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First Trillium of Spring

Posted by
john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 29 March 2009 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

The flowers are just starting to pop along the Nature Preserve trails. I experimented with a Canon 500D close-up accessory for this one; I plan to use it when I am not primarily doing macro work.

"Compassion always trumps belief." JL

NIKON D700 1/250 second F/4.5 ISO 200 70 mm (35mm equiv.)

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

Beautiful ... the kind of flower I miss, here in Florida.

29 Mar 2009 5:39am

@Judy: Thank you, Judy; I can certainly understanding your missing them.

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Love it!!!

29 Mar 2009 6:19am

Linerberry from Sumner, Christchurch, New Zealand

Wow this is quite stunning!!!

29 Mar 2009 6:35am


a nice shot

29 Mar 2009 6:43am

Leena from Joensuu, Finland

This is, what I miss so very much nowadays., when our spring is faraway!
My this kind photo is HERE - an old one.

Nice Sunday to you!

29 Mar 2009 6:59am

@Leena: Stunning Aug. 25 shot!

kerfendal from Paris, France

so much details, it seems we can touch it

29 Mar 2009 7:40am

marie from perth, Australia

Simplicity can be stunning. Well done Jack.... flowers are my favourite thing to photograph, I am still working out how best to perfect this, but will persevere after seeing some great shots of beautiful flowers on this site..... and this one is surely beautiful and perfect to my eyes. Thank you.

29 Mar 2009 8:21am

Craig from Vacaville, California, United States

Rich deep tones! Creative!

29 Mar 2009 8:25am

Lydie et Roland from BESANCON, France

Nice colors and details... Have a nice day Jack !

29 Mar 2009 8:49am

P J W Miller from Chase Terrace, United Kingdom

Beautiful composition, I would love to see trilliums of these

29 Mar 2009 8:57am

Anita from West Nottingham, United States

Beautiful! Love the light on this flower--it glows! Great processing to darken edges and focus the eye on the Trillium. They haven't opened here, but I look forward to them.

29 Mar 2009 9:01am

Didier DE ZAN from somewhere, France

Vey beautiful

29 Mar 2009 9:03am

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Superbes détails, excellente macro!

29 Mar 2009 10:24am

Isabelle from Liège, Belgium

Very sweet picture! Well done!

29 Mar 2009 10:35am

Mathilde from Fontainebleau, France

Wonderful macro! The light is so soft! almost felted! I really admire!

29 Mar 2009 11:11am

Jean-François from Les Issambres, France

EXCELLENT *************************** +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

29 Mar 2009 11:11am

lydia from Paris, France

A very soft one , I love this flower , great shot ! Have a nice day Jack !

29 Mar 2009 11:21am

Lee from Fort Frances Ontario, Canada

It seems to work quite well. I like the selcetive focus created. The outer softness helps force your eyes to the focal point. Well done.

29 Mar 2009 11:29am

joemulligan from micaville, nc, United States

I lived in Oregon for 20 years and never really saw a trilium.....until now!. Thanks. I love your crocus from yesterday too. Such beautiful color and shape.

29 Mar 2009 11:49am

zOOm from Paris, France

Perfect compo dear ! Nice blurry effect surrounding petals with delicacy. Color is fine as well. An exquiste springtime picture.

29 Mar 2009 1:15pm

Eleftheria from Athens, Greece


29 Mar 2009 1:21pm

Barbara from Florida, United States

Beautiful capture, Jack. Stunning detail and delicate softness.
It seems very touchable on my screen. Did you use this close up accessory on yesterday's image?

29 Mar 2009 1:26pm

@Barbara: No Barb; for the crocus I used a Sigma 150mm f/2.8 macro on a Nikon D300; it also was on a tripod and taken in our back yard. The trillium was hand held on a hike Friday. (The Sigma is just over $600 and is tack sharp.)

