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Diagonal Beauty

Posted by
john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 8 March 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

In the neighborhood. It's amazing how much less processing I need to do when I use a macro lens on my DSLR. With the G11, the processing on macro shots can be quite time consuming.

The following was in yesterday's Daily Om for Scorpios. I found it as appropriate for our photographic journey as for our personal journey. "Though it can be tempting to compare yourself to others, finding worth within is infinitely more fulfilling. The qualities that define you are not the same qualities that define others. When you examine your life in the context of your values, you take advantage of a wonderful opportunity to pay homage to yourself. In not comparing yourself to others, you avoid focusing on the traits you do not possess and can devote your attention to everything you like about yourself. Besides, at the end of the day, only your assessment of yourself is what matters. When you avoid comparing yourself to others today, you will learn that your value is something unique and unchangeable."

NIKON D700 1/320 second F/8.0 ISO 400 150 mm (35mm equiv.)

Annie Viguié from Bordeaux, France


8 Mar 2010 5:06am

Bettina from United States

Wow. How gorgeous. That just makes me happy to look at. Thank you.

8 Mar 2010 5:16am

Richard from Montferland, Netherlands

Beautiful shot Jack, love the colors. Spring is coming..

8 Mar 2010 5:27am

Barbara Kile from Ft. Worth, United States

Love this, Jack. A beauty to be sure!

8 Mar 2010 5:29am

jamesy from christchurch, New Zealand

absolutely stunning Jack a very special photo Your flowers are the best 5 stars from me

8 Mar 2010 6:03am

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Wow those blossoms are gorgeous - such a sharp focus on every individual little blossom. Beautiful

8 Mar 2010 6:05am

MK from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

beautiful individually, so much more in a bunch like that

8 Mar 2010 6:06am

Nicholas from Shah Alam, Malaysia

Excellent shot, lovely flowers :)

8 Mar 2010 6:16am

khadi from New Delhi, India

Just stunning!

8 Mar 2010 6:20am

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

Fantastic photo Jack! I like the way the bright pink flowers pop up from the dark background and the composition is just perfect!

8 Mar 2010 6:27am

Mathilde Collot from Fontainebleau, France

Compare themselves to others is to risk being unhappy. It is the torment and unnecessary frustration.
And this necklace is beautiful spring, tomorrow is soon! Good day Jack.

8 Mar 2010 6:36am

Glenn from New Orleans, United States

Love that cascade.

8 Mar 2010 6:39am

@Glenn: Your photograph on your website today is exquisite.

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

From corner to corner, a beautiful joyous branch of blossoms. Thank you for your wonderful work !!
The quote is marvelous...something to take to heart. :-)

8 Mar 2010 6:53am

Toni from Eastern Washington, United States

Really gorgeous, jack. As a Scorpian, I really like that horoscope! Excellent words for everyone.

8 Mar 2010 7:08am

PATRICK from miramas, France

just fantastic 5 stars!!!!!

8 Mar 2010 7:26am

oncho from granada, Spain

Bella diagonal de flores alegres

8 Mar 2010 7:37am

Zora Zoé - sichtbar fotogrativ from Berlin, Germany

So lovely, John4Jack :-) A really happy-maker - excellent done :-)

8 Mar 2010 8:00am

kate from lincolnshire, United Kingdom

this is just a stunner!!~~:)

8 Mar 2010 8:38am

Mhélène from Paris, France

A very very beautiful composition !

8 Mar 2010 8:49am

Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

... the end of the day! ... Evaluation of yourself ... Single, immutable value! .. A real lesson from a master of life! We agree friend! Today March 8, two photographers have agreed on what it means to live and be yourself. Thank you for these wonderful words ... a day that starts very well for me! The branch of pink flowers, simple and perfect is a great gift for the eyes and soul! Many kisses friend Jack! Adela

8 Mar 2010 8:59am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Perfecto composition, great details and colors. Congratulations!

8 Mar 2010 9:06am

theys from Charleroi, Belgium

Your photograph is really, superb!

8 Mar 2010 9:17am

mojtaba from zanjan, Iran

very nice
good shot

8 Mar 2010 9:29am

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

Oh my! I have to save up for a good macro lens. This is so very beautiful! I love the colours. The pink against the dark background is very beautiful. Great DOF. 5 stars for sure for this perfect shot.

