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When You See the Forsythia in Bloom...


It's SPRING!

Last week both Rob and Johnnyg asked why I used F4 for one of my images.
I had to tell them I don't have a clue about F-stops unless it's time-lapsed/tripod shots.

So they piqued my curiosity and I took a stab at finding out from a walk in the neighborhood.
Still not sure I know too much more than before!
But at least it's in full COLOR (for you who get bored with my "mutations").


When You See the Forsythia in Bloom...


It's SPRING!

Last week both Rob and Johnnyg asked why I used F4 for one of my images.
I had to tell them I don't have a clue about F-stops unless it's time-lapsed/tripod shots.

So they piqued my curiosity and I took a stab at finding out from a walk in the neighborhood.
Still not sure I know too much more than before!
But at least it's in full COLOR (for you who get bored with my "mutations").


comments (51)

  • Martin
  • United States
  • 23 Mar 2009, 01:33
Fresh colors. I like the contrasting blue tones here.
Ginnie Hart: It's been awhile since I've had "fresh colors," Martin. It kinda shocks me! grin
  • alex
  • United States
  • 23 Mar 2009, 01:42
wow, Ginnie, I like this. You got this kind of bokeh with f/14? Nice lens...I'm imaging what this would have looked like with f/5.6 or so.

Of course, now that I think about it, the biggest draw to this photo is the star-shapes you're getting from the sun glinting off the water drops, and you can't get that with f/5.6. Decisions, decisions!
Ginnie Hart: What tickles me about your comment, Alex, is that I WOULD have taken this with my F4 stop if I hadn't been 'sperimenting. I'm still not sure what the difference would have been, which tells you what I don't know about the camera! (A LOT!)
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 23 Mar 2009, 02:32
I think you do perfectly brilliant work, Ginnie, without knowing the workings of every knob and setting of your camera/lens.

I am guessing this lovely Spring shot would have still looked great if you have set "full auto" and taken it...its what YOU do with your tool that counts.

The deeper blue/black tones of the background help to highlight the delicate, wet blooms.
Ginnie Hart: Your words have greatly humbled me and have made my day, Sir Ray. More than you know! Thank you kindly.
I am aching for spring. This is lovely with the light seeping through.
Ginnie Hart: I had a good time of deep-breathing on that walk, Michael. I hope it comes soon for you, too!
  • sherri
  • United States
  • 23 Mar 2009, 04:23
Lovely capture, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Sherri. It was a beautiful walk!
F-Stops...what are those! ha ha

I can barely master switching my camera on and removing the lens cap, let alone understanding what all of those little buttons and dials are for.....

