Montana Outdoors

May 9, 2009

Perspective

Filed under: Flowers, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures, Wildflowers — Tags: — montucky @ 8:51 pm

So much depends on how you look at something.

Dandelion seeds

Dandelion seeds

Dandelion seeds

Dandelion seeds

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  1. Truly wonderful shots. What lens were you shooting with and at what aperture (if you don’t mind me asking)? The depth of field effects are outstanding.

    Jeff

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    Comment by Jeff Lynch — May 9, 2009 @ 9:50 pm

    • Thanks Jeff. The lens in an AF Micro Nikkor 60mm f/2.8D.
      The first one was taken at 1/60 sec @ f32, ISO 100, -1/3 EV using the on-camera flash.
      The second was 1/320 sec @ f5.6, ISO 100, -1/3 EV, no flash.
      The third, 1/320 @ f3.8, ISO 140, -1/3 EV, no flash.
      The fourth, 1/320 @ f3.8, ISO 100, -2/3 EV, no flash. On this one I focussed on the outer tips of the seeds and, as it turned out with that shallow DOF, it focussed on the whole plane through the center of the seed head. I really liked the effect.

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      Comment by montucky — May 9, 2009 @ 10:09 pm

  2. I love them! I have always thought that dandelions are beautiful. Unfortunately I am usually alone in the observation!

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    Comment by Cherry Blossom — May 9, 2009 @ 10:12 pm

    • Me too. I know they are a weed, but I’m always very happy to see them in the spring, admire them and photograph them a lot in summer and love the seed heads when they mature. I liked them when I was a kid, too.

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      Comment by montucky — May 9, 2009 @ 10:25 pm

      • Plus, the greens really do taste good, especially down here in the South where we’re used to collards.

        Malcolm

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        Comment by knightofswords — May 10, 2009 @ 9:27 am

  3. Fascinating closeup series!

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    Comment by Cedar — May 10, 2009 @ 5:22 am

    • The fish weren’t biting and I saw some dandelions in the field by the river and for some reason thought “what if?”.

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      Comment by montucky — May 10, 2009 @ 7:30 am

  4. I especially like the last photograph! That is awesome how it turned out. I do like dandelions, and I was studying a batch yesterday thinking the puff balls whole and not blown yet would look neat photographed upclose. Nicely done photographs, Montucky. 🙂

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    Comment by Anna Surface — May 10, 2009 @ 7:35 am

    • That one fascinated me too. I understand it, but was surprised at exactly how it turned out. I learned a little more about DOF.

      THe seed heads on dandelions and goatsbeard always fascinate me. They’re just plain cool!

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      Comment by montucky — May 10, 2009 @ 8:06 am

  5. What detail! In spite of how beautiful they look why do I feel the strong urge to blow! 🙂

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    Comment by Maureen — May 10, 2009 @ 8:59 am

    • I have that urge too. Eliciting that response has to be part of their survival strategy. I think their existence depends on kids and quasi-adults like us.

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      Comment by montucky — May 10, 2009 @ 9:06 am

  6. Could be fireworks in the sky, a new fangled living room lamp, magic at the quantum level, or nature doing what it does best when we leave things alone. Beautiful.

    Malcolm

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    Comment by knightofswords — May 10, 2009 @ 9:26 am

    • I hadn’t thought of the fireworks, but they do look like a big burst now that you mention it. It’s amazing at how pretty things can be if we don’t tamper with them!

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      Comment by montucky — May 10, 2009 @ 4:11 pm

  7. Lovely!!

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    Comment by SuzieQ — May 10, 2009 @ 10:22 am

  8. I love how the light is reflected in no 3.

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    Comment by Camilla — May 10, 2009 @ 12:04 pm

    • Yes, I was surprised to see that bit of a spectrum, too.

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      Comment by montucky — May 10, 2009 @ 4:12 pm

  9. I not only have the urge to blow on them but also the urge to dare someone else to lick them, LOL.

    Nice series!

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    Comment by Tabbie — May 10, 2009 @ 12:25 pm

  10. as beautiful as those photos are, i just can’t allow myself to like the blasted things. i guess as long as they are by the river an not in my yard i can allow myself… hahaha!!

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    Comment by kcjewel — May 10, 2009 @ 5:52 pm

    • We always have some in our yard, but they haven’t ever spread too badly. I remember they were a real problem in my parent’s lawn back when.

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      Comment by montucky — May 10, 2009 @ 7:45 pm

  11. Looks like you had some fun! Great images. I like 1 and 3 best.

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    Comment by Lillie — May 10, 2009 @ 8:17 pm

    • Yes, it’s fun to experiment and I learned some things.

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      Comment by montucky — May 10, 2009 @ 8:34 pm

  12. Little round planet
    In a big universe
    Sometimes it looks blessed
    Sometimes it looks cursed
    Depends on what you look at obviously
    But even more it depends on the way that you see..
    -Bruce Cockburn, Child of the Wind

    nice photos!

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    Comment by Jamie Robertson — May 11, 2009 @ 8:48 am

  13. fun! these type of picts remind me of those close ups seen in Highlights magazine as a kid where you have to guess what the object is. love the pattern shown here

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    Comment by silken — May 13, 2009 @ 3:05 pm

    • It was fun. I wanted to see what the lens could show using different depth of field settings. On one I was quite surprised.

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      Comment by montucky — May 13, 2009 @ 9:30 pm


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