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Lovely Sweetpeas

Posted by
john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 7 August 2009 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

A SPECIAL THANK YOU - I have mentioned this before, but think it worth mentioning again, there are two professional photographers on Am3, Gary Hart and Don Smith, who give mini tutorials with each of their posts. I for one profoundly appreciate their generosity. Along that same line, when people share their process in creating a final photograph, that often is very helpful. One more thing, and I am a terrible example of this, the more specific and descriptive that we can be with our comments, the more valuable those comments are. Part of the problem here is that to be reflective and thoughtful takes time; to do that while commenting on 60-70 photographs is just not possible. I'm always in a quandary when it comes to the community building vs. the photography. It is very difficult to find the time and energy for both. One could spend an 8 hr. work day on nothing but Am3.

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PATRICK from miramas, France

just excellent

7 Aug 2009 5:27am

kate from lincolnshire, United Kingdom

Stunning :) beautiful colours !!!

7 Aug 2009 5:57am

@kate: Thanks, Kate.

Sadaf Agah from tehran, Iran


7 Aug 2009 6:25am

Anina from Auckland, New Zealand

S T U N N I N G ! !
Great macro!
Love the colours, angle and composition - all spot-on!
Well done!

7 Aug 2009 6:32am

@Anina: Thanks, Anina.

Nicholas from Shah Alam, Malaysia

I love the details in here but on my monitor it looks a tad under. But it could be due to my monitor.

7 Aug 2009 7:05am

Marie-Hélène Ammor from Casablanca/Paris, Morocco

I like your framing ,the flowers are coming to us ,to show us their beauty? And you are right in your comment ,to comment takes time . We learn so many to see other photographs and exchanges with other are an important part of life but we can't comment everyday everywhere ,we must make choices !

7 Aug 2009 10:29am

@Marie-Hélène Ammor: The choices are difficult.

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

The background is as beautiful as the flower ... wonderful image!

7 Aug 2009 11:53am

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

You'er definitely right about being able to spend 8 hours out here a in the vein of your comment..... did you use focal point or similar software on this image? It's really beautiful.... I just wonder if the focus came "naturally" or not? And thanks for informing us on these 2 guys and their mini tutorials.... will definitely have to check them out!!

7 Aug 2009 11:58am

@Susan: Your in luck. Most of the time, when I finish in PS, I flatten the image and can't remember what I did. This one is still a psd file with all of the layers in tact. Yes, I did use Focal Point, and I also used the Darken/Lighten filter in Color Efex.

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

Very beautiful.

7 Aug 2009 12:33pm

P J W Miller from Chase Terrace, United Kingdom

Super colourful image

7 Aug 2009 12:39pm

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

Thanks, Jack, for your charming Sweet Pea image.

Now for your special thank you ... I follow Gary Hart and Don Smith and am amazed at what I am learning from their 'lessons' with each of their photos. Scott Schilling also does a fair bit of 'teaching/sharing' with his photos.
As for the "specific, descriptive" and sometimes critical comments, I tend to shy away from that for fear of offending, but I agree they are necessary if we are to grow in our photography.

7 Aug 2009 1:29pm

@Judy: If my memory is correct, Scott has worked with both Don and Gary; you certainly can see there style reflected in his outstanding photographs. If I have critical things to say, I send an email. I do think that it is possible to be specific and descriptive in our positive comments. My problem is with the time and the energy that it takes. Right now I have a stack of books and DVDs that I need to wade through, plus some online freebee tutorials. Jerry took the month of July off from commenting and responding, while still posting photographs. I think that I might do something like that.

Vachel from Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

beautiful flowers...

7 Aug 2009 1:45pm

don from Spokane, United States

I like the minute detail in the blossom and the inclusion of buds. The selective focus and blur help give strong emphasis to your subject. I agree about the difficulty of trying to comment adequately and still cover all the comment needed.

7 Aug 2009 1:47pm

@don: Thanks, Don.

LESLIE from norwich, United Kingdom

Great colors & detail . Well shot..... How do you find the G10 ?

7 Aug 2009 1:51pm

@LESLIE: I think that the G10 is an excellent P&S. If you up the ISO beyone 400, you do get noise.

Barbara from Florida, United States

Irresistable color and details of these sweet peas. It is the combination of the strength in your colors and soft focus backgrounds I have always admired in your images.
As I woke this morning and looked into my yard I noticed a beautiful new bloom in shades of pink, immediately I thought of your images.
You are right one about the 8 hour day at AM3. With time constraints these past few weeks I find spurts of time and devote it to the inspiring images by photographers on AM3. I have photo ideas and creative experiments to accomplish only motivated more by images here.
In this time of very short time I fall behind in visits and comments and do feel some guilt not being able to reply or comment immediately.