8 Mar 2010 9:44am

Marie LC from Dauphiné, France

Gorgeous and delicious Jack. Love it !

8 Mar 2010 9:46am

Olivier from Hainaut, Belgium

wonderful pink...

8 Mar 2010 10:47am

Thomas from Querqueville, France

I'm so excited to see the apple and cherry blossoms here in Normandy. They are always so beautiful in the spring. Your photo is nicely done.

8 Mar 2010 11:08am

@Thomas: Thank you. I love the architecture on your site. It's beautifully photographed.

Bonvilston from Cardiff, United Kingdom

simple and beautiful. A subtle composition for this type of subject

8 Mar 2010 11:25am

Luca Bobbiesi from Milano, Italy

I really like the diagonal.

8 Mar 2010 11:50am

Jaap from Friesland, Netherlands

Great shot, nice detail and colors, excellent leading line.

8 Mar 2010 11:51am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

beautiful.. lovely composition and the dark background helps to bring out the colour..

8 Mar 2010 11:53am

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

Lovely picture, I like the black background!

8 Mar 2010 11:56am

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

This is really lovely ... I do like the diagonal line.

8 Mar 2010 12:03pm

Ajay from Pune, India

Such beauty!!! Worth putting on a wall.

8 Mar 2010 12:24pm

Johan Dierckx from Wijnegem, Belgium

Splendid image. Beautiful colours and framing. Bravo !

8 Mar 2010 1:14pm

chuck from valdosta,ga., United States

Everything about this is right ! No more said john4jack. Keep this up !

8 Mar 2010 2:13pm

Marleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

Delightful shot!
(the less needed pp the better--> more time for taking pics;-)))

8 Mar 2010 3:05pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Beautiful flower shot . great colors !

8 Mar 2010 3:12pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Exquisite! I love how the flowers almost float.

8 Mar 2010 3:35pm

B.Held from Santa Fe, United States

Fantastic use of colors and light. It’s exquisitely beautiful.

8 Mar 2010 3:38pm

JJ from Jersey City, United States

Such beautiful blossoms, but what got me more with your post today was the Daily OM, its very true and something to take on board

8 Mar 2010 3:41pm

Diane Schuller from Hythe, Canada

Lovely image Jack. The dark background really makes this pop -- it's art.
About your horoscope, the first thing I thought of was that I never compare myself to others. But I think that came from how cruel kids are in school when I was growing up so I tended to approach life in my own unique way -- still do :)

8 Mar 2010 3:42pm

@Diane Schuller: Thanks, Diane. On the quote, being an introvert makes it easier.

Don from spokane, United States

I like the angled arrangement you created with this beautiful blossoms. The crisp detail your DSLR produces is excellent for the minute parts of the blossoms. Very attractive image.

8 Mar 2010 3:49pm

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

I love that quote! Something I should remember more often! And this photograph is just perfect...I love the soft beauty, the delicate petals, and the color is so beautiful! I love how you concentrated on this one branch and it comes alive on my screen :)

8 Mar 2010 4:02pm

Bishop from Houston, United States

Lovely... you've managed to bring out the colors of the flowers very nicely! :)

8 Mar 2010 4:28pm

alex centrella from California, United States

it doesnt get any better than this ...wonderful !

8 Mar 2010 4:53pm

Garfield from Ancaster Ontario, Canada

The gentlest pink against a stark and dark background - powerful statement = spring!

8 Mar 2010 5:12pm

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Une composition florale de toute beauté! Superbe image! Bravo!

8 Mar 2010 5:56pm

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

Beautiful image! Well composed and sharp.

8 Mar 2010 6:02pm

sil from Italy

Gorgeous! Love the tones and composition!

8 Mar 2010 6:04pm

Yvonne Simons from Tilburg, Netherlands

Beautiful, the black background is perfect!!

8 Mar 2010 6:20pm

tataray from St Laurs, France

De toute beauté , belle compo.

8 Mar 2010 6:21pm

Yvon from Orleans, France

wonderful flowers, great capture, beautiful colors

8 Mar 2010 6:41pm

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

simple but most effective! beautiful tones!

