Goat's Beard

© Bob Cammarata

Goat's Beard

Ray Clarke 7/21/2007 2:17:18 AM

Wonderful macro capture Bob, great detail and dof!!!(R) #695746

Arlene Krassner 7/21/2007 2:33:10 AM

Bob this is lovely. #4534218

Donald K. Cherry 7/21/2007 2:42:11 AM

Terrific macro work, Bog! Excellent detail, light, DoF and PoV! #4534251

Aimee S. McMaster 7/21/2007 2:54:28 AM

...really lovely Bob...Aimee #4534283

Carla Metzler 7/21/2007 8:43:11 AM

What a beautiful capture, Bob! #4535345

Cheryl E. Molennor 7/21/2007 10:23:08 AM

Great image #4535682

Bob Cammarata 7/22/2007 12:24:55 PM

Thanks everyone for your nice comments.

For this macro, a flashlight was used to highlight the background while natural light provided the primary illumination.

The goat's beard plant, an impressive and sizable "cousin" to the dandelion will commonly produce seed clusters over 4" in diameter.
Their wispy seed parachutes are much larger and more defined than those of their smaller relatives.

Bob #4540243

Emile Abbott 8/27/2007 5:42:03 PM

Tried to capture them but never this well. Alway love your work and advise, Bob. #4707945

The Judges at BetterPhoto.com 8/27/2007 8:47:58 PM

How wonderful to see the magic of E-6 again! #4709546

Tamera S. Phillips 8/27/2007 8:48:50 PM

Congrats Bob. This is just beautiful. Gotta love the ol flashlight trick - I do it all the time. Good luck in the next round. #4709554

Christopher Budny 8/28/2007 12:47:26 PM

What a beauty; congratulations! #4712884

Bob Cammarata 8/28/2007 4:46:55 PM

Thanks Emile, "Judges", Tamera and Christopher.

The timing for finding these special plants when they actually go to seed is short lived. Whenever I'm fortunate to happen upon one in bloom I will try to allow some time photographing it.
A flashlight...in conjunction with ambient light, is something I often use to illuminate macro subjects.
More often than not I'll balance the light to the film with an 80-A lens filter taped to the flashlight head but using the auxillary light source un-filtered allows cool and warm tones to be displayed within the same frame.

E-6 (slide film) IS truly "magical"...and can also be quite challenging.
I think that's part of its allure.

Bob #4714078

Don Johnson 8/29/2007 9:06:32 AM

Beautiful. Dreamie-type quality. Wonderful image! #4718066

Colleen Farrell 8/29/2007 9:54:40 AM

Congratulations on this fantastic win, Bob! I appreciate your explanation of how you did it, too! #4718492

Christopher Budny 8/29/2007 10:44:23 AM

And another congratulations, for the gold! #4718776

Sharon Day 8/29/2007 11:33:43 AM

Simply gorgeous, Bob!!! Big congratulations on your win! #4719039

Revonda L. Gentry 8/29/2007 12:53:32 PM

Congratulations on this fantastic, win!! #4719412

Kay E. Mahoney 8/29/2007 1:21:27 PM

Congratulations on your second place winner. #4719636

Daniella Puente 8/29/2007 1:40:20 PM

Precious light, detail and exposure...congrats on this winner! #4719735

Donna W. Neal 8/29/2007 3:22:35 PM

Stunning winner and well deserved Bob! #4720201

RC Fritz 8/29/2007 3:46:47 PM

Wonderful image. Congratulations on your WINNER! #4720322

Bob Cammarata 8/29/2007 4:44:23 PM

Thanks everyone for your kind words!

Bob #4720571

Susan Fox 8/29/2007 5:28:28 PM

Beautifully done Bob! Congrats on your win :-)

Love the flashlight idea, may have to give that a try sometime. #4720743

Anna Diederich 8/29/2007 7:31:11 PM

This is stunning Bob! Congrats on your win! #4721238

Sylvia Rossler 8/29/2007 9:47:27 PM

Big congrats on your wonderful winner Bob :o) #4721712

Janine Russell 8/29/2007 10:19:41 PM

Bob, great detail, lighting and point of view; big congratulations on your Second Place Win! #4721838

Alison Krylowski 8/30/2007 10:06:23 AM

This is beautiful Bob. Congrats on your winner! #4724204

Bob Cammarata 8/30/2007 2:17:32 PM

Thanks Susan, Anna, Sylvia, Janine, Alison...and everyone else again.

I shot several versions of this goat's beard plant that day from different angles and with varied lighting techniques. This was the only one I scanned and posted because I really liked the way the warm tones of the background complimented the cool (bluer) parts of the seedlings.
This was the exact effect I was attempting to achieve at the scene.



Karen Bacon 9/1/2007 1:36:56 PM

A big congratulations on this outstanding winner Bob! #4733081

Bob Cammarata 9/1/2007 4:06:21 PM

Thanks Karen! #4733593

Sherrye Nozaki 9/24/2007 12:01:04 AM

Oh wow wow wow...absolutely outstanding in every way. I just truly love this. #4835214

Bob Cammarata 9/24/2007 4:46:27 PM

Thanks Sherrye! #4839918

Don Johnson 9/25/2007 5:58:28 AM

Congratulations! A well deserved win. #4843154

Alison Krylowski 9/25/2007 6:11:24 AM

Congratulations Bob! This is a beautiful winner! #4843261

Bob Cammarata 9/25/2007 2:58:24 PM

Thanks Don and Alison! #4845402

Patrick R. McMullen 10/22/2007 2:02:17 PM

Congratulations Bob! Great high key photo!
Pat #4962672

Bob Cammarata 10/23/2007 1:54:44 AM

Thanks Patrick! #4964906

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