Softly lighted Bougainvillea

© Bunny Snow

Softly lighted Bougainvillea

Uploaded: May 02, 2010


2 May 2010, 19:52:12 (just before sunset)
Camera Raw Image
f14@6.0 seconds, ISO 200
No flash
Custom White Balance in Camera
Focal length and Lens: 100.0mm f2.8L IS macro
Tripod, used timer and weighted tripod with 8 pound ankle weights.


For Kara: I was within 1.5 feet from the petals, the target of my focus. This is with the 100mm f2.8L IS Macro lens. Seems to me that my lesser expensive Canon 100mm f2.8 lens allowed me to get closer. I know that my (Nikon) Nikkor 105mm f2.8 allowed me to almost touch the tiny wildflowers I captured. But I'm still experimenting with this lens, as both my 50D and the lens were purchased the winter of 2009 and are still new to me.

Exif: F Number: 14, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 6/1 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 200, White balance: Manual white balance, FocalLength: 100.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 50D


Nikki McDonald level-classic May 02, 2010

What a beautiful floral capture, Bunny. The light, colors and detail are excellent and I just love it against the dark background. Exquisite. #1264816

Bunny Snow May 02, 2010

Thank you, Nikki, for your comments. The dark background was my hedge which was in shadow. I love open shade for both portraits and flowers as the colors are so much richer. Only the mosquitoes drove me indoors. #8584848

Kathy Coombs May 03, 2010

Very hard to capture this..great job! #8585155

Michelle Alton May 03, 2010

It has turned out beautifully, and the composition is luscious!

Whenever I see a bougainvillea, I cannot help but hear the wonderful song, "Lock Keeper" by the late Canadian folk singer and song writer, Stan Rogers. "She wears bougainvillea blossoms..."

It's a sad and gorgeous song! #8585220

Daniella Puente May 03, 2010

Wonderful close up detail Bunny, like very much the colors and the details in the textures, a beauty :) #8585680

Bunny Snow May 03, 2010

Thank you, Kathy, Michelle, and Daniella for your wonderful, well thought out comments. They mean so much to me.

I have had problems capturing bougainvillea, but the light was beautiful, the air was still for a change, and I did this with Kara in mind, because I don't yet know my lens (or camera for that matter) and by my taking notes, I learn and share with others.

Perhaps, with your approval and can do better with the judges at BP. ;-D

Thanks again. #8586266

Carol Eade level-addict May 03, 2010

Beautifully done, Bunny, the POV and composition are perfect! #8586373

Bunny Snow May 03, 2010

Thank you, Carol, for your wonderful comments. It means so much to me that a wonderful flower person, as you are has left such thoughtful comments. Perhaps, there is hope for me with this image. :-) #8586454

Kara L. Hendricks May 03, 2010

Beautiful... Thank you for all your info. Bunny... I appreciate every word... I do not know yet what route I will take... Judy K. is letting me try her 17-85mm.. With 500D close up... It will be considerably less expensive than the 100mm macro at this point... So I will let you know... I may buy her setup.. She said it worked well for her needs for quite a while and should work for the range I need... I hope to add many lenses someday!! #8586724

Donna La Mattino Pagakis May 04, 2010

Amazing detail, what a wonderful image Bunny!!! #8588394

Bunny Snow May 04, 2010

Thank you, Donna. #8588815

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