8 Mar 2010 7:30pm

Robert Kruh from Slovenia

Just perfect composition! congrats

8 Mar 2010 7:46pm

kate from lincolnshire, United Kingdom


8 Mar 2010 7:49pm

Laur from Clermont-Ferrand, France

Superbe et merci pour ce morceau de printemps qui nous boude en France, ce matin encore la neige !

8 Mar 2010 8:01pm

@Laur: Sorry about the snow. However, I would love to have some of your incredible French light!!

*MЯG* from Tehran, Iran

lovely shot

8 Mar 2010 9:03pm

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

a fantastic image - great composition !

8 Mar 2010 9:28pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

So beautiful, Jack. I love the detail, and the background NOT competing. Nicely composed.

8 Mar 2010 9:44pm

k@ from Paris, France

Your title fits so perfectly this springful mood. Lovely, Jack*

8 Mar 2010 9:52pm

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

nice diagonal and sweet flowers !!
friendships ,jack !

8 Mar 2010 10:09pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Beautiful composition with great color, detail and contrast with the background.

8 Mar 2010 10:16pm

Self-Indulgence from Chicagoland, United States

Very nice Jack. Excellent clarity throughout, nice dof [if that is true dof and not a color block] and your color seems accurate to the eye. Well done.

8 Mar 2010 10:37pm

@Self-Indulgence: It's definitely DOF. I did need to do a little bit of clean-up with the background.

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, United States

Well done Jack...i really like the composition on this..that cascade from left to right is just perfect!!!!

8 Mar 2010 11:05pm

J.B from madrid, Spain

This looks as if it is taking from a painting.
the flowers are perfect. the clarity is perfect and the colours are outstanding.

8 Mar 2010 11:28pm

@J.B: Muchas gracias.

Charles Dastodd from Chicago, United States

absolutely beautiful!!! i love blossoms like these. well captured!

9 Mar 2010 12:14am

Stu from Scotland | Residing in Kyoto, Japan

gorgeous colours and diagonal composition!

9 Mar 2010 12:53am

Self-Indulgence from Chicagoland, United States

Most excellent then!

9 Mar 2010 1:31am

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Beautiful! The dark background really makes them stand out.

9 Mar 2010 2:51am

Lori from Michigan, United States

striking framing, nice job!

9 Mar 2010 3:21am

SOUL AFLAME from The bosom of Mother Nature, United Kingdom

Utterly beautiful

9 Mar 2010 4:28am

masoud from tehran, Iran

very beautiful spring shot , gorgeous work

9 Mar 2010 4:49am

Joanne from United States

Stunning - a very fine piece of art!

9 Mar 2010 5:04am

@Joanne: Thank you. You have a lovely website.

Manola from Bassens, France

very beautiful...;-))))))))))))))))

9 Mar 2010 5:14am

Chris Giovannis from Sydney, Australia

Awesome Shot!

9 Mar 2010 5:26am

Sof from Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Vraiment très beau

9 Mar 2010 6:15am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Nice spring shot !

9 Mar 2010 1:28pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Simple! Gorgeous!!! Bravo!

9 Mar 2010 5:11pm

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

Beautiful pink flowers on the dark background.

10 Mar 2010 12:57am

amy from Nanaimo, BC, Canada


10 Mar 2010 2:53am

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Superb shot...excellent light and color

10 Mar 2010 5:19pm

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

A splendid presentation of this all blooms branch!

11 Mar 2010 8:57am

Barbara from Florida, United States

Outstanding in every way. Beautiful colors and composition. I like how the flowers are isolated with the black background. Superb photo, Jack.
I agree about the macro lens. My 50 mm has incredible clarity.
The words you've posted are valuable. It is so important to honor yourself.
Thank you for your inspiration and beautiful photography.

13 Mar 2010 3:14pm

Marie from FRESNES, France

très belles, ces couleurs.

14 Mar 2010 2:32pm

Anita from West Nottingham, United States

Well done! I'm catching up with your blog, looking but not commenting on all.

11 Apr 2010 4:44pm

aubelia from Courtrai, Belgium

Very nice!

7 Jan 2011 10:08am

Lilibeau from NY, United States

wow! It's so beautiful!! Superb shot....

16 Jun 2013 7:37am

Anita from West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States

Beautiful composition with the flowers gracefully making a diagonal. Lovely how they stand out against the dark bg.

23 Jun 2013 8:52pm