Dahlia Photos: the sublime to the blurry forum: Macro & Artsy images of Dahlias

 
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ImageBenny101
Aug 17, 2014 7:57 AM CST
Greenville MI - zone 5b
Thank you, the reflections are fun and I bet you guys could do some really neat stuff with them . First two are in a martini glass the third is a punch bowl we scored second hand . The martini glass tends to funnel and bend light in crazy directions . I used no floats just placed the blooms on the water .
Here is a full shot of our dahlia bowl , think it would be neat to find something this size in the old white milk glass .
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ImageDarcyD
Aug 17, 2014 8:05 AM CST
Name: Darcy D
Green Oaks, Illinois
Martini glass!! SO cool...love the refractions in that one! New mission...looking for cool flower-floating glasses.
portia
Aug 17, 2014 9:05 AM CST
Southern PA, Brandywine
Love that last one, the reflections and the color pops.
steve22802
Aug 17, 2014 3:02 PM CST
Name: Steve Gerber
Harrisonburg, Virginia z6b
Here's a closeup I took today of Pam Howden.

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ImageDarcyD
Aug 17, 2014 4:54 PM CST
Name: Darcy D
Green Oaks, Illinois
Hurray! So pretty!
anniecan
Aug 17, 2014 7:07 PM CST
Name: Annie Luck
Apex, North Carolina
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Pam shows up even better against the black! I may try that with my next bloom.
mandolls
Aug 18, 2014 8:43 AM CST
Name: Geof
WI
I love the flowers before they are actually open. I don't have a macro lens, so these are not as sharp as they could be, but - I thought kinda nice.

Fire Magic
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Candle Light
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Formby Kaitlyn
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ImageDarcyD
Aug 18, 2014 12:23 PM CST
Name: Darcy D
Green Oaks, Illinois
Very nice compositions, Geof. Good eye for texture! Do you have any noise reduction software or is it available on your camera download program? That would clean up that first one for you.
ImageDarcyD
Aug 18, 2014 12:24 PM CST
Name: Darcy D
Green Oaks, Illinois
Water droplet on my Embrace that is refracting the flower behind it in the droplet:

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mandolls
Aug 18, 2014 1:37 PM CST
Name: Geof
WI
Darcy that reflection is amazing!

I have a medium crappy camera abut 12 years old or so, The only "software" I have to use is Preview on my MacBook Pro. I should check at school and see if there is a decent camera with a macro lens I can borrow to play with.
ImageDarcyD
Aug 18, 2014 2:42 PM CST
Name: Darcy D
Green Oaks, Illinois
Thanks Geof!

Macros are fun! :)
anniecan
Aug 18, 2014 2:45 PM CST
Name: Annie Luck
Apex, North Carolina
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They are certainly fun for us when you are the photographer Darcy Thumbs up
Imageteddahlia
Aug 18, 2014 3:17 PM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
At the ADS National show photography division, in Snohomish several years ago, there were some pictures of raindrops with other flowers reflecting in them. I believe that not only do you have to have a good macro lens, but you have to have perfect focus and I believe that you absolutely have to use a tripod. Macro photography is a real art.
“Flowers are like friends; They bring color to your world.” – Unknown
portia
Aug 18, 2014 3:21 PM CST
Southern PA, Brandywine
love the pics, i also love the flowers before they are open!
ImageDarcyD
Aug 20, 2014 8:23 AM CST
Name: Darcy D
Green Oaks, Illinois
Arnside Rose - thanks to Noni

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mandolls
Aug 20, 2014 8:37 AM CST
Name: Geof
WI
Lovely - so tell me honestly - do you spritz them with water? or do you run out after the rain? The droplets add such a nice contrasting texture.
portia
Aug 20, 2014 9:02 AM CST
Southern PA, Brandywine
Beautiful. In our mornings lately, the dahlias are often wet even if it doesn't rain.
ImageDarcyD
Aug 20, 2014 9:05 AM CST
Name: Darcy D
Green Oaks, Illinois
mandolls wrote:Lovely - so tell me honestly - do you spritz them with water? or do you run out after the rain? The droplets add such a nice contrasting texture.


Thanks :)

I have never spritzed before, though I have considered it. If you go out really, really early in the morning...the dew is just on there. Or, after a rain shower. Plus, the light after rain is unreal.

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mandolls
Aug 20, 2014 11:18 AM CST
Name: Geof
WI
I went out to take picture after the rain the other morning and my lens kept fogging up ! But I know what you mean about the light.
Imageteddahlia
Aug 20, 2014 3:19 PM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
I won the bid on a macro prime lens on Ebay. I will start auditioning bees, spiders, grasshoppers and other creepy crawlers for portraits starting in week or so. And maybe it will shoot good dahlia portraits too.
“Flowers are like friends; They bring color to your world.” – Unknown

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