Daffodil

Surely nothing heralds more the coming of Spring than these cheerful daffodils. This variety is new to my garden and I’ve been so looking forward to them flowering!

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Heart of a Daffodil!

These beetles seem to just love the pollen from the daffodil.

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Technical Details

ISO200, f/11, 1/60
Nikon D7000 with Sigma 105mm f/2.8 lens
Post-processed in Adobe Lightroom CC

Daffodil 2015 #1

Every spring I try to take pictures of Daffoldils, which to me are the surest sign yet that the cold, wet and miserable winters are truly behind us and a (ever hopeful) good summer is to follow. The following photo was shot in daylight using a flash and high aperture to achieve a black background and enough depth of field to cover the whole flower!
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Technical Details
Nikon D7000 with 105mm Sigma f/2.8 macro lens
ISO200, f/10, 1/250 second, built-in flash
Processed in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

Spring – Daffodils!!

This looks likely to be the most christmas-like Easter here in England this year. Snowfall this week and more expected over the Easter weekend make it hard to believe that spring is actually here. These daffodils from my garden are proof that, whilst we may not think of spring, the plants have certainly made up their minds.

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External SB600 flash from left of picture. 1/250 f/3.3 ISO200
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External flash from underneath. 1/250, f/14, ISO200
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Closer still. External SB600 flash under-lit. 1/160, f/14, ISO200. Sharpened with NIK Software.

All these pictures taken outside at dusk. The black background in the photographs are a result of using an external flash combined with a high aperture setting. Final black corrections in Adobe LightRoom applied to create a fully dark background.

 

Daffodil – on black

I know this is the middle of winter!! Just to cheer us up and to look forward to the lazy days of spring and summer, here’s a lovely daffodil on a black background.

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Technical Details:

Nikon D80
Sigma 105mm f/2.8 macro lens
SB600 Speedlight External flash
f/4.6 1/2500 ISO200
Processed in Adobe Lightroom4.1

 

Daffodil on black

I know it is strange to talk about spring blooms in the dreary days of autumn! I came across this picture in my collection taken earlier this year and thought it would offer a chance for us facing shorter days, cold and rain to cheer up with thoughts of spring!

Daffodil against a dark background. Click to see a larger image.

Technical details:

Nikon D80
Sigma 105mm f/2.8 macro lens
1/3200 f/7.1
External SB-600 speedlight flash used.
post-processed in Adobe LightRoom 4.1