Tricia Booker Photography

May 16, 2011

Flower Art

We have a solid week of rain ahead of us, so in between showers and thunderstorms (and writing and editing articles), I spent some time in the yard today. While sitting on the lawn tractor cutting the “back 40,” I noticed that many of the flowers I’d given up as past their prime were reinvigorated by the cool, wet weather.

So I took my macro lens out and played around in the afternoon overcast, catching a few images that reminded me of my mom’s still-life oil paintings. I usually think it prudent to leave the camera in the house on rainy days, but today’s result showed it was well worth the risk and no one melted (not even the dog) on this damp photo shoot.


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  2. Tammy Thielman

    Beautiful photos! So colourful. Very inspiring and warming to view on such a rainy day here in our area. Thank you!

  3. That is Absolutely gorgeous. I would love to paint that. I wish I can take pictures like that. What kind of camera do you use? I haven’t painted in a while but I feel so inspired- Congrats on FP!

  4. Mackenzie | Red Roan Chronicles

    Really great shot! I love that you can see just the tip of the curly little stamen peaking out from the petals. :)

  5. A beautiful shot! The colors are stunning, and the water drops certainly add to the photo. Nice idea to bring your camera outdoors after the rain. I’m trying to learn more about photography, so this is a good lesson to not just shoot when the skies are sunny.

  6. joy

    I must ask is that the true color of the aquilegia? I have had problems as purple comes out blue, plum colours come out purple.
    nice click as they say,congrats.

  7. Thank you so much for all of the wonderful comments! I really appreciate you all taking the time to post your thoughts and likes. It means a lot!

    To answer your questions, this is columbine (Aquilegia) that’s been in my garden about 10 years. Its blooms are purple and pink. I shot this with a Nikon D3S camera with a 105mm F2.8 lens. The settings were ISO 2000, 1/250th at F7.1. Hand held. I edited it slightly in Lightroom, using the auto tone function and increasing the saturation slightly. The white balance was cloudy.

    I’m really flattered to be FP and thank you all for your support and good wishes! Happy blogging!

  8. Vivid. Brilliant. Delightful. Thanks for sharing and congrats on being FPed. Rain can make things so clean and pure, conducive to terrific photos. One of my best days for seeing gorgeous wildflowers was during some spring showers in Sion National Park. I swear I could see the wildflowers open up after each downpour. I post some of my nature shots periodically on my blog but nothing as exquisite as yours today.

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  10. Congratulations on being FP, this is a great shot! You captured them so nicely, what a beautiful colours and raindrops… and also the depth of the flower is amazing too. Well done. Thank you, Greetings and Love, nia

  11. Congratulations on being freshly pressed with this great image. And thank you for posting this – it is so cheerful. The raindrops actually add to its beauty, and convey a measure of hope: yes it is possible to laugh in the rain!

    Have a wonderful day,

  12. Jade

    That is an AMAZING photograph!!! I have an idle interest in photography (I curse my damaged, dated, dented camera!) and I really like “soft” days – rainy days. I enjoy getting caught in the rain, seeing the lighting flash in the bellies of the weeping nimbostratus clouds, hearing the ominous rumble of thunder… Ah, I wish it was like that here!
    Anyway, I think that this photo is gorgeous! *Grin* Any tricks to taking photos like this? Wait, let me guess – a good camera, an artistic eye, and a nice subject, eh?

    • good camera not so much. but the rest, you have right on! I have found that even cheap cameras can take shots like this if you know what you are doing. Which my mother likes to point out is a great reason not to spend several thousand on a new nice camera. :)

  13. Should I thank the creative eye which captured the essence of the moment or should I thank the person for having made the macro lens (I presume you used only 1 macro lens for this shot)?

    I think, whichever the case, WOW to both of you!! :)

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