A beautiful photograph. I'm going off to read about F-stops now...ha ha
Ginnie Hart: HAHA, Paul. A man after my own heart. Well, I DO try to learn something ever so often, just in case I surprise myself. grin
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 23 Mar 2009, 05:24
I have been reading the comments...Paul makes me laugh...I experiment too with the F-stop....sad do I understand)....well if it turns out well I am happy and if not.....I just delete.
That little star at the far right on that yellow leave/lapel?? and the droplets of water do make this fabulous picture.
This breathes Spring.......
Ginnie Hart: Precies, Astrid. Precies. That's what we love about digital shots...they're never really wasted and we learn from them. This is the time of the year when I start to fill my lungs up with clean, fresh air again. I am so ready! Dank je wel.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 23 Mar 2009, 05:59
Oh yippee - so it is!
Ginnie Hart: It is, it is, it is! smile
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 23 Mar 2009, 06:35
Fantastic picture, who cares about F-stops
Ginnie Hart: I'm beginning to think that myself, Tony. smile
Lovely shot at sunny day! I like it smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Robert, for stopping by and commenting.
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 23 Mar 2009, 07:40
I was told on the course I went on the bigger the F-stop the more in focus!!
Lovely picture whatever the F-stop Musketeersmilesmile
Ginnie Hart: Interesting detail on the F-stop, Musketeer. Hmmmm. I'll have to read up on that! Thanks, mijn vriend.
Wow - that droplet is so perfectly captured Ginnie. Which lens are you using?
Ginnie Hart: This is my everyday lens, Thomas, the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM. If I have to pick one lens, this is the one I pick. I have a 200 lens but it's huge and unwieldy. Still, I use it on occasion and like its results! Thanks.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 23 Mar 2009, 07:51
Yes, Ginnie, when the Forsythia is in bloom, spring has really arrived! Welcome to him or her (depending on different languages)- and welcome to the beautiful sunshine colours I now fully enjoy (I missed them indeed in your last pics, but I knew and I understand....!)!
Ginnie Hart: From the different comments, Philine, it appears that Forsythia is a well-known shrub around the western world. That makes me very happy to know. smile And yes, I did this one with YOU in mind, keeping it in full color. The muted colors I've been doing of late are not so much about a mood/place I'm in but about a style I have grown to like. I know it's not what you and some others would choose but it feels like a style that is ME, if that makes sense. Because I have to be careful of the sun (as a redhead with skin cancer in the family), I think it fits how I have had to see the world throughout my life. I've never really thought of that before now, so thanks for letting me explore this. smile
This is really spring light. Beautiful.
Our forsythia is almost this far too!
Ginnie Hart: I am loving that so many of you know exactly what Forsythia is! That makes me so happy, Wim. Thanks.
We had a glorious spring week here last week. sunshine all the way, Forsythia in bloom (just like this) Daffs and tulips and leaves bursting forth on trees along with blossom...even old cynics like me were smiling smile
Ginnie Hart: As I have told Philine (Germany) and Wim (The Netherlands) and now you (UK), I am so delighted you all know what Forsythia is! I had no clue. So, when Bill smiles, the whole world smiles? smile
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 23 Mar 2009, 09:13
Wow so fresh and crisp. I can't wait for them to bloom here.
Ginnie Hart: Even in Sweden! I have been so delighted to see that everyone seems to know Forsythia! I had no clue.
great how the leafs seem transparant
Ginnie Hart: It was a delight to see, Chantal. Thanks.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 23 Mar 2009, 09:19
Great colourful image Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: I left it in full color just for you, Vintage...and Philine. smile
Loved the bokeh.. but the little drop reflecting the sun is magical.
Lovely shot.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Gayathri, for stopping by and commenting.
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 23 Mar 2009, 09:53
F4 is a good choice here - I love the muted background with the contrast of the bright yellow and that sparkle on the drop of dew is wonderful. Yes Spring is really here at last - I can see a big bush of forsythia from my window as I sit and type.
Ingrid
Ginnie Hart: I WOULD have used F4, Ingrid, if I hadn't been experimenting but in this case I used F14. Now I wish I had done the same shot with F4 to have seen the difference. I guess that's what I need to do the next time because I really don't know what the difference would/should be. I need to read up on this, I see! I have been very delighted to find out today that people all over the western world are acquainted with Forsythia!!! I love knowing that! smile
Bright and springcleaned! Love the little starburst on the droplet of rainwater against the sky.
Are you feeling a little brighter too Ginnie?
Ginnie Hart: As a rule, Jose Ann, I am usually feeling pretty "bright," even when things are a bit cattywampus. I tend to have an upbeat, sunny outlook on life. I was just telling Philine that my muted-color style of late is not really about a mood I'm in as much as a style I have grown to like. As a redhead, I have had to be careful of too much sun throughout my life (skin cancer in the family) so maybe that style fits how I have to see the world. It's kinda in-between full color and B&W. A 'tweener style? smile
  • Aussie
  • Cedar Vale
  • 23 Mar 2009, 10:23
I love the colour and the tiny star on the petal. (lower left)
Ginnie Hart: Ahhh. You showed me something I hadn't yet seen, Aussie...well, I saw it but didn't see the star till you mentioned it. Maybe THAT was what the F14 did??
ici il se découvre timidement
belle lumiére au travers de ces pétales qui mette du coup le jaune et cette rosée en valeur bravo !!! A+
Ginnie Hart: It was a delight to behold, Patrick. Merci.
Spring indeed Ginnie. Wonderful capture!
Ginnie Hart: We need it, Richard! Thanks.
Lovely combination od colours, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir!
I LOVE the colour. Forsythia blooms here the end of May.
Ginnie Hart: WOW! That seems late, Mary! It's one of the first things that blooms here in spring, so if that's true where you are, that tells me how long your winters are. After seeing your post today, I can see why!
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 23 Mar 2009, 11:47
You are definitely ahead of us!!! Lovely and uplifting to see REAL spring!!!
Ginnie Hart: We're in the deep South, Marcie, so it's to be expected that we're ahead of the rest of you. We all need it, I know. Thanks.
And the full colors works well Ginnie !
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Ferdi. Ever so often I DO see in living color. grin
  • Klaus
  • Germany
  • 23 Mar 2009, 12:30
Ginnie, so fresh and clean .. wonderfull mood .. also the blue background works so well. And the f-stop 4 works for this image even better as 8 or 10 ;-)
Ginnie Hart: Actually, Klaus, I took this at F14, not F4! I USUALLY do F4 but have been challenged to try different f-stops. This was the beginning of my experimentation. I'm still learning!!! Thanks for your vote of confidence. That means a lot!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 23 Mar 2009, 12:41
A concrete poem:
http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic-art/131318/56203/The-poem-Forsythia-by-

