I've just come in for a quick break after digging up my dahlia tubers, and your photos are a treat. We have similar plants, but you have such an eye for composition and light.

6 Jan 2011 9:14am

1/1250 second
ISO 200
105 mm