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Pink Original

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

More variations on a theme. This is the original.

CORRECTION - the correct name for the flowers the previous three days is Snowflakes, not Snowdrops.


There are lots of things you can do to improve your landscape photography. Here are my five favorites tips.

Use A Tripod

It forces you to slow down and be more contemplative about your shot. The tripod also has the advantage of stabilizing the camera/lens so you can get a sharp shot.

Include A Strong Foreground Or Foreground Object

If you look at the landscape photography of the greats like Ansel Adams, you’ll note they often include a prominent foreground object to add depth to the image.

Don’t Be Afraid Of Weather

Some of the best images are made on cloudy, rainy, foggy or snowy days. Don’t be afraid to go shooting in the weather. Protect your gear and yourself, but go out and shoot.

Golden Hour Is Really Golden

The hours around sunset and sunrise are golden hours for landscape shooters. The sun is low in the sky around these times and the shadows and color, as well as direction of the light are never better than they are at sunrise or sunset.

Shoot Wide

If you’re a dedicated landscape shooter you need access to a very wide-angle lens so you can do those compelling low-to-the-ground shots. Add the strong foreground object and a wide lens lets the viewer take in the whole scene.

NIKON D700 1/200 second F/8.0 ISO 800 150 mm (35mm equiv.)

Leena from Joensuu, Finland

Beautiful spring you have there and those flowers today are so fresh and clear.

21 Apr 2010 5:19am

Marie LC from Dauphiné, France

joli bouquet de printemps Jack !

21 Apr 2010 5:28am

Sof from Neuchâtel, Switzerland

J'aime ces signes du printemps

21 Apr 2010 5:30am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

beautifully done, very sharp petals ;)

21 Apr 2010 5:41am

behrouz from Tehran, Iran

beautiful colors
beautiful flowers
nice shot

21 Apr 2010 5:52am

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

These pink blossoms against the very dark background and
cuddled by the limey green are just so lovely and refreshing.

21 Apr 2010 6:05am

Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Good morning to a great master of photography and loves taking pictures of landscapes. Make it clear that everything goes well! Friend thank you very much for this good lesson and advice. I take good note of them all. I was excited to recall my father, a lover of landscapes. Some things you say he said to me too. A day well spent ... also presented with a magnificent and delicate flowers. Thank you very much for the lesson and many kisses from your student Adela ... across the world! Very close but very close! Adela

21 Apr 2010 6:23am

Annie Viguié from Bordeaux, France

Just opened...

21 Apr 2010 6:31am

oncho from granada, Spain

Beautiful colors and flowers, great shot

21 Apr 2010 7:21am

MrsAmber from West Wickham, United Kingdom

Perfect pinks captured beautifully.

21 Apr 2010 7:38am

Nicholas from Shah Alam, Malaysia

Love the pinks :D

21 Apr 2010 8:30am

MK from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

May be i like this one best of all. Thanks for the useful tips. Its lightning n thunder outside but may be i shud brave it after all.

21 Apr 2010 8:40am

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

A very beautiful original shot. Lovely colours and detail.
Thanks so much for the landscape tips. Personally I tend to get so "into" the mood when I go out with my camera that I sometimes "forget" the basics. Thanks for the reminder and you've said it so well. I'm going to print it and put up against the wall in my study.

21 Apr 2010 8:41am

Peggy M. from somewhere in, France

J'aime ta délicatesse Jack, c'est superbe !

21 Apr 2010 9:16am

Anneka from Bray, Ireland

Nice shot and liked the result of yesterday's experiment.
I'm not sure how much I like the manipulation of images but I like what you did.
Saving your landscape tips, thanks - all new to me.

21 Apr 2010 9:22am

@Anneka: The Detail Stylizer effect yesterday was Silly Tuesday fun. I believe that we photographers need to play and experiment way more than we do.

