Feb 21, 2011

Curiouser and Curiouser

The Cache Valley Photographers headed to USU on Saturday and spent a couple of hours photographing flora in the greenhouse.It was very fun, and, yes, very warm. 
When I was in Hong Kong last Fall I met a guy in a greenhouse there who was making some really gorgeous abstract closeups of the flowers there. He had the most expensive Nikon camera, the best macro lenses Nikon makes, and about a jillion dollars worth of tripod--here's a link to the complete list of his gear.

Well, this time around I had comparable equipment. Or at least a comparable camera/lens setup. See, from my point of view, 99% of the quality of your pictures comes from your lens and your ability to use it. The cheapest DSLR's make the nicest pictures when handled properly. So, with my camera which cost less than one fifth of what the other guy's did, I made some pictures to rival his, I think. And for the whole hour I shot in the greenhouse in Hong Kong, that guy didn't move. Well, now I understand: with that lens arrangement you don't have to move far to find a completely different composition and world of wonder. Bugs pop out of nowhere, and you can't even see them with your naked eye. 

So, in two hours at USU I made pictures of only about six flowers. But in those few I found so many fun things! This view of a pink pentstemon intrigued me with the apparent depth visible here--made me look for a vial labeled "Drink Me" so I could explore the other side.

There'll be more to come, but at this time of year I have to ration for Fridays...

Nikon D7000, 105mm f/2.8 VR Micro lens with 1.7x multiplier resulting in 180mm, f/13, 1/20s, ISO 200.


  1. Makes for a vivid abstract. Lovely.

  2. I have to tell you, I'm not a flower guy, But looking at your shots makes me wonder why. They are excellent!