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Fairy Slipper (fake HDR)

Posted by
john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 18 April 2009 in Plant & Nature.

The Fairy Slippers are absolutely one of my favorite wild flowers (they actually trump the plum blossoms; yes, I know that the plums are not wild; except for the fact that when my granddaughter, Fiona, is in the back yard, it gets kind of wild).
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(You may wonder why most of my quotes seemingly have nothing to do with photography. It isn't because I don't appreciate photography quotes; I do. And Suzanne Cummings is a gold mine when it comes to great photography quotes. The reason for many of my quotes is to constantly remind myself that my main responsibility is to try to become a better person. And, even if my goal is to become a better photographer, as I have quoted Jay Maisel before, "If you want to become a better photographer, become a better person.")


The first principle of nonviolent action is that of noncooperation with everything humiliating.

- César Chávez

NIKON D300 1/60 second F/5.0 ISO 200 225 mm (35mm equiv.)

JamesC from portland, United States

Brilliant colors and patterns, have to look out for these.

18 Apr 2009 5:20am

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

Amazing colors! I've never seen one of these in the wild- I'd love to, though :)

18 Apr 2009 5:26am

@Tracy: I never saw one in California. They are not uncommon in the shaded back country areas of the Pacific NW.

Craig from Vacaville, California, United States

Intense color! I like it!

18 Apr 2009 6:21am

zOOm from Paris, France

Really stunning colors ! Wow !

18 Apr 2009 6:21am

Jean-François from Les Issambres, France

stupéfiant !

18 Apr 2009 6:33am

isidro from Spain

excelentes colores !!

18 Apr 2009 6:35am

Lylou & Roland from France

Really nice colored macro !

18 Apr 2009 6:37am

Linerberry from Sumner, Christchurch, New Zealand

Love the name! They are just delightful! Nice HDR lol:-)

18 Apr 2009 7:32am

P J W Miller from Chase Terrace, United Kingdom

It's that dragon again but it is a beautiful one

18 Apr 2009 9:20am

Marie-Hélène Ammor from Casablanca/Paris, Morocco

wonderful!! Colors are superb and you know? It seems to be alive ,moving ...!!

18 Apr 2009 12:47pm

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

Wonderful shot of a new flower for me. ... Hey, I didn't you you also have a Fiona!

18 Apr 2009 1:51pm

@Judy: Yep; Fiona Skye; her dad is big into Scotland; her mom sees it more as being Celtic, and I like that (I would call my own spirituality Celtic).

Don from spokane, United States

A beautiful blossom shot with such fine saturated colors. Well done. Becoming a better person is a worthy goal I like the "personal growth" comments.

18 Apr 2009 2:21pm

@Don: Thanks, Don.

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

This almost looks like a creature that is part plant, part animal, all wild. Great fake HDR, too.

18 Apr 2009 2:50pm

Mariana from waterloo, Canada

Oh taht vivid color is so brilliant ! Wonderful !!!

18 Apr 2009 3:05pm

"Marie" :-) from perth, Australia

Jack this is breathtakingly beautiful. You just get better and better.............

18 Apr 2009 3:08pm

Ajay from Pune, India

I like the blur you have created around the flower. And the way the flower looks it looks like it is speed toward you.

18 Apr 2009 3:09pm

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

Beautifully captured, Jack, Vibrant and spectacular

18 Apr 2009 3:09pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

beautiful shot jack...it's indeed a gorgeous flower....and i wholly agree with your philosophy, better person makes better photographer!!! and we are all getting better each day!!

18 Apr 2009 3:38pm

@Susan: Agreed!

Veronelle from Lens, France

nice macro

18 Apr 2009 3:39pm

Anthony Lambert from Bielefeld, Germany

Some great Macro and close up Flora shots over the last few days,well done !!

18 Apr 2009 3:54pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

That is a beautiful rich color.

18 Apr 2009 3:57pm

PATRICK from miramas, France

very nice macro and details!!!!!!!!!!

18 Apr 2009 4:18pm

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Très belles couleurs!

18 Apr 2009 4:26pm

zOOm from Paris, France

We share the same macro lens Jack ! Sigma 150mm Macro f/2.8. Isn'it great ? :-)

18 Apr 2009 5:15pm

@zOOm: Personally, I think that it is a fabulous lens, Florence. It is tack sharp and is so easy to micro focus. I have no need (or desire) for the expensive Nikon 105mm VR.

alex centrella from California, United States

wow..amazing colors and macro..

18 Apr 2009 5:39pm

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

wow ! such a vivid colours ! great details !

18 Apr 2009 6:26pm

MontereyJohn from Salinas, California, United States

Pow! Jumps off the screen.

18 Apr 2009 7:21pm

Suzanne from Huntington Bch, California, United States

Spectacular colors.

18 Apr 2009 7:45pm

observing from North West, United Kingdom

Vivid as can be, and what a great result your process has given.

19 Apr 2009 12:40am

@observing: Thank you.

Toni from Eastern Washington, United States

I can see why this is a favorite flower of yours, Jack. Absolutely beautiful.

19 Apr 2009 1:12am

jeff (aka dogilicious) from Millerstown, PA, United States

The color really pops in this one. Well done!

19 Apr 2009 2:48am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Very colorful.

19 Apr 2009 7:52am

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

Wow...vibrant colours, so full of energy!

20 Apr 2009 4:06am

dj.tigersprout from New York City, USA, United States

such color!!

20 Apr 2009 4:31am

Vachel from Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

great contrast. and well composed

20 Apr 2009 11:50am

amy from Nanaimo, BC, Canada

Truly stunning!

21 Apr 2009 4:31am

Anita from West Nottingham, United States

Re. your quote, which is thought provoking--I'm finishing reading "NIckeled and Dimed" by Barbara Ehreneich--about low-wage earners. Some of what they put up with is humiliating. I keep wondering why they don't organize to improve their lot, but, perhaps they are too tired from their work and/or don't have the time. Or, maybe our schools teach us to be obedient without questioning. Anyway, an eye-opening and disturbing book.

21 Apr 2009 3:12pm

Mike from Viols le fort, France

Superbe! Couleurs éclatantes, joli cadrage, et bele lumière.

21 Apr 2009 7:26pm