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Pink Dahlia in Vase

Posted by
Anita (West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States) on 11 August 2009 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

My Dahlias did not do well this year. i planted them too late and in too much shade. However, this one is a beauty. I brought it indoors to photograph with natural light near a window. As always, tripod and 105mm macro lens.

NIKON D300 2 seconds F/36.0 ISO 100 105 mm


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Dulcie from Danville, United States

Oh, I just sit and drink this in. It is perfection. Interesting that there is not a hint of shadow or other tone in the background. That gives a flatter look...like a pastel or watercolor. This is simply ravishing. I hope you are exhibiting your work somewhere.

11 Aug 2009 5:34am

@Dulcie: Thank you so much, Dulcie. I appreciate your comment about no shadows--I hadn't thought about that and it gives me something to experiement with. I am talking with a local coffee shop about exhibiting. They feature one artist each month. Thanks so very much for the encouragement.

Tomas Turecek from Czech Republic

This is really great, Anita! Composition, colours, lightning, background, everything matches together pretty well. Normally I don't like photos of flowers in vases but I really like this one with all the bubbles. Very good work!

11 Aug 2009 8:58am

@Tomas Turecek: Thanks. I had to put it in a vase as the stem was too short to do otherwise. It turned out well, and the bubbles were an added bonus i didn't notice until I saw the photo on my computer monitor.

Tomas Turecek from Czech Republic

I wanted to ask you what you used as a background, if it's not a secret ;)

11 Aug 2009 8:59am

@Tomas Turecek: Nothing I do photographically is a secret. The BG is a piece of scrapbooking paper taped to foam board and set about 18 inches behind the flower. Here is a photo of my "studio."

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

wonderful tone-in-tone work & eye-soothing. Very good decision to keep the green & glass, love it.

11 Aug 2009 9:41am

@daniela scharnowski: Thank you so much. I had to keep the vase and green as the stem was too short for anything else. It turned out much better than I imagined. :-)

Betty from New Jersey, United States

This one took my breath away, Anita! I can look at this all day. The background is perfect for the composition. The bubbles add to it beautifully.

11 Aug 2009 10:09am

@Betty: Thank you so much, Betty. The bubbles were a surprise to me--I didn't see them until I saw the image on my computer monitor. I agree, they add a lot to the image. A happy accident.

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Beautiful shot.... and love you choice of background color too!! Beautifully composed and a joy to look at !!

11 Aug 2009 11:49am

@Susan: Thanks, Susa. I'm experimenting with both white and similar color BGs.

Lorie from United States

Beautiful Anita! I hope the coffee shop display works out!

11 Aug 2009 12:34pm

Mary from Exton, United States

Terrific image Anita.. The bubbles "happy accident" are a perfect compliment to the image..
Beautifully done! I would also like to see you play with shadows. Would be interesting to compare.
Great work!

11 Aug 2009 12:40pm

Barbara Kile from Ft. Worth, United States

I love dahlias and this one is lovely. I find scrapbooking paper is nice too. Also wallpaper samples!
Nicely composed.

11 Aug 2009 1:07pm

@Barbara Kile: Barbara: Thanks! I never thought of wallpaper samples. They might work when scrapbooking paper is too small--one of the problems I run into.

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

Oh my, this is stunning! I love that the background color is so perfectly matched with the flower...So beautiful!

11 Aug 2009 2:29pm

@Tracy: Thanks. I was lucky that the colors were so well matched.

don from Spokane, United States

This delicate image is remarkable for its subtle color and complementary background. A fine job of shooting.

11 Aug 2009 4:09pm

@don: Many thanks.

manel from Girona, Spain

Bonita composición llena de una gran armonía.

11 Aug 2009 6:04pm

@manel: gracias

Laurie from New Jersey, United States

Lovely just lovely.

11 Aug 2009 7:04pm

@Laurie: I'm glad you like it.

Chris from South Jersey, United States

truly stunning image - the sharpness of the flower and bubbles contrasting with the softness in the colors and the background.....

11 Aug 2009 8:44pm

@Chris: Thank you very much. I am working on getting sharp images.

PShorten from West Chester, United States

Lovely, I really enjoy looking at this photo!

12 Aug 2009 12:44am

@PShorten: Thanks, Pat. I'm working on sharp flower photos.

John Maslowski from Dallas, PA, United States

Stunning image Anita, love the light and tones. A perfect flower and composition.

12 Aug 2009 1:08am

@John Maslowski: Thanks, John.

Marcie from Newton, United States

Love the pinks on pinks..but especially the bubbles in the vase. Really wonderful image.

12 Aug 2009 11:33am

@Marcie: Thank you Marcie!!

Daniel from Kenmare, United States


12 Aug 2009 2:20pm

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Such a gentle and loving presentation . . and extra points for those bubbles !

12 Aug 2009 5:26pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

The colours are marvelous!!! Gorgeous image

12 Aug 2009 7:13pm

Bernie Kasper from United States

As beautiful a Dahlia as I have ever seen photographed, stunning image !!

13 Aug 2009 3:02am

Marilla from Turku, Finland

Very elegant dahlia! My dahlias are doing just fine, they are in a sunny place and they've had both sun and water.

13 Aug 2009 7:32pm

Vert Pomme from Montreuil Sous Bois, France

Superbe de douceur.

15 Aug 2009 7:07am

@Vert Pomme: Thank you. I'm glad you like ti!

Sue from Paducah, United States

Where to begin -- hmmm. I have so enjoyed viewing this image, taking in the perfection of the flower, the detail in the paper in the BG, the bubbles that everyone mentioned, and the curves of the glass vase and green stem. *sigh*

15 Aug 2009 2:00pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Brilliant picture. Love these colors !

16 Aug 2009 3:54pm

@MARIANA: Thank you so much.

Yvonne from United States

Love the dahlia, it looks like it is just popping out of the photo! Beautiful processing!

29 Jan 2010 3:52am

Silvia Ganora Photography from Domodossola, Italy

Amazing capture! Love the color a lot! You have a really beautiful portfolio here.

6 Jan 2011 2:26pm

Anita from West Nottingham, United States

Thank you for your kind words. Glad you like this one. I do too!

6 Jan 2011 6:41pm

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ISO 100
105 mm