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Front Yard Beauty

Posted by
john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 21 February 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

The crocuses are blooming like crazy all over our neighborhood. So I bumped a few photos that I already had plugged in. These were in our front yard. This one was shot with my G11 as Beau and I were heading out on a walk. Consequently I didn't get the bokeh that my 105mm macro produces.

HDR (important!) - No matter what your opinion on HDR, you owe it to yourself to go to Trey Ratcliff's website and watch his lecture to Google. It is absolutely superb. Even if you never, ever, use HDR, you will gain insights that are invaluable for your photography.

Canon PowerShot G11 1/60 second F/3.5 ISO 200 7 mm

Scott F. Schilling from San Martin, United States

Great light and I like the processing work on this and the framing is great also Jack!

21 Feb 2010 5:09am

@Scott F. Schilling: Thanks, Scott. I love your copyright font.

LauraS from Chico, United States

Very tasty shot, Jack. Love the colors.

21 Feb 2010 5:23am

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Amazing color, Jack.

21 Feb 2010 5:32am

Michael from Los Angeles, United States

Great macro shot. I love the color blue and the details on the flower petals.

21 Feb 2010 5:33am

MK from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

lovely colors n details. good one

21 Feb 2010 6:03am

*MЯG* from Tehran, Iran

dreamy and lovely capture
amazing blues !!!

21 Feb 2010 6:07am

PATRICK from miramas, France

wow amazing shot
just 5 stars !!!
have a good sunday

21 Feb 2010 6:21am

Manola from Bassens, France

quelle beauté!!!! carrément magnifique..I like very much.... !;-))))

21 Feb 2010 7:00am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Stunning color ! I like it very much ! Spring is just around the corner.

21 Feb 2010 7:13am

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

A beauty of a shot. You've caught such luminous color. It takes the breath away !
(Okay, you've piqued my curiosity. I hate HDR, but if I learn something that makes me
have more appreciation of it, and if I learn more about photography in general, then, I'm there.
I will check it out. Thanks, Jack.)

21 Feb 2010 7:34am

@Dulcie: The sections on how we see colors, on light, on composition, on left brain/right brain, on this being the decade of artistic expression will all interest you (I think).

Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Three crocusses an amazing blue color that only nature can invent! A photographer who was able to admire and collect them into an image that teaches us today and perhaps gives us to rejoice all the day? Thanks my dear Jack for so soft and elegant gift! Many kisses the color of your flowers! Adela

21 Feb 2010 8:07am

@Fonts: My goodness, Adela; it had always seemed to me that your kisses were "red" hot :))

Zora Zoé - sichtbar fotogrativ from Berlin, Germany

Sooo nice, John4Jack, a really heart-warmer in such wonderful colours - really touching my soul. The glowing is so absolutely fantastic - 5***** :-))

21 Feb 2010 8:16am

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

WOW!!! This is stunning! I love the vibrant colours and the composition is perfect. 5 stars for sure.

21 Feb 2010 8:21am

masoud from tehran, Iran

very beautiful shot !

21 Feb 2010 8:34am

Richard from Montferland, Netherlands

Great framing and processing Jack. I love the colors. In Holland aren´t any flowers jet in the gardens.

21 Feb 2010 9:01am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Wow lovely details in this sweet macro ! Great job :)

21 Feb 2010 9:11am

STEED from Gueret, France

Beat of spring !!!!! Thank's,Jack !!!

21 Feb 2010 9:17am

Patricia from Brecht, Belgium

Wow beautiful Lovely (✿◠‿◠)❤

21 Feb 2010 9:21am

Xerophytes from London, United Kingdom



21 Feb 2010 9:51am

Starenger from Iran

that's a unique shot I love the color,

21 Feb 2010 9:55am

Sylvie from entre Angers et Saumur, France

Colors are very nice. They are of croccus youngs, I have it in my garden, blue and yellow. Friendly.

21 Feb 2010 10:33am

MrsAmber from West Wickham, United Kingdom

Exquisite colours..a real sight to behold after the winter! Lovely!

21 Feb 2010 10:59am

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

Oh that´s stunning! Breathtaking colours, very beautiful!

21 Feb 2010 11:10am

oncho from granada, Spain

Bella y exquisita, bonitos colores

21 Feb 2010 12:24pm

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

vibrant colors !

21 Feb 2010 12:25pm

keith from killarney, Ireland

that is a seriously beautiful colour you have captured there Jack

21 Feb 2010 12:50pm

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

Okay, rub it in ... your springtime has begun and we're still cold down here in FL. :D
These are beautiful in color and composition!

21 Feb 2010 2:08pm

Don from spokane, United States

It's a fine close up with wonderful detail and rich colors. A fine flower shot. None have bloomed here as yet, but the day seems close with the warm days. However, this morning it dropped to 21.6 as I write this. Generally, we've been having barely freezing temperatures at night followed go 40s during the day.

21 Feb 2010 2:42pm

@Don: We've had a string of 60º days.

Yvon from Orleans, France

great macro capture, Jack

21 Feb 2010 3:20pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Beautiful closeup of these pretty flowers ! Great colors !

21 Feb 2010 3:25pm

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Incredibly beautiful! Made my day.

21 Feb 2010 3:38pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Beautiful shot Jack.......and thanks for mentioning Trey's talk.....I've noticed on the blog a few times, but hadn't gotten around to watching it yet.....Now, I'll make a point to do so!!! So when did you get the HDR bug....if I remember correctly, you didn't used to be a fan....??!!??

