Hoya talk forum: January Buds and Blooms

 
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ImageHoyaDoug
Jan 1, 2012 7:46 AM CST
Name: Doug
Lamoille County, VT
Happy New Year everyone! I thought I would start off the month with H. kanyakumariana. My first attempt at photo stacking. Thanks Dave and MJ for the advice on how to achieve a black background!

Thumb of 2012-01-01/HoyaDoug/22b601
ImageHoyaDoug
Jan 1, 2012 9:07 AM CST
Name: Doug
Lamoille County, VT
Here is an even better example:
Thumb of 2012-01-01/HoyaDoug/b0f916
Imagepropmaker
Jan 1, 2012 9:16 AM CST
Name: Dominic Murray
Lanzarote, Canary Islands

Pretty good Doug
Iochroma
Jan 1, 2012 9:17 AM CST
Name: David
San Francisco Bay area
Well-done Doug! And a very Happy New Year to you and all.

I particularly like the second one.

Looking forward to seeing more of your shots. Give that camera a workout!

ImageHoyaDoug
Jan 1, 2012 10:29 AM CST
Name: Doug
Lamoille County, VT
OK, after this I quit for the day. Photo one has 21 photos in the stack, and photo two has 35 photos stacked.
Thumb of 2012-01-01/HoyaDoug/ad21c7

Thumb of 2012-01-01/HoyaDoug/fae719
AlohaHoya
Jan 1, 2012 11:44 AM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
cooooool! Hurray!
Leap. The net will appear.
plumania
Jan 1, 2012 12:31 PM CST
Name: Alka
South Florida
Wow. Great pictures. You did an awesome job. I specially like last 2 pics. To me they are great for picture postcards. Thumbs up Lovey dubby
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Imagepropmaker
Jan 2, 2012 1:40 AM CST
Name: Dominic Murray
Lanzarote, Canary Islands

Beautiful mac Doug...which IML is that ?
ImageJulieK
Jan 2, 2012 4:01 AM CST
Name: Julie Kennedy
UK
Hurray! Nice Pics Doug!
ImageHoyaDoug
Jan 2, 2012 11:43 AM CST
Name: Doug
Lamoille County, VT
Thanks everyone! I'm glad you liked the photos. Dom, that macgillivrayii is IML 0016 'Coen River Qld'.
Imagepropmaker
Jan 2, 2012 12:13 PM CST
Name: Dominic Murray
Lanzarote, Canary Islands

Thought it might be...its on the front or the back of one of the Hoya books..cant rememeber which......very drak color.....Mine is still 4 leaves and a stem unfortunately...
RandyBoatwright
Jan 2, 2012 1:33 PM CST
Amazing what you can do with photos!
ImageHoyaDoug
Jan 2, 2012 3:33 PM CST
Name: Doug
Lamoille County, VT
Third full day fooling around with the camera. Here are three or four more photos:
Hoya coronas on pins (Left to right macgillivrayii, lobbii, bella, retusa, heuschkeliana)
Thumb of 2012-01-02/HoyaDoug/f27a16
Martini glass with fresh macgillivrayi bloom and dried macgillivrayi blooms
Thumb of 2012-01-02/HoyaDoug/b6982b
Raccoon skull with macgillivrayi and bella blooms
Thumb of 2012-01-02/HoyaDoug/664a99
Iochroma
Jan 2, 2012 3:48 PM CST
Name: David
San Francisco Bay area
More great shots Doug!

I really liked your corona study. I have such trouble shooting the shiny surfaces of Hoya flowers - I usually use a soft box and a second light with some kind of diffusing scrim. Still, I end up touching them up in post...

Keep up the shooting - I love to see 'em.
ImageHoyaDoug
Jan 2, 2012 6:41 PM CST
Name: Doug
Lamoille County, VT
Thanks Dave, I kind of mangled that heuschkeliana corona. It was so tiny, and I was so clumsy. I have not yet figured out how to do anything in post - I need to work on that aspect. These were all shot with no flash - just compact fluorescent lights pointed at the flowers.
Iochroma
Jan 2, 2012 7:53 PM CST
Name: David
San Francisco Bay area
Yeah, dissecting Hoya flowers is a skill for those with steady hands and a good microscope.

You might look for some of the better LED flashlights for a temporary light source. They can be good for macro work. I have a ring flash and a regular flash (580 EX II), and a smaller spare one in the soft box, and I always seem to need more light...
Imagepropmaker
Jan 3, 2012 7:45 AM CST
Name: Dominic Murray
Lanzarote, Canary Islands

Thats not the cat that wouldnt wear the hat is it Doug in the last photo?..:))
ImageHoyaDoug
Jan 3, 2012 2:36 PM CST
Name: Doug
Lamoille County, VT
propmaker wrote:Thats not the cat that wouldnt wear the hat is it Doug in the last photo?..:))


Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
ImageHoyaDoug
Jan 3, 2012 5:28 PM CST
Name: Doug
Lamoille County, VT
Hoya elliptica photo taken one hour after blooms opening this morning.
Thumb of 2012-01-03/HoyaDoug/570533
Imagethreegardeners
Jan 3, 2012 6:12 PM CST
Name: Lee Anne Stark
Ontario, Canada
Perpetually happy!
wow!! I'm really enjoying these!!

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