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All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up.
Lens: A50/2.8 Camera: K5 Photo Location: Hastie Natural Area, Knoxville ISO: 80 
Posted By: CreationBear, 03-23-2016, 05:45 PM

I thought I owed y'all a little better pictures of my spring blooms--divas that they were, they'd not woken up yet when I passed through last. A little different story, late this afternoon, sitting dead-red on f2.8 with my copy of Kerrowdown's "Femme Fatale..."


Bloodroot:





Trout Lily:





Windflower:





I'm still getting the feel for the aesthetics of close-up's like these--the A50/2.8 makes it a cinch to get creamy bokeh, but I'm starting to value more interesting backgrounds, especially those that catch part of the horizon like the last one.






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I do like the composition of these 3 shots and the softness appeals too.
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Thanks, that's quite a compliment coming from you. I would like to experiment with DOF a bit more--perhaps going as far as focus stacks--but right now dreamy/creamy seems to fit the subject.
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Especially like the trout lily. Such a small flower and, with its head hanging down, hard to capture. Well done.

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Such a small flower and, with its head hanging down

Ha, I definitely went through some contortions... FWIW, though, if you're doing a lot of "blooms," I definitely recommend a Uni-loc tripod with an articulating arm...a geared head like the Manfrotto 410 helps as well. Here's a video of the (even) heavier weight version--the "ground set" part is right at the end.


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Here's a video of the (even) heavier weight version
Thanks for the info.
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Nice photographs, and I know the challenge of getting the focus right on digital. Well done. I have the FA version of that lens, and love it.

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I know the challenge of getting the focus right on digital

Ha, especially under "Tennessee" conditions, which seems to mean lately setting up on a steep creek bank and wishing you had a prehensile tail.


Otherwise, the A50/2.8 is a 1:2 "macro" so it's quite a bit smaller than your FA version (lack of AF keeps the form factor reasonable as well, I guess.) Definitely like putting it through its paces this time of year, though!
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I really love that first one, the dreamy with the sharp stamen. The FA is a monster. I generally use it in manual, but it's not just optimized for that. I tried growing Bloodroot once, but the suburban rodents seemed to recognize it as haute cuisine.
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with my copy of Kerrowdown's "Femme Fatale..."
Aye she's one sweet lady and can certainly produce some stunning imagery in the right hands.
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I tried growing Bloodroot once

That's good to know--now that I've grubbed out most of the invasive amur honeysuckle from our lot, we've got plans for replanting natives. (On the downside, my wife is already talking about renting a trailer the weekend of the Ijams and UT Arboretum sale. )


BTW, true confession on the f2.8 business--totally by accident. I shoot my K-series lenses so much, I hit the Green Button out of force of habit, which on the chipped A50/2.8 sent whatever aperture I'd dialed-in back to wide-open.


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Aye she's one sweet lady

And such a diminutive lass at that!
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