Cora Rosenhaft  

Tulip Poplar Bloom by Cora Rosenhaft

June 2020 - Tulip Poplar Bloom

About the Image(s)

I have recently been trying to find new pictures in my own backyard (literally). One afternoon as I was wandering around I noticed that the tulip poplar was in bloom. I don't always notice the flowers because they are mostly green flowers and they appear at the same time as the leaves. The tree is also pretty big and many of the flowers are much to high up to get a good look at. Since I had nothing else to do that day, I decided to try to get a close shot of one of the flowers. I was using my macro (90mm) lens (since originally I was trying to take pictures of insects in the yard) and I found a couple blossoms that were far enough down for me to get close to. The biggest challenge I had was that it was a bit windy for macro work. It took a bit of patience waiting for the subject to be still enough for a shot.

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3 comments posted

Alan Kiecker   Alan Kiecker
Cora - you have been doing the exact same thing as I -- macro around the home. You have succeeded in capturing a beautiful subject. I have not done as well. And yes, the slightest breeze can be a huge problem causing motion of the subject. This makes it impossible to attempt focus stacking outdoors, which I have been experimenting with.

Anyway, on to your image - I really like it! The composition is perfect, coming up from the lower left. It may be a bit soft, but it adds to the mood of the overall photo. I would think it would do well in a club competition.

As to small critters in the garden - butterflies, bees, etc - you might try a longer lens. Some of the longer zooms focus quite close. The Nikon 80-400 and Canon 100-400 are both quite popular with my club members for that type of work.   Posted: 06/10/2020 16:10:03

Graham Fisher   Graham Fisher
I really like the colors in this photo and there appear to be a nice bokeh behind the main subject. combined they give a very pleasing effect.
I agree with your comments about the wind. I have not been particularly successful in my macro attempts. It can be difficult just as you and Alan have commented. Also, like Alan, I have found using a longer lens for insects , spiders and the like is easier. My 105mm macro lens needs to be too close.   Posted: 06/21/2020 13:57:57

JoAnne Rolle   JoAnne Rolle
Cora, I always enjoy your macro photos and thank you for sharing another one. I echo the others, the composition excellent, the colors are brilliant and there is almost a fantasy-like illusion of a different world. Well-done!   Posted: 06/30/2020 00:47:01