JJ from Jersey City, United States

So beautiful a superb shot, lovely spring colors and great detail

29 Mar 2009 1:28pm

@JJ: Thanks, JJ.

don from Spokane, United States

A beautiful job of showing the "innards" of this flower. I'm impressed with the sharp details and careful focus. Wonderful control of the background which enhances the blossom very well. Excellent image.

29 Mar 2009 2:44pm

PATRICK from miramas, France

Wonderful macro!!!!5stars

29 Mar 2009 2:51pm

PD from Overland Park, Kansas, United States

THe accessory works well! great macro!

29 Mar 2009 3:34pm

Peggy M. from somewhere in, France

A beautiful flower, you have the romantic eye.

29 Mar 2009 3:40pm

@Peggy M.: I'm a romantic through and through, Peggy!

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

Wow, really beautiful image!

29 Mar 2009 3:42pm

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

wow ! very delicate, sweet flower ! excellent macro !

29 Mar 2009 3:59pm

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

A bit romantic for your age? : ] : ] : ] best...jerry

29 Mar 2009 4:03pm

@ordinaryimages: Romance need never go, good friend!!

Ajay from Pune, India

Another beautiful token of nature's love.

29 Mar 2009 4:23pm

EYES WIDE SHUT from The library of my soul, United Kingdom

I think your experimentation paid off, Jack... and some! This is exquisitely beautiful and so detailed. A masterpiece

29 Mar 2009 4:29pm

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

a beautiful macro picture, clear and bright!

29 Mar 2009 4:34pm

Donna from anywhere, United States

lovely post here John!

29 Mar 2009 4:38pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

The accessory worked beautifully!! You got a gorgeous result...The way the focusing blurs moving out, and the dark background, really gives this shot punch!!

29 Mar 2009 5:00pm

@Susan: Actually, I used onOne's Focal Point to soften the edges and create the vignette.

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

Great capture and effect!

29 Mar 2009 5:11pm

Scott Schilling from San Martin, United States

Absolutely fantastic!! Great Color!

29 Mar 2009 5:14pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

ok, tell me more about onOne's Focal Point!!!!

29 Mar 2009 5:31pm

Manel from Girona, Spain

Exellent macro, great contrast between clouse-up and background, which is perfect. Good today sentence too.

29 Mar 2009 5:40pm

@Manel: Thanks, Manel; the sentence is mine.

Christopher from Atlanta, United States

So a fantastic mix of colors.

29 Mar 2009 8:03pm

Denise from Perry, United States

Absolutely stunning!

29 Mar 2009 8:51pm

observing from North West, United Kingdom

Superb....! a beautiful depth of field and softness on the leaves. Excellent image.

29 Mar 2009 9:46pm

vu@granby - Wolfgang from Granby, Québec, Canada

We are still many weeks away from seeing the first flowers!

29 Mar 2009 11:30pm

Pradeep from Chennai, India

Aaah...this is beautiful...the glow and softness is very dreamlike :)

30 Mar 2009 12:54am

Mary from PA, United States

Gorgeous lighting and dof!! A beautiful flower!!

30 Mar 2009 3:31am

jamesy from christchurch, New Zealand

stunning Trillium makes me a little sad though as mine did not flower this year

30 Mar 2009 4:00am

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

What a stunning shot! This needs to be framed and displayed prominently.

30 Mar 2009 4:37am

Toni from Eastern Washington, United States

This is truly stunning, Jack! Love the detail of the petals, with the soft focus on the outer edges. I'm not familiar with trillium, but maybe I should be!

30 Mar 2009 4:48am

@Toni: Thanks, Toni; it's a fairly common early season wildflower in the back country.

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A gorgeous flower and wonderful processing.

30 Mar 2009 5:10am

Cricket from Alabama, United States

Ah...I love the reply above..."Romance need never go.."

This is very elegant.

30 Mar 2009 2:22pm

Hema Iyer from Bangalore, India

Beautiful the lines on the petals.

30 Mar 2009 6:00pm

marcel lemieux/star_cosmos_bleu from Bedford.Quebec, Canada

Remarkable beauty and details..a great capture..superb...

31 Mar 2009 3:34pm