Zora Zoé - sichtbar fotogrativ from Berlin, Germany

Wow, what a superb shot, John4Jack - DOF and detail: just amazing!! :-) *****

21 Apr 2010 9:25am

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

Lovely pink flowers.

21 Apr 2010 9:32am

Mhélène from Paris, France

Very beautiful pink and white !

21 Apr 2010 9:36am

pixator from kerman, Iran

Nice color§ nice shot.

21 Apr 2010 10:10am

Marleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

Pretty and fragile!
Loved your previous pp's- very creatively done:-)
And thx for the landscape tips;-)

21 Apr 2010 11:20am

Luca Bobbiesi from Milano, Italy

beautiful pink

21 Apr 2010 12:14pm

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

The light and colors are divine!

21 Apr 2010 1:02pm

Barbara from Florida, United States

Lovely light and shades of pink. Your image makes me feel they are fragile, as all of nature is.

21 Apr 2010 1:10pm

@Barbara: Part of the paradox of life is that it is so fragile and so strong at the same time.

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

sweet sweet delicacy, I love this nature delight ;)

21 Apr 2010 1:11pm

JJ from Jersey City, United States

Such pretty and delicate flowers, lookign forward to see what you create with them, thanks for copying those tips, have noted them down

21 Apr 2010 1:13pm

@JJ: Much more subtle this time around.

Bettina from United States

Beautifiul virgin blossoms in delicate colors. I look forward to your variations! And I appreciate your text. Very interesting. Thank you! :)

21 Apr 2010 1:41pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

Sweet shot, Jack. Can't wait to see what you do to this one.

21 Apr 2010 1:51pm

@LauraS: Nothing outrageous this go-around.

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Beautiful ! Pink blossom against dark background looks great !

21 Apr 2010 1:53pm

Amir Taheri Kondar from Bandar Abbas, Iran

lovely flowres !

21 Apr 2010 2:50pm

Don from spokane, United States

A beautiful flower image. I like the way the flower flows across the image. The suggestions are excellent and make a very useful reminder! Now where did I put my tripod?

21 Apr 2010 2:53pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Sweet light and delicate colors. Love it.

21 Apr 2010 3:18pm

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Such softness here again ,john4jack...beautiful capture...great light and colors

21 Apr 2010 3:29pm

Jaap from Friesland, Netherlands

A nice and subtile image, nice colors and details.

21 Apr 2010 5:54pm

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Très belle image, les couleurs sont superbes!

21 Apr 2010 5:58pm

tataray from St Laurs, France

Wow. Superbe !....
Merci pour les conseils.
Bonnes soirée.

21 Apr 2010 6:41pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Beautifully shot !

21 Apr 2010 6:55pm

kate from lincolnshire, United Kingdom

Superbly beautiful:)!!~~

21 Apr 2010 7:34pm

Gary from Cochise County, United States

Your use of light and color is impeccable.

21 Apr 2010 7:37pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

So pretty.

21 Apr 2010 7:47pm

hgmartins photography from Ontario, GTA, Canada

Hi Jack! I see your passion is flours and i must say you make a good job in showing it! Very cool shots!

21 Apr 2010 8:35pm

@hgmartins photography: You are right about flowers being my passion. So we are in a high holy season!! :))

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

Beautiful flowers, so delicate !!

22 Apr 2010 1:13am

PD from Overland Park, Kansas, United States

Nice details on these little flowers!

22 Apr 2010 1:52am

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Thanks for the tips. Another lovely shot.

22 Apr 2010 1:52am

Sriraam Kalingarayar from Chennai, India

Hi.. Beautiful picture.. Nice colours and great contrast.. Was just wondering why you used a high ISO ? Any specific reason ?

22 Apr 2010 3:36am

@Sriraam Kalingarayar: Because I wanted the shutter speed and aperture that I used. No problem with noise on a D700.

k@ from Paris, France

I guess i prefer the original (like in everything, that's a philosophy i'm afraid ;) Lovely !

22 Apr 2010 8:04pm