A Salute to Stamens

Two weeks ago I posted part one of a three part series about the Museum of Transportation.  Last week I posted part two.  If you’re into pattern recognition you would be expecting part three today.  I’m going to break the pattern and switch to an entirely different subject.

I thought that today I’d give you a break from all that heavy, rusty iron and peeling paint and post photos of something softer and more colorful – flowers.  More specifically, lilies and their stamens.

 

 

Flowers and, to a lesser extent insects, probably account for 95+ percent of my non-friends and family photos.  As I’ve explained before it’s not because they are my favorite subjects but because they are always there when I need a subject.  (I don’t do a lot of photography in the winter.)  Early on I noticed that when walking around looking for something to photograph with my then only lens (the Nikkor 24-85mm telephoto zoom) I was taking a lot of pictures of flowers and vegetation.

 

Even at the max 85mm focal length and with the relatively close focusing distance of the lens I had to do a lot of cropping to get a good composition, especially with the smaller flowers.  This was fine for internet viewing but would not work if I ever wanted to print something of any size.  So I saved up and got a Sigma 105mm macro lens.

 

That 105mm macro has stayed on my camera more than any other lens I have.  Whenever I have an urge to photograph something and I don’t want to go anywhere (or don’t have the time), I just walk outside and look around for flowers or insects.

I will admit though that after taking hundreds and hundreds and macro flower shots over the past couple of years I am getting tired of it.  I’m not sure I can do anything with a flower photo that I haven’t before.  If I’m getting bored with flowers photos then the photos will probably get boring; not a good thing.

 

I tried more landscape photography and street photography recently.  So far the latter has been pretty much limited to street festivals.  I have lots of good rationalizations why I don’t do more of these two types of photography.  Maybe as I become more and more bored with flowers I’ll find fewer “good reasons” not to do more landscape and street photography.

 

I’ve also tried shooting more buildings and architectural details lately.  I like the majority of my results so architectural photography is another area I’m trying to get an eye for.  The drawback with architectural photography for me is all the post processing required to try to correct perspectives – a real pain.  I guess I should investigate to see if there is any affordable (and easy to use) software dedicated to perspective correction.

 

Probably the biggest problem I have with landscape, street, and architectural photography is that, with very rare exceptions, they are not something I can do in an hour on the spur of the moment by just walking around my yard or the neighborhood.  I live in the suburbs, not an ideal spot for street photography or architectural photography.  I really don’t want to take photos of houses or buildings in strip malls; however, the latter might be something to explore for night scenes.

 

For now the majority of my photos will continue to be flowers and insects but I plan to start sticking in more non-flower posts as I did  with A Phew Phlorida Photos a few weeks ago and the current Museum of Transportation series.  Anyway, I hope you enjoy the rest of these photos.

 

 

 

 

Thank you for taking the time to visit this blog.

David

All photos taken with a Nikon D7100 and a Sigma 105mm macro lens.

14 thoughts on “A Salute to Stamens

    • Thank you Eliza. I just need to find a new subject (or subjects) that I really want to explore with my camera and processing to create something other than a textbook illustration. I’m not sure how I’ll get there but I’m pretty sure I will because I have to take pictures.

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      • Just some ideas if you are open to them: Victor Rakmil posted a study today on (city) residential windows, which I thought was interesting because each individual owner puts their stamp on them. Or exploring light, like bokeh, or softening edges. Do you know Noortje? https://russelslof.com Her work is so beautiful. Just some thoughts… Looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

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        • Thank you Eliza. I am always open to ideas and appreciate those you have offered. While the windows is not necessarily something I’d gravitate toward, I do like the concept and will definitely keep it in mind. Was not familiar with Noortje; thank you for the link. You’re right her work is beautiful and she has some wonderfully unique compositions. I just took a quick look but I will go back to explore her site in more detail.

          I’ve created a new Word document to keep track of ideas and your comment is my first entry. Thank you for your suggestions and interest.

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  1. You can always try a tilt shift lens, although the good ones tend to be pricey. Then there are tilt shift adapaters. I’ve tried neither, preferring to convince myself I like converging lines.

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    • I’ve looked at tilt shift lenses and they definitely are pricey; well beyond my level of discretionary income (as are most things). Didn’t know there was such a thing as tilt shift adapters. I’ll have to look into that. Thanks.

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  2. David your work is excellent, in whatever you do, so I’ll be looking forward to see what ever you come up with and if you just keep on keeping on that’ll work too! I understand the need to branch out just to keeping the “Boring bugs” away, but when I look over my work I think, “now I should be able to do that better” and find myself content to do so after a bit. Still I often think ” Dammit I need to be more creative than that” . All the above images are stunning, and good luck with the “Boring bugs” 😀

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    • I found it kind of strange that they are introducing three new tilt shifts, each with a different focal length, at the same price of $2,199. Didn’t read the specs to see differences in max aperture, coatings or other things. I don’t think any of them are really wide enough for architectural photography. I would think one would want at least a 35mm full frame equivalent and 24 would be even better, again with regard to architecture. Doesn’t matter to me though because they are out of my price range.

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