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Exquisite Blue

Posted by
john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 6 May 2009 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Regarding the photo yesterday, that was taken by a colleague in our workshop group. Probably more like the "real" Jack than generally gets on a memory card; for a staged shot, go to the self-portrait on my "About" page (ah vanity!!). Plus, and this is important, what I was really thinking was, "What a fantastic shot!" (remember this was a D700!!)

This blue flower one day was not there, and then the next day, it was everywhere along the main trail where we walk here in Corvallis. (The Columbia Gorge Workshop series begins on Sunday.)

"Opportunities multiply as they are seized." Sun Tzu

NIKON D300 1/100 second F/5.0 ISO 200 225 mm (35mm equiv.)

Bill Jennings from Bay Area Northern Calif, United States

As you say, exquisite! I didn't realize that such intense blue existed in nature. Well done!

6 May 2009 5:11am

@Bill Jennings: Thanks, Bill.

Lylou & Roland from Besancon, France

really nice blue star !

6 May 2009 5:27am

Stunner from Kingston, Jamaica

Exquisite indeed! Fantastic and brilliant shot, the colour is so intense! and of course blue is my favorite colour :)

6 May 2009 5:27am

@Stunner: Thank you.

PATRICK from miramas, France

excellent macro nice colors and light !!!!!!!!!!!!

6 May 2009 5:41am

Jean-François from Les Issambres, France

des couleurs si belles **************

6 May 2009 6:10am

Nicholas from Shah Alam, Malaysia

Yet another fantastic macro. The colours are once again, amazing.

6 May 2009 6:34am

@Nicholas: Thank you.

P J W Miller from Chase Terrace, United Kingdom

Excellent, your composition makes it look like the yellow bits are dancing around the main blue flower

6 May 2009 7:06am

chrissy from uk, United Kingdom


6 May 2009 7:17am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Excellent Macro.. love the yellow and the blue!!

6 May 2009 7:36am

@Sarito: Yellow and blue were my high school colors (1949-53).

Sof from Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Une étoile-fleur magnifique... quelles belles couleurs

6 May 2009 7:55am

Alivia from Saint-Etienne, France

cette fleur est exquise, on dirait l'étoile d'une gentiane, c'est un bleu profond , comme un velours que l'on voudrait toucher.. bravo

6 May 2009 8:24am

@Alivia: Thank you. You always brighten my day, Dane.

khadi from New Delhi, India

Marvelous colors. I like the yellow, blue, green contrasts.

6 May 2009 8:27am

Sarah from Suisse, Switzerland

WOW! The yellow bits look like they're floating in the air! Wonderful execution of this shot - bravo!!

6 May 2009 9:28am

@Sarah: Sarah, thank you; you are too kind.

xavier cardell from menorca-barcelona, Spain

You got a really interesting photo here, The focus point and the DOF make this capture unique

6 May 2009 9:36am

Mathilde Collot from Fontainebleau, France

The blue star! the superposition of the pistil on the petal is superb! Strong point of the image!

6 May 2009 9:44am

@Mathilde Collot: Thank you.

Craig from Vacaville, California, United States

Beautiful! If I was a bee, I'd land on that!

6 May 2009 11:22am

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

Wow, the anthers just POP, Jack ... I posted them today also!

Re: yesterday's shot, you just didn't have your hair slicked back, that's all! :D

6 May 2009 11:28am

@Judy: One of the joys of getting older is letting go of vanity. Actually I love it because it is a shot of me doing what I love.

Elora from Genoa, Italy

Absolutely lovely! The yellow just pops at you!

6 May 2009 11:49am

Lesley from Lincoln, United States

Absolutely fantastic shot, Jack. The pollen looks like it's floating above the petals. Gorgeous shot.
Fun photo yesterday, btw. :)

6 May 2009 11:49am

@Lesley: Thanks, Les. Love your tulip series.

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

Really pushing the limits of doF. Really beautiful shot.

6 May 2009 12:21pm

Peggy M. from somewhere in, France

wow, what a fantastic blue ! This flower is a queen of beauty ! Thanks for this view my friend ! ;)

6 May 2009 12:27pm

Marie-Hélène Ammor from Casablanca/Paris, Morocco

Exquisite photo !! The yellow seems to fly over this blue !

6 May 2009 12:34pm

@Marie-Hélène Ammor: Thank you.

Lee from Fort Frances Ontario, Canada

You have shown this flower proud. A grand shot.

6 May 2009 12:35pm

@Lee: Thank you, Lee.

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld (Old Pembroke Dock boy,Wales), Germany

Wow !! Stunning DOF !!

6 May 2009 1:28pm

Onlymehdi from Wayne, United States

Great shot, amazing composition

6 May 2009 1:34pm

@Onlymehdi: Thank you.

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

striking color!! wow!! the 6 points are truly captivating!! beautiful color contrasts too!!

6 May 2009 1:44pm

@dj.tigersprout: Thanks, DJ.

Scott Schilling from San Martin, United States

This is amazing with the focus point! Great work and a ton of visual interest for me on this!

6 May 2009 1:55pm

@Scott Schilling: Thanks, Scott.

Betty from New Jersey, United States

Stunning colors! Really well done!

6 May 2009 2:18pm

@Betty: Thank you, Betty.

Yvonne S. from Tilburg, Netherlands

Beautiful colors, i love it!!

