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Listen to the Glisten


Spring in the neighborhood!

Same walk as last post...still playing with the F-stop.
Would there be less "glisten" if I had used F4 instead of F14?? 
I'm starting to catch on, thanks to all of you helping to explain how it works!


I sure hope the bees are back in full force this year!
(Those of you who are good macro shooters would have had a heyday with this!)

Listen to the Glisten


Spring in the neighborhood!

Same walk as last post...still playing with the F-stop.
Would there be less "glisten" if I had used F4 instead of F14?? 
I'm starting to catch on, thanks to all of you helping to explain how it works!


I sure hope the bees are back in full force this year!
(Those of you who are good macro shooters would have had a heyday with this!)

comments (52)

  • Jennie
  • United States
  • 25 Mar 2009, 00:27
Ginnie, I love the dusty color of these blooms. I do not know about the technical details, but, the framing and presentation mae for a pretty image.
Ginnie Hart: You're very kind, Jennie. I do think I've learned something but I'm not sure I feel I will change much going forward, except on a rare occasion.
  • Liang
  • United States
  • 25 Mar 2009, 00:31
haha, certainly the feeling of spring! very bokelicious! =D
Ginnie Hart: I really like your bokelicious word, Liang. grin
nice tone flower, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: You know me, Bram...it's the style I like! smile Thanks.
  • martie
  • United States
  • 25 Mar 2009, 01:36
Oh Ginnie - this is a work of art! Whatever you are doing? It WORKS!!
Ginnie Hart: You're very kind, Martie. As I have told others, I do think I've learned something but I'm not sure I will change much of what I normally do going forward, except on a rare occasion.
  • sherri
  • United States
  • 25 Mar 2009, 01:49
Lovely flowers and the subtle color combination is perfect.
Ginnie Hart: I guess I'm still a glutton for the "mutations," Sherri. Thanks.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 25 Mar 2009, 02:24
Hmmm!
Have you and Richard been on a shoot together?

Don't let those f-stop bigots wear you down, Ginnie...here you got some depth, but I feel you had to sacrifice some clarity due to busier background...they will be the ruin of you...mark my words!



[grin]
Ginnie Hart: That's what I told Richard, too, Ray. And we didn't even call each other ahead of time. grin

As I have told others, I do think I've learned something about F-stops but I'm not sure I will change much of what I normally do going forward, except on a rare occasion. So I do appreciate your vote of confidence, Ray! It means a lot coming from you!
  • claire
  • Canada
  • 25 Mar 2009, 02:49
beautiful capture Ginnie. the tones are fabulous with very nice bokeh.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Claire.
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 25 Mar 2009, 03:27
The background would have come out softer but you would have lost some DOF with a wider aperture, but I think the flowers on this field of stars work quite well.
Ginnie Hart: As I have told others, Martin, I do think I've learned something about F-stops but I'm not sure I will change much of what I normally do going forward, except on a rare occasion. Thanks for your comment.
Never did understand F-stops myself. I was too busy just experimenting and enjoying the fun of photography to bother reading the manuals! ha ha

