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Green Thumb

 

Did I mention that Astrid loves to play with bulbs in the winter-time!

This is one of her 3 Amaryllis plants on our window sill.

(And I love to play with the oculus.)



Green Thumb

 

Did I mention that Astrid loves to play with bulbs in the winter-time!

This is one of her 3 Amaryllis plants on our window sill.

(And I love to play with the oculus.)



comments (49)

  • Emily
  • Canada
  • 30 Jan 2013, 00:41
This is a really interesting concept for a photo ... did you use a special lens to capture that image? It is pretty cool how you were able to capture your plants and make it so clear!

The image in the bulb also looks kind of like a fish eye effect ... I've always wanted to a lens like that cause i love the effect.
Ginnie Hart: In my outstretched left hand I am holding the oculus, Emily. In my right hand I'm holding my camera with the macro lens on (much lighter). It does have a fisheye effect, for sure. It's fun. Thanks.
This is a fantastic shot Ginnie! So beautiful - and the amaryllis is obviously happy with Astrid's green thumb!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Elizabeth. Every plant Astrid touches seems to be very happy! smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 30 Jan 2013, 06:17
What an interesting picture Ginnie

I just like playing: I'll stop when I grow up
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Chris...but please don't stop when you grow up. HA!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 30 Jan 2013, 06:49
Yes, I know Astrid has two green thumbs - and you are a wonderful photographer again! Only the fingers look a bit leathery like an red Indian hand. Lol at Chris!
Ginnie Hart: Astrid can make anything grow, Philine, and I'm the lucky one who gets to watch the fruits of her labor! (My fingers aren't leathery in real life...not yet, thankfully! smile )
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 30 Jan 2013, 07:30
Those amaryllis flowers were real treasures in the windowsill.
I have so much fun with them.
First to pick a colour, buy the bulb, plant it the right way and than slowly wait until small green 'thingys' grow from the bulb.
Day by day you see it growing taller.... flower-buts appear.....
Will it bloom today or tomorrow.....
And here I am enjoying your fabulous picture. Love that you played around with your oculus.
Just magic and that of the price of €3,30 ($4,46)
Ginnie Hart: At least you can say we both like to play, MLMA! grin Your bulb was €3,30 and my oculus was €4,95 ($6.68). Lots of bang for the buck for both of us. Bedankt! smile
I like this Ginnie. Our Kathryn had an Amaryllis a few years back that flourished for about 3 years and then expired!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Bill. 3 years???? She must really have a green thumb because Astrid throws hers away after their first bloom. She says it's always different (not as good) the next time around...and because they are so cheap, she is willing to buy new ones again.
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 30 Jan 2013, 09:15
What a clever and creative capture!! And - what a gorgeous bloom!!!!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Marcie. The bloom was much better than the capture! smile
Clever shot smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Sarah.
  • jpla
  • Anjou
  • 30 Jan 2013, 09:27
Bravo ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée
JP
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, JP. Merci.
  • Elaine-
  • Canada
  • 30 Jan 2013, 09:31
what a great idea for a shot about 'bulbs' it's a mirror idea type deal lol i like it alot, i like that you show the green thumb, and how it's holding the plant so lovingly... beautiful on all fronts
Ginnie Hart: Such a sweet comment, Elaine. Thank you!
  • Laurette
  • South Africa
  • 30 Jan 2013, 09:50
Excellent capture Ginnie and fantastic creativity. Love it !
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, dear Laurette.
  • Ruth
  • United States
  • 30 Jan 2013, 09:54
So fun. That looks like just the window for Astrid's indoor garden. (I sorta wanna borrow the red ones for Valentine's Day at the restaurant. You mind?)
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Ruth. I'm sure Astrid would freely give you anything you need! smile
Stunning photo Ginnie. Makes me want to try it as well, just not sure I'll get it so perfect!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Reinhardt. And practice makes perfect! That's why I'm still practicing...hoping to get there eventually. smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 30 Jan 2013, 10:18
I think it is better to play with a bulb than an oculus. Oh, it is not an octopus? Carry on, as you were.

