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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).

(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'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