This is such a beautiful shot, Ginnie. Almost fairytale
Ginnie Hart: You and I come from the same cookie cutter in this regard, Paul! grin Thanks.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 25 Mar 2009, 05:23
Goedemorgen, I have been reading all the comments en nu heb ik een glimlach op mijn gezicht.....F-Stop..... to F-stop or NOT to F-stop
.....desisions...decisions...
Dit is een geweldige foto, that bee is in his 'heaven', of course it helps if 'we' do understand a little about the F-stop.
The colours in this picture are a delight and I just could picturit this a greeting card....Spring is almost there.
I think you don't need to worry too much, I think you are doing 'pretty' good with your pictures so far...wink
Ginnie Hart: I guess if anyone was in my fan club, it would be you, lieve vriend, so ontzettend bedankt voor jouw vote of confidence. As I have told others, I do think I've learned something about F-stops but I'm not sure I will change much of what I normally do going forward, except on a rare occasion. Curiosity and experimentation has never been my strong suit, believe it or not! smile
WOW.... this is stunning Ginnie ! smile
Ginnie Hart: You're very kind, Ferdi. Thank you.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 25 Mar 2009, 07:06
Richard and you are in cahoots today. love the twinkling background
Ginnie Hart: I know, Tony, and we didn't even call each other ahead of time! grin
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 25 Mar 2009, 07:29
As long as the picture turns out does it really matter? Just look at this shot, sheer delight mijn vriendsmile
Just enjoy what you do best, your pictures have been fantastic so far there's nothing to improve on Musketeersmilesmile
Ginnie Hart: As I have told others, Tracy, I do think I've learned something about F-stops but I'm not sure I will change much of what I normally do going forward, except on a rare occasion. I'm sure I have a LOT to improve on, Musketeer, but I do appreciate your vote of confidence.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 25 Mar 2009, 08:37
I can only admire (sorry, the technical informations are a bit Chinese for me) the beauty of this spring stilleven, oh, no stilleven, the flowers look so vivid as if they could spring while opening their blossoms and spreading their parfums- a refined background full of dancing circles-points which might enhance this feeling of vividness and spring life!
Ginnie Hart: You got the feel of this image, Philine, and I thank you for your kind words, as always!
This is really delightful Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Kinda makes you want to sparkle, Chad, doesn't it! smile
I miss a sparkling color in this one
Ginnie Hart: Ah yes, Chantal. You can please some of the people some of the time..... smile
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 25 Mar 2009, 09:21
You are having fun with your shallow DOF - it's simple - the lower the number the shallower the DOF! Love the subtle colouring and the bee detail.
Ingrid
Ginnie Hart: Can you imagine how shallow this would have been at F4, Ingrid! As I have told others, I do think I've learned something about F-stops but I'm not sure I will change much of what I normally do going forward, except on a rare occasion. I wish I had focused more on the bee...and had a sharper focus on it...instead of playing with F-stops!
Pretty, no matter the details.
Ginnie Hart: You're very kind, Mary. As I have told others, I do think I've learned something about F-stops but I'm not sure I will change much of what I normally do going forward, except on a rare occasion.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 25 Mar 2009, 10:17
Great stuff Ginnie I like it very much
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir!
  • david
  • United States
  • 25 Mar 2009, 10:39
a captivating image: gorgeous.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, David! As I have told others, I do think I've learned something about F-stops but I'm not sure I will change much of what I normally do going forward, except on a rare occasion.
  • Klaus
  • Germany
  • 25 Mar 2009, 10:56
Ginnie, fantastic lightning .. and i like the perfect background .. well done
Ginnie Hart: You're very kind, Klaus. I think I'm done experimenting for awhile! smile
Delightful image Ginnie. The tones are superb. Well done!
Ginnie Hart: We both are on the same page today, Richard, aren't we. And we didn't even have to call each other. smile Thanks.
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 25 Mar 2009, 11:36
Oh.....fantastic bokeh!!! Love..love..love this!
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Marcie. Thank you. smile
Lovely tones again Ginnie...and the background is quite fascinating as well. . It seems to set the petals off well
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Ron. I was a bit out of my comfort zone playing around with that dial but I was mostly happy with the results.
When I was a young chap, I knew all about f stops and throwing the background out of focus or not. I had a lens that stopped down to f1.8 and felt really flash. Now I stick it on auto or click on the macro most of the time. The camera usually can tell what you want! Progress eh? Don't you just love it. Nice picture Ginniesmile
Ginnie Hart: HA! Usually the AP does the bokeh for me, Bill, so I never paid attention to the F-stop. I'm guessing I'll revert back to not paying attention except for night shots. You are so right about the camera knowing pretty much what to do! Thanks.
  • Ian
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 25 Mar 2009, 12:34
Awesome picture - that's precisely the level of exposure and detail I like to see in flower shots! Dark, interesting, as Jennie says, a little dusty. Wonderful.
Ginnie Hart: A little dusty is a good way to describe this, Ian. I like that. smile
Beautifully composed image Ginnie. Really like the background effect. Lovely flowers with such warm tones.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, John!
  • rian
  • United States
  • 25 Mar 2009, 13:18
i agree with liang, it does look bokehlicious.. grin it seems like you're getting the hang of it so just keep snapping away, this is really awesome with the bees and all.. grin (and i just noticed the captcha below says 'nectr' lol.. )
Ginnie Hart: I LOVE when the validation code comes up with something to match the image, Rian! smile Thanks for your vote of confidence.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 25 Mar 2009, 13:28
Keep on playing - its working fine.

