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Posted by
john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 26 July 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

This was taken on the walk to pick up Fiona from pre-school. They have been in great abundance in our neighborhood.

POSTING EVERY DAY - I do it for a number of reasons. First, and primarily, I think that it is a good discipline. It is an assist against laziness. Then, I think that posting every day keeps us more in touch with each other. I have come to value the people more than the photography on Am3. And I think that exposing our less than optimal work provides an opportunity for learning from the comments of others who see where we can grow. What I do know is that I have at most 10 photographs a year that are worthy of going on either my walls or an exhibit wall. In part, belonging to Am3, has significantly improved what I would include in those 10. It's interesting how what I thought was so fine even a year ago wouldn't begin to make my top 10 now. The major growth has been in my artistic sensitivity. And how I respond to the photographs of others is very similar to how I respond to my own. What constitutes quality photography has changed. It's not that I feel more judgmental; just the opposite. However, the photographs that touch me deeply certainly are different, and that is true both for my own and those of others.

NIKON D300 1/200 second F/4.5 ISO 400 157 mm (35mm equiv.)

rem_la from Villiers, France

il est superbe ce pistil !

26 Jul 2010 5:38am

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Gorgeous! Amazing three dimensional quality and those deep colors are fantastic.

26 Jul 2010 5:57am

STEED from Somewhere, France

"Sun in my Morning and my Sky,above"..........(Bee Gees)

26 Jul 2010 6:06am

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

Beautifully captured colors and detail Jack!!

26 Jul 2010 6:14am

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

Beautiful, vibrant tones many stamen on that flower. The intricacy here just boggles my mind.
I enjoyed reading your thoughts about posting. I agree, for me, too, for now, posting everyday seems important for a number of reasons. But I, too, feel that my really really good images are few and far between...the others are what David duChemin calls "sketch images" leading up to THE ONE. :-)

26 Jul 2010 6:14am

@Dulcie: I really appreciate duChemin's work. Furthermore, I think that some of his photographs are much better than others.

Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

A great reflection friend. I think you've hit the jackpot! (Colloquial Spanish that means more or less. You're absolutely right!) I think like you. The fact force you to submit an image a day is good exercise. The comments help in many ways. All interesting. Discuss peer educate a lot of technical and artistic look! Undoubtedly evolve without realizing it! Regarding personal changes ... is unquestionable. All artistic expression is subjected to personal changes and what was good yesterday, maybe today is not! So if I can say is that since I started in AM3 and I started looking pictures I have changed many things with your help! Your photos have always liked a lot! If something has changed you have the key! I do not tell you! I'm sure your pictures are great and very artistic. Sensitive and get my spirit! I imagine something very personal! The small yellow flower dotted with orange today is beautiful but it is also the pleasure to behold, to love ... and this is something different ... hard to find on the part of the photographed. We talk about feelings, to communicate and this is part of the concept of a work of art! A big hug teacher! Many kisses friend! Adela

26 Jul 2010 6:56am

Xerophytes from London, United Kingdom


The color is just so right! You The green on the background. Then the bright yellow. Then the strong red color!

26 Jul 2010 7:10am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Over the pictures you see their developments and it is true they are moving in the right direction is what is great :)) The flower as a solar flare is splendid. Good day.

26 Jul 2010 7:37am

MK from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

beautiful color contrast n details

26 Jul 2010 7:37am

Florence from Paris, France

A real fireworks Jack ! A blast, an explosion of colors !

26 Jul 2010 8:23am

Luis Rodrigues from Lisbon, Portugal

Beautifull flower, nice catch!

26 Jul 2010 9:01am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Beautifully done, I like the color and light of this flower

26 Jul 2010 9:23am

Sof from Neuchâtel, Switzerland

mgnifiques couleurs

26 Jul 2010 9:28am

Marie LC from France

Radiant as a sun !

26 Jul 2010 9:28am

Mhelene from Paris, France

Wow ...Great details and colors ! Beautiful !

26 Jul 2010 10:52am

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

A lovely write-up Jack, and I concur, and this again is to live for, dreamy, beautiful, feel good photo, bravo

26 Jul 2010 11:33am

tataray from france, France

Eclatant ... )) de beauté

26 Jul 2010 11:48am

Daniel from Kenmare, United States

great color & detail!