But I like your pic quite more- especially the dew droplets- freshness pure!
We like to put forsythia bunches in our living room!
Ginnie Hart: Leave it to you again, Philine, to find such a link! How delightful. I can just imagine what your living room looks like with Forsythia bunches. That would really look like Spring! Thanks for that image.
  • DrAW!
  • United States
  • 23 Mar 2009, 13:19
lovely work gin

you even managed to capture starbursts
Ginnie Hart: I guess the starbursts are the effect of the F14, DrAW, so I see I AM learning something. smile Thanks.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 23 Mar 2009, 13:35
I see you are giving the desaturated look a rest - all change for the new season ;o) For someone who "doesn't understand" f stops this is a pretty good example of how they work to isolate the subject ;o) You are too modest.
Ginnie Hart: Well, I really am NOT being modest, Mike, because I don't have a clue...except for Alex just writing me a long explanation that really makes sense! I just got my education. And thanks for your vote of confidence! smile
  • Mia
  • United States
  • 23 Mar 2009, 13:58
This is a nice change from your "mutations" tongue I loved those and this one too. I'm a sucker for macros, but even more so for water droplets. You've got a slight twinkle going on, I like it. A lot. smile
Ginnie Hart: I'm learning a lot today, Mia, especially after a wonder explanation to me privately from Alex who explained F-stops and Aperture so well. I think the twinkle today was because of the F14, so I'm a very happy camper. smile
I'll never get fed up with your "mutations" as you call them Ginnie. It is nice to see a straight colour shot from you though and this, like a lot of others on SC at the moment, is heralding the approach of Spring.
Ginnie Hart: The muted images have become my style of choice, Brian, so I will not stop doing them. However, I'm reminded after images like this one today that I need to insert full color in ever so often. smile Thanks for your vote of confidence in what I do. You made my day.
  • rian
  • United States
  • 23 Mar 2009, 15:51
experimenting is always fun, there's no limit to what you could do with those knobs & buttons.. just play with it and have fun, you'll end up with fabulous images like this! ;D
Ginnie Hart: I feel like I'm learning by the minute, Rian. grin Thanks.
  • Ian
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 23 Mar 2009, 17:11
Ah, I never get bored of your mutations! (Oh man, that sounds *wrong* lol) Thank goodness it's Spring! Full colour ahoy :-D
Ginnie Hart: HA! You've given me a good laugh, Ian. Thanks a million.
Well Ginnie..you've been doing so well without worrying about which F stop to use..for most of your shots it doesn't matter....Great to see these colours..and that tiny star burst. Beautiful.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks for your vote of confidence, Ron. We're never too old to learn something, are we! smile Thanks.
  • Alex
  • Spain
  • 23 Mar 2009, 19:53
Buen DOF, con una iluminacion fabulosa...esas gotas de agua cristalina es muy llamativa.
Buen trabajo, saludos.
Ginnie Hart: Muchas grascias, Alex, por su visita, y sus palabras buenas!
Amazing background. Absolutely great shot.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Albert!
  • Ellie
  • England
  • 23 Mar 2009, 22:31
Glorious to see spring arriving isn't it
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Ellie. A resounding YES!
The beautiful grains of water. flower color is good.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Bram.
que de belles couleurs... ça donne envie d'été
Ginnie Hart: Yes, O-P. It's coming. smile Merci.
Awesome DOF.
Ginnie Hart: Awww, shucks, Chistopher. smile
  • Beat
  • Switzerland
  • 24 Mar 2009, 18:34
finally it's spring! this is a beautifull capture with this fresh colors. well done
Ginnie Hart: I think yellow really sums it all up, right, Beat?!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 24 Mar 2009, 19:25
You yella girls.

Buy me a beer and I will tell you all about f-stops. Buy me a virtual beer and I will virtually tell you.

It is difficult to write down as it will take time. But I think you actually understand that you are controlling DOF with it.
Ginnie Hart: It's surprising how much I have learned since yesterday, Louis (it's still Tuesday night here in Atlanta). grin
  • Ellie
  • England
  • 24 Mar 2009, 20:21
Ginnie - for depth of field info, and a fairly easy way of seeing what happens when you change the various camera settings, look here
http://dryreading.com/camera/index.html
It takes a minute or so to load.
Ginnie Hart: OMG, Ellie. That is an EXCELLENT tool. Thanks a million!
  • Jennie
  • United States
  • 25 Mar 2009, 00:29
Another nice one for me, Ginnie!! I can't wait for the flowers to show up here!! :o)
Ginnie Hart: You'll start seeing them soon, Jennie, I'm sure!
  • martie
  • United States
  • 25 Mar 2009, 01:33
Beautiful Ginnie! And YES! Spring!! My Forsythia is just beginning to come out. I really like the water drops on yours!
Ginnie Hart: I think I like Spring more this year than ever, Martie! It was such a long, cold winter, even for us here in the deep south! Thanks.
Yeaaaaah ! Spring !!!!!
Ginnie Hart: YES, Zeb. YES!
I like the dof!
Ginnie Hart: Muchas gracias, José Angel.
Also a very nice one!
Ginnie Hart: Still experimenting with the F-stops, Paul. Thanks. smile

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