Weekly Photo Challenge: Flowers

Photo #1 - A sunflower in HDRI. Taken using a Nikon D300, Nikkor 50mm f/1.2 AI-S, Kenko extension tubes.

Here are my Weekly Photo Challenge contributions for this week, “Flowers”.

Photo #2 - A flower at work. Taken using a Nikon CP5700.

Photo #3 - An orchid in my living room. Taken using a Nikon CP5700

Photo #4 - A flower in my neighbour's garden. Taken using a Nikon CP5700. Doesn't the central part of the flower look a little like thos banana-flavoured candies you used to get on Hallowe'en?

Photo #5 - Another orchid in my livingroom. Taken using a Nikon D300, Nikkor 50mm f/1.2 AI-S, Kenko extension tubes.

Photo #6 - An HDRI of a flower in an arrangement done by a florist. Taken using a Nikon D300, Nikkor 50mm f/1.2 AI-S, Kenko extension tubes.

Photo #7 - Peach blossoms on a rainy day. Taken from inside my livingroom and out the back door (naturally!) using a Nikon D300 and a Reflex-Nikkor 500mm f/8.

Photo #8 - What are flowers without bees? A passion flower in my yard. Taken using a Nikon CP5700.

Photo #9 - An HDRI poppy in my garden. Taken using a Nikon D300, Nikkor 50mm f/1.2 AI-S.

Hope you enjoyed my gallery of flowers.

See you next week!

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18 responses to “Weekly Photo Challenge: Flowers

  • theplaceswevebeen

    Nice shots! I liked photo #8 the best. Great detail!

    • HoaiPhai

      Photo #8 is one of my all-time favourite photos (of the ones I’ve taken). I used a Nikon CoolPix 5700,, rated a “prosumer” at the time I bought it. It has a fixed lens that is fabulous! This shot was done without any macro accessory! I got a lot of use out of that camera and during that period my schedule allowed me a lot of time to wander around and indulge my hobby.

  • The Hook

    I like your answer to the challenge!

  • betharr

    flower photos are something amazing. Perfect macros!
    I do not choose one. this could decrease the others.

    • HoaiPhai

      I find the exacting nature of macro photography both challenging and satisfying. It’s not as dangerous as street photography, but I could have been stung by the bee in photo #8!

  • Mike Lilly

    Nice work! I find flowers to be a difficult subject, but you’ve done quite well with this batch. Each is well composed and lit. I’ll got with Photo #7 as my favorite of the bunch.

    • HoaiPhai

      Thanks! I know little about flowers but appreciate their beauty. all were lit by ambiant light, including #1, #2, #3, #5, and #6 which were all indoors right where my wife put them. I’m a photographer of opportunity — I don’t do nearly as well engineering lighting (or other aspects of the shot except possibly post-processing) and like to capture subjects as they are.

      Photo #7 was done using a mirror telephoto with a focal length of 500mm on my cropped-format D300, so the 35mm equivalent would be 750mm. My Reflex-Nikkor has given me many wonderful images and the donut bokeh has it’s place and can contribute to an image. I have been known to use the 500mm with a 2x tele-extender but it degrades image quality a lot… the subject has to be just right for it to work out well. I’d love to get my hands on the 1,000mm!

  • Redneckprincess

    The bee shot is amazing!!! Great pics 🙂

    • HoaiPhai

      The bee shot was done with a non-pro camera with really a really slow autofocus. But the thing is that passion flower nectar seems to make the bees “drunk” so if they’ve already visited a couple of flowers before you try to take their picture, they’re very lethargic and not too nervous!

  • elmediat

    Excellent compositions ! Photo 1 has qualities that evoke the alternative/antique photographic processes . Love the textures in 2-6.

    • HoaiPhai

      Thanks! Photo #1 and #6 were both made from a series of bracketed shots and processed using different algorithms in the open-source Luminance HDR software (or its predecessor Qtpfsgui). This program can yield wonderful results but the full-res version is often very different from the low-res first attempt so, for example, Photo #6 took a few hours of hit-and-miss to get the subtle texture enhancement of the one petal I had envisioned. It looks much better printed on metalic paper.

  • Beth Arr

    thx for explanation. im learning so much.

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