I do like to be honest in my opinions and give and accept critique more than I occassionally do.
A number of times I've viewed an image and want to give an in depth comment, I will return to it again.
I also find I tend to add a more involved comment if the photographer has more to say or guestion about his own image. It opens the door for me to express my own opinion.
I find your discussion on this topic just as valuable as an image comment.
Thank you Jack for your input on this.

7 Aug 2009 1:56pm

@Barbara: I find it easier to post something in the Commentary section of my blog. When I do that, I have had time for thought and reflection. Often what I say has percolated for several days.

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Lovely flowers, indeed !

Interesting thoughts about comments , Jack ! I could write a story about it , but it's better not to say anything ! Will tell you only this - I laugh very often when see generous comments on very bad pictures, with only intention to get a comment back . Some ( few ) people incredibly love comments and know that the only way to get 60 comments on every his( her) picture, no matter how good it is, is comment as more as possible !! You agree with this ?

7 Aug 2009 2:16pm

@MARIANA: Sad to say, I definitely agree with you. A problem that I have is that some of the people that I like the best are not always the best photographers. Just so we are clear, I think that you are a superb photographer. It boggles my mind the incredible work that you produce with a point and shoot camera. Each day I look forward to what you will share with us. You are very, very gifted.

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Another absolutely Divine Macro, I love it and I completely sympatise with you, I'm lucky like that I'm retired and in between my AM3, my blog my oh hum facebook, which occasionally I run away from 'cause I'm scared, it takes me a full day's work to go through everything, if I were working, well I wouldn't even have energy to post. So I think you're great.
PS I can't leave technical advice 'cause my photos are pure emotions, I'm moody. I look, I see, I shoot lol

7 Aug 2009 2:41pm

@Lorraine: Thanks, Lorraine. I've been retired for 12 yrs. and don't know how in the world working people keep up with Am3. I'm with you on the technological side of photography. I learn only what I need to learn to do what I want to do and to fulfill my vision. The major downside of digital photography for me is that it is so technically complex and sophisticated.

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

I would definitely miss you, if you took a month off from commenting, and responding!!! A quick hi every now and then would suffice.......
And I guessed right about the focal point.....but what did you "lighten/darken" with Color Efex? Is it something that could have been accomplished in Lightroom? Just curious, since I'm not familiar with Color Efex (oh no, hope it's not ANOTHER piece of software that i MUST have!!!)

7 Aug 2009 3:50pm

@Susan: Go to and take a look at their various filters. You can try out everything they have. Purchasing a bundle is much cheaper than getting the plug-ins individually. When you buy it for either PS or LR, it automatically is available without further charge for the other program. I use everything that Nik has.

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Very beautiful.

7 Aug 2009 3:51pm

kate from lincolnshire, United Kingdom

they are beautiful and georgous colours :)

7 Aug 2009 3:57pm

Vitor Martins from Lisboa, Portugal

This macro is great. The color is very nice.

7 Aug 2009 4:36pm

Dulcie from Danville, United States

An interesting dialogue on this image today, Jack. This Sweet Pea is vibrant and SOOOO clearly focused that I admire it very much, especially since my trials with this flower have been lackluster.

RE: true about the dilemma of time taken to comment thoughtfully. I have recently begun to be more conservative in my use of superlatives and explanation points. I realize it means I have to broaden my vocabulary and be more specific, and yep...that takes time. :-(

I do so value your remarks, however, so I too am hoping you are not too discouraged and that you will continue to give them. I do truly learn from specific critiques and feedback and welcome them. (OOOps, I almost used an explanation point at the end of that sentence.)

8 Aug 2009 2:08am

@Dulcie: Thanks, Dulcie.

Hema Iyer from Bangalore, India

Very beautiful shot. I agree with what you say. I have followed Don Smith's photo blogs and he has been very kind to give tips about photography. And I learn a lot from your photographs too....the bright colors, perfect light, great angle...thank you very much.

8 Aug 2009 2:59am

@Hema Iyer: Thank you.

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

I'm near speechless!
Jack, this is amazing!

8 Aug 2009 2:59am

@bluechameleon: Thanks, Sharon.

cindy brown from United States

Oh i wish I could do this!! Just beautiful!

8 Aug 2009 3:04am

@cindy brown: Thanks, Cindy.

Lee from Fort Frances Ontario, Canada

A great compositin Jack. I can see I need to update my software.

A person caould spend the full day on Am3, but then how would we ever acquire photos. I myself wish I could spend more time communicating how I obtained the shot. Comments are important to me, especially constructive criticism. Take care and keep up the great work.

8 Aug 2009 3:11am

@Lee: Thanks, Lee.

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

Ohhh...fantastic color!

8 Aug 2009 4:54am

@Pavan Kaul: Thank you.

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

I photographed this flower not long ago, but not with the same beauty, the colors were bland, this one is beautiful!
friendships jack!

8 Aug 2009 5:02am

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

nice composition !

8 Aug 2009 9:48pm