Friday, May 27, 2011

Irises

No other flower is unusual and elegant as the Iris. It is my favorite flower of the spring season...
Like fireworks, my bearded irises exploded this past week in all their glory, decorating my yard in a beautiful array of colors! A few were a surprise this year. Rhizomes of unknown colors were given to me by my sister and planted last season. This spring, they revealed their secret by complimenting the iris colors I already had.
I wanted to enjoy them in my house and so cut many to make an arrangement that I placed on my kitchen counter. The overhead lights in the kitchen brought out their rich colors and being in my most 'lived in' room of the house, I studied them up close and often!
Out came the camera and macro lens... I spent many hours photographing these beauties at close range. I was in 'the zone' as I viewed the blooms intimately and from all angles.
I decided to share some of  my favorite shots from my visual exercise with you this week.
(Clicking on each image will enlarge it for better viewing)

 Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 50mm f2.5 compact macro lens, 1/80 sec @ f25, ISO H2 (25600)

 Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 50mm f2.5 compact macro lens, 1/40 sec @ f16, ISO H2 (25600)  Converted to black and white in Adobe Lightroom 3.




 
 

 Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 50mm f2.5 compact macro lens, 1/60 sec @ f20, ISO 6400.  Grain added in Adobe Photoshop CS5.






 
 

Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 50mm f2.5 compact macro lens, 1/60 sec @ f20, ISO 6400
 
 
 
 
   
 
Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 50mm f2.5 compact macro lens, 1/100 sec @ f29, ISO H2 (25600).  (Noise reduction applied in Adobe Lightroom 3)