21 Feb 2010 3:51pm

@Susan: I have long used HDR for ranges of light that exceed the capture capacity of my camera. I tend toward what I would call the "realistic" end of the spectrum; most of the time, you can't tell that I used HDR. On occasion, I use HDR to give a photograph a little punch. If I create the so-called "HDR look," I generally convert it to B&W. I love HDR monochromes. And, most important, I am a big advocate of people doing what "they" like. When I make comments, I try to do it within what I think are the photographer's goals. And it ticks me off when people get so upset when someone tries something different. I refuse to be put in a box. (Next month I am going to run a series of three photographs; the first one is straight, the second is a one photo HDR of the same shot; and the third is a painterly version.) PS - After writing this, I went and created a B&W conversion of the HDR.

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Stunning Jack, you must be the first person in the northern hemisphere to be experiencing spring!

21 Feb 2010 3:55pm

Bonvilston from Cardiff, United Kingdom

Good frame and use of photoshop to bring out the colours and sharpness of the flowers. A masterpiece

21 Feb 2010 4:11pm

SOUL AFLAME from The bosom of Mother Nature, United Kingdom

Man, that is a beautiful shot, Jack.

21 Feb 2010 4:23pm

mohkum from Muscat, Oman

The light effects on those petals are simple superb! Good macro

21 Feb 2010 4:50pm

Florence from Paris, France

OMG ! Gorgeous colors, they look like 3D flowers, a lovely shot of great visual impact. For me ? Oh, thanks Jack, you're a gent ! :-)

21 Feb 2010 4:52pm

@Florence: An abundance of flowers and kisses for you, dear Florence!!

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

I look forward to your series next month.....and I'm happy to hear you're a fan of "individuality" !!!

21 Feb 2010 4:53pm

@Susan: If what you are doing pleases you, that's all that really matters!!

alex centrella from California, United States

wow..stunning color !

21 Feb 2010 5:27pm

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

so beautiful ,well done :)

21 Feb 2010 5:46pm

kisskool from Fontainebleau, France

magnific macro!

21 Feb 2010 5:49pm

QUIM from Lisboa, Portugal

A perfect Photo! GREAT!

21 Feb 2010 6:04pm

Jaap from Friesland, Netherlands

Super colors and great detail. Nice flowers.

21 Feb 2010 6:07pm

B.Held from Santa Fe, United States

this is completely wonderful

21 Feb 2010 6:17pm

KriKridesign from Cully, Switzerland

seem that everybody is impatient to see spring!

21 Feb 2010 6:29pm

PD from Overland Park, Kansas, United States

Great shot and processing! We have snow and freezing rain here today

21 Feb 2010 6:29pm

Foto-aksent from Binkom, Belgium

Very lovely flowers!

21 Feb 2010 7:03pm

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

I love the processing it has totally emphasized the contrast between the petals and the stamens. Beautiful:)

21 Feb 2010 7:14pm

tataray from St Laurs, France

Superbe. C'est magique !..

21 Feb 2010 8:34pm

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

the pretty blue flowers "light"!
regards, jack

21 Feb 2010 8:44pm

Gary from Cochise County, United States

You outdid yourself on this one, Jack. Exceptional work, and a good choice of frame. Just beautiful!!!!

21 Feb 2010 9:01pm

Lori Heizer from Rochester, United States

Simply gorgeous! I look forward to your "series" next month with straight, HDR, painted. I am just getting back into photography after a long, long break. Digital manipulation and how to do it effectively is new to me. I will check out the website you mentioned. Thanks!

21 Feb 2010 9:44pm

Mary from PA, United States

Stunning Jack!! But oh, You are making my case of spring fever get worse!! Our 20 some inches is slowly melting.....

21 Feb 2010 10:37pm

Self-Indulgence from Chicagoland, United States

Hey Jack.. frame ;) I like it on this one actually. It could be a lovely greeting card. The color is superb.

22 Feb 2010 1:14am

Charles Dastodd from Chicago, United States

wow, amazing capture! the color is unreal and the softness to it is a perfect touch. well done!

22 Feb 2010 2:20am

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

This glows. It's beautiful. I miss crocus since moving to Florida, at least the part where we live is just too warm and sandy for them to thrive.

22 Feb 2010 3:54am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

That is glorious colour.

22 Feb 2010 4:45am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Gorgeous. Love the colors and presentation.

22 Feb 2010 6:04pm

larans from Lund, Sweden

Wonderful light and colors. Really good processing and framing. I like this macro more than the two others coming. (Oh no , I´m not clairvoyant , I´m writing this on 23 Febr. :-) )

23 Feb 2010 5:57am

@larans: Give them your best shot first :))

Barbara from Oakland, United States

WowZers!!!! What a great series you are producing with these crocuses! The color just pops! What lens are you using that gives you 7 mm? Great frame as well. Beautiful! I see everyone else thnks so, too. You've gotten lots of great comments!

23 Feb 2010 6:11am

@Barbara: Thanks. For this, I was using a Canon G11 point and shoot.

k@ from Paris, France

Like 3 ladies in beautiful nightgown ! Lovely .

23 Feb 2010 9:29am

Chris Giovannis from Sydney, Australia

Lovely Colours!

24 Feb 2010 5:01am

bekkah from Pennsylvania, United States


24 Feb 2010 12:41pm

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Fantastic colors..a very beautiful lively

25 Feb 2010 6:03pm

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

The colour is AMAZING!!!!

27 Feb 2010 4:01am

amy from Nanaimo, BC, Canada

Jack!! This is so amazingly beautiful!! That colour is just breathtaking!

1 Mar 2010 3:27am

Anita from West Nottingham, United States

Very nice! Gorgeous color of Crocus. Nicely composed and processed.

6 Mar 2010 9:06am