Evening Primrose II – On Black

I went back to my Oenothera plant over the weekend and experimented with my SB600 speedlight in slave mode. These pictures were shot with the external flash roughly at right angles to the camera. The results are interesting!!

I didn’t have to work too hard to get a black background in either of these pictures due to the positioning of the external flash. I also notice that the colours are less harsh now that the light is not parallel to the lens. Compare with the earlier post on the same flowers.
Technical Data

1/160 f/9.0 (Top)
1/200 f/9.0
Nikon D80
105mm f/2.8 Sigma macro lens
SB-600 Speedlight Flash
Post-Processed in Adobe Lightroom 4.1
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Gazania – on black

Gazania‘s are native to south africa and are commonly grown in the UK as an annual. The lovely flowers light up any border with their profuse blooms and long flowering season. These gazania’s are from my garden in Cambridge.


Technical details:

Nikon D80
Sigma 105mm f/2.8 Macro Lens
1/100 f/18 with flash.
post-processed with Adobe Lightroom 4.1

Here’s hooking at you!

Here's hooking at you!
Articum sp. fruiting body.

Burdock (Genus Arctium) seeds with tenacious hooks that latch on to clothes and skin (I’m still getting some off my fleece jacket!). Traditionally dispersed by cattle. Apparently the roots of this thistle family are edible. Lots of medicinal properties according to Wikipedia.

Camera: Nikon D80 on full manual setting
Exposure: 1/400
Aperture: f6.3
ISO: 200
Lens: Sigma 105mm Macro.
Magnification Ratio: 1:2