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Trumpet Vine by Dick States

August 2020 - Trumpet Vine

August 2020 - Dick States


About the Image(s)

I found this Trumpet Vine growing in a local public garden in the town where I live. I knew if I could find the right group of buds with one or two flowers this could make a great image. Looked over the entire plant until I found something I thought would work. I found a cluster of buds with one flower open. I usually like to find a plant with the first flower open, this in my mind helps make the best image with the composition I want. This also prevents old flower bud scars, which are usually light in color, that draws the eye to these spots making a distraction.
The original image is a 10 image focus stack. I did not need that many shots being the flower was parallel with the cameras sensor. I love the leaves in this image, feel they add a lot to the image. I was very happy with this image and felt like I had my shot. I went back 24 hours later and things had changed. Now another flower was beginning to open which I found very interesting. Maybe this can be a better shot. So I rotated to the right so this yellow bud would show along side the open flower with the pistil and stamens in view. Now the flower had much more depth so I had to make the main image a 29 stack image. Now I have a problem. I don't know which image I like best. I feel both have their strengths. I would like your opinion on which one you like and why?
Taken with my 200mm macro lens,1/3 sec. exp. Exposure bias -1.7 stops, ISO 200, tripod, cable release and polarizer.

7 comments posted

Dr V G Mohanan Nair   Dr V G Mohanan Nair
(Groups 16 & 68)
Very nice images. The bright contrasting colors add to the image. The first image without stamens and pistil looks stronger to me with the green leaves following the red flower.   Posted: 08/01/2020 14:50:10
Dick States   Dick States
Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate your opinion. After I shot the image the second day with the stamens showing I thought I liked it best because of the added color of the stamens and the pistil. When I went back several days latter and looked at the images I began to change my mind. I really liked the detail in the leaves and the composition of the original image. Thanks for your input, I appreciate your comments.

  Posted: 08/01/2020 15:15:50

Sandra Irwin   Sandra Irwin
I like the 2nd one much, much more! I love seeing the "face" of the flower, and I really like seeing the lovely yellow bud making its debut. Are they the same flower that you cut, or is the second one a different flower from the same bush?   Posted: 08/02/2020 14:30:32
Dick States   Dick States
Thank you so much for your opinion. I think both have their strengths. Enjoyed your comments.
Both are the same group of buds, leaves and flower, just 24 hours apart and a little different angle. This is why it is so important to shoot from different angles if possible and pre visualize in your mind the image you want. Don't give up on a potential shot of plant life, it changes every day just like light changes every moment in time.   Posted: 08/02/2020 14:52:35

Janet DiMattia   Janet DiMattia
Both are wonderful, Dick!
Seeing them together really emphasizes the different moods two individual shots evoke. Your original one to me is more dramatic - leads me to wonder what is going to happen next. The main one is more peaceful and complete story in itself.
I cannot decide which one I prefer. I guess it just depends on what is going on in my mind at the time I look at them.
Unbelievably sharp with the focus stacking.
Such brilliant coloring also. Both are superb!   Posted: 08/02/2020 15:45:01
Dick States   Dick States
Thanks Janet, I appreciate your comments. They both seem to tell their own story and are unique in their own way.   Posted: 08/02/2020 15:51:03

Tracy Szela
Both images are very good. I like the lighting in both. The first image, I really like the way the leaves cradle the flower and lead you through the image. And the second image I really like how you can see into the flower. Is there a way to get the leaves to show in the second more like the first; so they are not behind the flower, but cradling it? That too would cover the stem a bit which is a little distracting due to how poker straight it is compared to the shapes of the flower and leaves.   Posted: 08/11/2020 20:28:06


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