A great picture. Next challenge; crop a round picture of the bulb with amaryllis and upload on SC. Just to show it can be done, see: http://louis.shutterchance.com/image/2008/10/03/toyota-3/
Ginnie Hart: HA! Well, the whole point was the green thumb...and a bit of a play on that, Louis, with both mine and Astrid's thumbs. HA! Well, I don't think it quite came out the way I intended. Oh well.
  • Focales
  • France
  • 30 Jan 2013, 11:00
An excellent idea. A beautiful capture of this amaryllis prisoner in a glass bubble
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, dear Marie. Merci.
Superb,love the golden tone... Congratulations
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Nazzareno. Grazie.
An altogether very inventive photo Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir. Just some mid-week fun. smile
So you turned the picture upside down? Very nice Ginnie, love the warm colour! smile
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Martin. This is upside down to be right side up. grin Thanks.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 30 Jan 2013, 13:35
I just don't know how you do it all, Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: I bet many could say the same of you, Lisl, right?! smile
This is a lovely shot, Ginnie,well taken.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Frank.
  • Rob
  • United States
  • 30 Jan 2013, 17:19
Now that is a bloom at your fingertips!
Ginnie Hart: HA! I love your play on words, Rob. Thanks. smile
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 30 Jan 2013, 18:35
Great effect, that oculus looks a wonderful toy smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Anne. I bet you'd love playing with one yourself. smile
Quite a clever shot Ginnie! Well done indeed.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir. Merci.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 30 Jan 2013, 20:38
How very artistic! I love the view through the lens (well several lenses smile ). A touch of welcome colour to brighten up any dull winter days.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Alan. I should play around with it more often! smile
A beautiful photograph--seeing things differently is what photography is about...
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Larry. I should try to do that more often!
  • Anupam
  • Netherlands
  • 30 Jan 2013, 21:13
This is a fantabulous shot Ginnne... excellent..
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Anupam.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet
  • 30 Jan 2013, 22:30
I am sure that an oculus is a fine thing to fiddle with Ginnie, Astrid has many talents.
Ginnie Hart: I need to play with that oculus more often, Chad, to be honest. It's quite fun...kinda like Astrid. grin
  • Brian
  • Australia
  • 30 Jan 2013, 23:23
Very very cool image.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, dear Brian.
  • Helen
  • United States
  • 31 Jan 2013, 01:11
I never though of shooting through an oculus. I love the results.
Ginnie Hart: I've done it once before here, Helen, and maybe should try it more often?! smile
http://ginniehart.shutterchance.com/image/2012/07/02/our-world-is-not-flat/
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 31 Jan 2013, 02:56
gobsmacked
Ginnie Hart: Coming from you, Ray, that's an honor. Thank you!
What a beautiful piece of art that you have created here Ginnie... i love it....petersmile
Ginnie Hart: Most kind, Peter. Thank you.
beauty smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Joshi.
Une lumière extraordinaire, superbe !
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Olivier. Merci.
Clever stuff, Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Tom. Sometimes I just have to play. smile
Now this is an awesome shot Ginnie! Great idea and rendering!
Ginnie Hart: You're most kind, Doug. Thanks.
  • george
  • Ireland
  • 31 Jan 2013, 16:50
Accomplished, brilliant, brainy, bright, clever, discerning, ingenious and inventive,etc etc
Ginnie Hart: You're over-the-top generous, George, and I thank you! smile
Nicely framed.Looks plenty warm indoors.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Michael, and yes...nice and cozy. smile
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 31 Jan 2013, 20:17
How very pretty smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, dear Cherry.
That is gorgeous.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Michael.
  • Ginny
  • Australia
  • 1 Feb 2013, 10:07
You are so creative Ginnie. This is a great photo.
Ginnie Hart: You are so kind, Ginny. Thank you. smile
A crackerjack of an image, Ginnie; expertly shot and presented. Wonderful!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, dear Lady! I love playing with the oculus and should do it more often, I think. smile
Very nice Ginnie! (and Astrid!) One would expect the image to be upside down (or did you turn it?)
Ginnie Hart: Bedankt, Wim. Once I took the picture, I turned it upside down for it to be rightside up. grin
comme une boule magique
Ginnie Hart: I like that, Angevine. Merci.
  • Oscar
  • Germany
  • 6 Feb 2013, 07:04
A little world!
Ginnie Hart: Indeed, Oscar!
I love this picture! I wish I had a green thumb. wink What a lovely picture,Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Sue.
I am hoping for my amaryllis to bloom. Love the effect from the glass.
Ginnie Hart: Astrid's 3 plants were gorgeous, Mary. Yours will bloom soon, I'm sure! Thanks.
  • rian
  • United States
  • 14 Feb 2013, 16:49
ah! i keep on reminding myself to get one of those glass globes whenever i see shots like these! very nice catch! smile
Ginnie Hart: I need to get it out and play with it more often, Rian!
ADORE for so many reasons!
Ginnie Hart: It's my little toy that I need to play with more often, Robin. smile
WOW...what an amazing shot
Ginnie Hart: Many thanks, Robbyne. smile

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