Montana Outdoors

May 9, 2009


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


  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.



    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.


      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!


    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.


      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.



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

  3. Fascinating closeup series!


    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?”.


      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. 🙂


    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!


      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! 🙂


    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.


      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.



    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!


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

  7. Lovely!!


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

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


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

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


      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!


    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!!


    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.


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

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


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

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


      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!


    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


    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.


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

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