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Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 6 May 2009 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

I've been trying some close-up photography recently which I'm finding much harder than the usual landscape and architectural type photos that I normally produce.

Compositionally, this kind of photography doesn't come easily for me with but we all get lucky from time to time and here's one that I'm pleased with.

For those of you are who are interested in the technical side of things, the photo was taken using a Nikon 105mm f2.8VR Micro lens. It was photographed in RAW like all my shots and processed using 'Capture NX2' and Photoshop CS3 mainly adding extra contrast.


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NIKON D40 1/80 second F/8.0 ISO 200 157 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Jean-François from Les Issambres, France

formidablement artistique ! quelle poésie !

6 May 2009 5:46am

@Jean-François: Thanks Jean-François!

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

It's a good lense the 105 and gives a little more on the crop sensor. The color is smashing! best...jerry

ps mowed mine down today : ]

6 May 2009 5:48am

@ordinaryimages: Thanks Jerry.....yes, it's a lovely lens which works well for portraits too.

Mirko Herzner from Germany

Wow. An impressive shot from a completly different area ... Love the colors here as well as all those fine details.

6 May 2009 6:16am

@Mirko Herzner: Thanks Mirko!

jpla from St Barthélémy d'Anjou, France

J'aime beaucoup ! Jolie macro.

6 May 2009 7:40am

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Wow! Gorgeous macro. The clarity, colour and framing are outstanding!

6 May 2009 7:40am

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

Oh, what a beautiful shot, well done!

6 May 2009 8:02am

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Beautiful capture!
My biggest enemy when doing macro shots is the wind, moving targets and macro photography are a bad match.

6 May 2009 8:10am

Ravi from Bangalore, India

Stunning will be an under statement for this shot. Simply superb work. Everything is so perfect with this.

6 May 2009 8:54am

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

Its a great image Ian! Lovely rich colours and pleasing bokeh... congrats!

6 May 2009 8:58am

MaryB from Staffordshire, United Kingdom

MadScientist put me your way as we both have a Dandelion post today, and I'm glad he did, it's a beautiful image Ian.

6 May 2009 9:09am

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

I like that it is different than the "typical" dandelion shots most of us post - nice work

6 May 2009 10:14am

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Original and fabulous ;) Hi Ian!

6 May 2009 11:37am

Onlymehdi from Wayne, United States

Beautiful macro

6 May 2009 1:14pm

dj.tigersprout from New York City, USA, United States

brilliant work here Ian -- magical!! bravo!!

6 May 2009 1:46pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Beautiful delicacy and the interplay of colours and textures is just wonderful! So glad you're using your amazing talent to explore this new world! Look forward to seeing alot more... Happy shooting Ian.:-)

6 May 2009 1:47pm

Marie LC from Voiron, France

Absolument magnifique ! très beau travail.

6 May 2009 2:37pm

Stu from Kyoto, Japan

Oh Ian this is wonderful. Super clarity, colours and contrast.

6 May 2009 3:29pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Marvelous selective focus.

6 May 2009 4:45pm

ManuelaR from Hainburg (Frankfurt/Main), Germany

Amazing shot!

6 May 2009 5:15pm

Rui from Leiria, Portugal

Stunning. Brilliant macro Ian. Really magnificent.

6 May 2009 5:22pm

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Hello, Ian, great close-up and fantastic use of the DOF. The bokeh of the background is luminous and colorful, and the detail of the inflorescence very precise.

6 May 2009 6:20pm

amy from Nanaimo, BC, Canada

Brilliant dof, Ian!! Really a most beautiful macro.

7 May 2009 3:12am

Picture Box from Fishers, United States

I do have dandelion in my yard, but I don't think I could take this nice of a picture. I don't know what to say. Great, Brilliant, Wonderful, Marvelous. Nice Shot.

7 May 2009 3:15am

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

Ian, this is an impressive image! The detail is amazing and something that could not be seen by the naked eye. I'm impressed by the depth of field and your composition. Bravo!

7 May 2009 3:38am

SePp from Trier, Germany

very nice macro. like the light and dark bottom of the picture

7 May 2009 8:21am

Zing from Hamilton, New Zealand

Stunning macro, lovely details and colours!

7 May 2009 8:44am

Eleftheria from Athens, Greece

Great macro!

7 May 2009 11:40am

Veronelle from Lens, France

great capture

7 May 2009 12:30pm

Mariana from waterloo, Canada

Impressive image ! Very well done !

7 May 2009 1:23pm

Marcie from United States

Exquisite detail. WOW!

7 May 2009 5:02pm

Steve from Camdenton, United States

Nice shot...very well done!

8 May 2009 3:20am

Laura from Eindhoven, Netherlands

Great shot, I love the DOF!

8 May 2009 8:11am

Mike from Lichfield, United Kingdom

This is great Ian. The focusing is spot on and exactly where it should be and the dandelion stands out beautifully against the uncluttered green background.

9 May 2009 6:48am

1/80 second
ISO 200
157 mm (35mm equiv.)