6 May 2009 2:22pm

Mariana from waterloo, Canada

Gorgeous ! Blue Melody !

6 May 2009 2:25pm

@Mariana: Thank you.

Don from spokane, United States

A gorgeous flower with its vivid color and detail. This shot makes a strong impact. Well done.

6 May 2009 2:54pm

@Don: Thanks, Don.

Scott Schilling from San Martin, United States

Jack, I got your note - thanks for the comment and congratulations on having one of your great photographs chosen!! That is awesome and keep up the great work!

6 May 2009 3:49pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

Wonderful color. The focus on the little tips, only, is rather bothersome, but interesting...

6 May 2009 3:54pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

A sizzling color!

6 May 2009 4:17pm

MEC from Setúbal, Portugal

Beautiful blue!

6 May 2009 5:14pm

Ajay from Pune, India

That is just a super amazing shot. The small yellow things are almost giving the feeling of something flying in circle over the petals.

6 May 2009 5:19pm

@Ajay: Thanks, Ajay.

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Your title says it all!!! Fantastic macro shot....colors are so brilliant......
are you having a problem looking at your responses? Mine don't show up, only the comments I made....

6 May 2009 5:29pm

Isabelle from Liège, Belgium

Stunning flower ! Very colorful !

6 May 2009 5:45pm

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Superbes couleurs pour cette belle étoiles

6 May 2009 5:53pm

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

wow ! what fantastic vivid colours ! nice angle of view and dof. ( very confortable office in your about ;-)) )

6 May 2009 5:58pm

Didier DE ZAN from somewhere, France

Very beautiful macro !!

6 May 2009 6:59pm

Sarah Schneider Photography from Lancaster, United States

Oooooh..very lovely! =)

6 May 2009 6:59pm

Marina Pesic from Braunschweig, Germany

Wonderful one, indeed! so much beauty in such a simple flower...

6 May 2009 7:22pm

@Marina Pesic: Thank you, Marina.

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

nice macro shot ,wonderful colors flower !
friendly ! jack

6 May 2009 7:59pm

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Very dynamic colours , outstanding macro.

6 May 2009 8:10pm

ninni from Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Wonderful macro Jack! In yellow and blue, just like the swedish flag:) The yellow colour just pops out!

6 May 2009 8:22pm

@ninni: Thanks, Ninni.

kerfendal from Paris, France

incredible the intensity of the yellow stains

6 May 2009 8:56pm

@kerfendal: Thanks, Max.

Veronelle from Lens, France

romantic your flower closeup

6 May 2009 9:07pm

@Veronelle: I like "romantic"; thanks.

[email protected] from Paris, France

You said it : Exxxxxxquisite ! And happy flower too, i just love her smile :)

6 May 2009 9:51pm

@[email protected]: How kind; thanks, Karine.

Francesc B. from région parisienne, France

Exquisite, or Terrific... or Both ! marvelous light and colors... the flashy yellows are incredible !!!

6 May 2009 10:22pm

@Francesc B.: Thank you.

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

Beautiful picture with great color contrast. Excellent!
Thank you very much for your mail. I am OK, just lacking a bit of time...

6 May 2009 10:58pm

[email protected] Gilles Martineau from Granby, Québec, Canada

I like the compo of those yellow stamens floating over the flower!

7 May 2009 12:34am

Michael from Deer Park, United States

IMPRESSIVE! amazing shot! perfect DOF for this image.
nice work!

7 May 2009 1:11am

@Michael: Thanks, Michael.

willow from Chelsea, United States

Exquisite indeed - both the blue and the yellow which seems to pop out of the screen.

7 May 2009 1:43am

PD from Overland Park, Kansas, United States

The yellow (stamens ??) seem to be orbiting free around the flower. great color

7 May 2009 2:25am

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

Wow! I could not believe what I saw when I first opened this up! Stunning work! Five stars :)

7 May 2009 3:01am

amy from Nanaimo, BC, Canada

Jack!!! It's like they're floating above the petals... Fantastic!!!

7 May 2009 3:37am

Vachel from Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

exquisite!lovely flower...

7 May 2009 3:49am

JamesC from portland, United States

Fun! Like the thin, shallow depth of field.

7 May 2009 5:00am

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Wow! Love the 3D effect!!! The colours are fabulous. Well done! :)

7 May 2009 5:01am

Diane Schuller from Hythe, Canada

stunning and I agree with Magda about the 3D effect

7 May 2009 4:12pm

Celeb from Madrid, Spain

Very nice composition and colours !!!. I like it...

7 May 2009 7:23pm

dkc from Xanthi, Greece

Wow..Spectacular control of DOF! Great macro photo with very nice colours too!

7 May 2009 7:46pm

@dkc: Thank you.

jamesy from christchurch, New Zealand

awesome shot looks like the yellow pollen is floating in front of the flower and not attached

7 May 2009 10:09pm

@jamesy: Thanks, Jamesy.

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada instant fave..lovely

8 May 2009 5:15am

@StarCosmosBleu: Thank you.

Daniel from Kenmare, United States


8 May 2009 2:32pm

Véro from Peisey-Nancroix, France

exquisite choice of aperture and colours !

9 May 2009 6:46am

Anita from West Nottingham, United States

You look much more relaxed in the "about" photo. :-) Nice to see your work area.
Gorgeous blue!

9 May 2009 11:58am

shallowregret from Kongsberg, Norway

perfect dof, great color

12 May 2009 8:41pm