26 Jul 2010 12:14pm

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

This little flower is like a tiny firework! I love your thoughts about posting every day....I also feel that I have grown so much as a photographer in the past year....And I love to see what other people are doing with their photography!

26 Jul 2010 1:10pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

gorgeous processing :) beautiful ;)

26 Jul 2010 1:12pm

♏arleen from Netherlands

Wow, great capture of all these pretty pistils!

26 Jul 2010 1:13pm

Don from spokane, United States

A beautiful close up with very fine detail and rich color. Very well done.

26 Jul 2010 3:01pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

I'll say Tendrils - wow you really captured this wonderfully Jack - super excellent focus on the wishes - Denny

26 Jul 2010 3:22pm

Michael Rawluk from Canada

Oh, man. That is a sweet shot.

26 Jul 2010 4:37pm

Judy aka Ladybug from Brooksville, Florida, United States

Your flower is delightful ... what is it?
I like your text and your reasons for posting ... discipline is my #1, training my eyes to appreciate beauty of all kinds, growth, and learning what others see are all part of the equation.

26 Jul 2010 5:09pm

❀ Yvonne Simons ❀ from Tilburg, Netherlands

what a special flower, beautiful!

26 Jul 2010 5:40pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

I agree about posting every day. I started here as a place to share my photos with local friends, but learned that I so enjoy seeing what others are doing, and learning from them.

26 Jul 2010 6:27pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Uh Oh......I was thinking about cutting back to once every other day, but now you have me thinking again. I have lots to put up there, but I hate to put up junk. I will always endeavor to avoid that.On the other hand, one photag's jumk may be another photags "masterpiece." The analogy I like to use is that photographs are alot like music: skills, technique and talent are pretty key but if those elements are in place, it's still all left to the various interpretations coming from various mindsets. But I definitely agree with you and BArbara about the value of this marvelous thing we call Aminus3.

26 Jul 2010 7:00pm

Yvon from Orleans, France

Terrefic shot
wonderful macro

26 Jul 2010 7:45pm

jamesy from christchurch, New Zealand

AHHHH yellow sunlike, a breath of fresh air to our rotten grey winter days thankyou

26 Jul 2010 9:20pm

Paul from summerside, Canada

Nice colours

26 Jul 2010 10:07pm

Glen from Auckland, New Zealand

Great shot. The contrasting colours work so well!

26 Jul 2010 10:32pm

Becky from los angeles, United States

Stunning in every way.

26 Jul 2010 11:23pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

Nicely done! I really enjoy the depth in the middle of the flower, you have kept the detail -- hard to do.

26 Jul 2010 11:27pm

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

very gorgeous ,jack !
five stars !
friendships !

26 Jul 2010 11:59pm

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

What a beautiful, and interesting, looking flower. I love the bright yellow against the green.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts about "posting every day". Discipline is also one of the main reasons I post everyday, but it also forces me to go out and shoot on a regular basis to ensure I have a photo to post everyday. Since I joined Am3 I also learned (and am still learning) to appreciate other "styles" of photography and how other people see and experience things differently to me. And by viewing other blogs on a daily basis I feel I "stay in touch" with my Am3 friends. I am a visual learner and just by viewing others' work I learn every single day. Thanks to you for being one of these people :)

27 Jul 2010 12:13am

Isidro from Barcelona, Spain

magnifico macro de esta bonita flor, muy buena!

27 Jul 2010 2:12am

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

ZAPPP!!! These colors really pop.

27 Jul 2010 2:36am

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, United States

Beautiful and so realistic! Brilliant composition and light, softness, color, texture! This has it all!!!

27 Jul 2010 2:46am

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Quite an intriguing find with such rich colors!

27 Jul 2010 4:14am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Beautiful composition and lovely bright colors.

27 Jul 2010 10:38pm

Ajay from Pune, India

Nature is beautiful. And this becomes clear everyday in shots, Jack.

28 Jul 2010 1:05am

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

Beautiful detail!

29 Jul 2010 1:40am

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

wow! what beauty! excellent clarity

9 Aug 2010 5:14pm

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Marvelous..and great details...

19 Aug 2010 3:01am