And I too hope the bees start to make a recovery this year, I've seen a few already which is promising ;o)
Ginnie Hart: I have a feeling I will revert back to my normal way of doing things, Mike...maybe sad to say. I think the camera does so much on its own when I don't mess around with it. The AP setting for me is usually exactly what I want. Anyway, thanks for your vote of confidence. It's been a fun experiment. smile
  • guruh
  • Indonesia
  • 25 Mar 2009, 14:45
amazing
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly for stopping by and commenting, Guruh.
  • Mia
  • United States
  • 25 Mar 2009, 14:45
Ginnie, I might have to have you tutor me on your post-processing skills smile this is lovely beyond words.
Ginnie Hart: You are very kind, Mia, but I think you do just fine all by yourself!
Ingrid beat me to the technical bit Ginnie but you can read a moderately technical article about DOF here http://www.ephotozine.com/article/Depthoffield-explained-4631

This is another of your best images ad far as I am concerned, I can only say that I wish I had taken it.
Ginnie Hart: That's another very helpful link, Brian, so thank you for the education. The repetition is starting to sink in. smile Your words are very touching to me, and as we all know, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. I'm glad you like this.
We had a dusting of snow last night so I don't believe it is spring anywhere smile
Ginnie Hart: Sigh. So sorry it's taking so long for you, Michael, but I'm guessing April will bring what you're looking for!
ps
Absolutely beautiful. Amazing colour and use of DoF.
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Michael. Thanks.
messing about with 'f stops' ... is like messing about on bikes or on skates or even in ... yes boats.
Learning by experience is the most relaxing way and also bouncing suggestions of each other.
I guess Ingrid summed it up neatly ... but of course it isn't always quite that easy.

richard ... ohh! I like it Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: HA! Well, for my F14, you'd think there'd be less bokeh, Richard, except for the fact I was about 2 feet away from these blossoms. So there you have it. You can imagine what the bokeh would have been if I had used F4! So I think I'm getting it. smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 25 Mar 2009, 19:34
I like that deep focus Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, dear Chris.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 25 Mar 2009, 19:55
Your question about the glisten. The only way to answer your question is that you work from a tripod and take two pictures, one at each setting. The answer is probably, yes. Much of the DOFability sits in the lens you are using. Some are just better than others.
Ginnie Hart: I keep learning as I go, Louis, which is part of the fun! Thanks always for your help along the way.
  • Ellie
  • England
  • 25 Mar 2009, 23:17
Lovely picture of Chaenomeles, don't know what your "local" name for it would be.

It looks a bit sad though, I love the way these flowers are among the first to be something other than white or yellow
Ginnie Hart: Ohhhh, thank you, Ellie. I have been trying to find out what this is! I'm guessing we call it a flowering quince:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaenomeles
  • VZ
  • United States
  • 26 Mar 2009, 03:28
I always thought that Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert are the champions of the F word. I must admit your blog bits the crap out of them both. smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! I think I will take that as a compliment, Viktor?! grin
  • Aussie
  • Cedar Vale
  • 26 Mar 2009, 07:24
This has your classic style to it. The dusky pink is lovely, but I agree with Ray you have lost some of the sharpness that stands out with your other images
Ginnie Hart: I think I messed around long enough with the F-stops, Aussie, to be honest. grin Thanks.
I'm not too sure Ginnie but I guess the twinkling effect would not have come out so well if you had increased the apperture, of course an f4 would have given you more depth in the DOF, but this effect - is worth that lovely twinkling effect. Also, the color tones on this one are just brilliant.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks for your comment, Thomas!
Splendid work Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Sarthak.
Hello Ginnie love. Are these flowers for me. I certainly think so. Long time.
Ginnie Hart: MAN! Where have you been, Busola???? YES, these flowers are for YOU YOU YOU!
un bon choix je pense ton ouverture A+
Ginnie Hart: Merci, Patrick, but I think I'll go back to my usual F4! smile
Changing F-stops really can make a differece, but I find it difficult....and that is fun wink
Ginnie Hart: Hmmmm. I'm not sure I have the patience to keep playing around with it...at least not right now. So I'll revert back to my F4. HA!
Your photos are so delicate. Charming Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Albert. Gracia.
Amazing work!
Ginnie Hart: You're very kind, Rafael. Thank you.
Keep experimenting, I like the back lighting on the flowers
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind Sir.
Very nice sweet atmosphere ! Bravo !
Ginnie Hart: Thanks for backtracking, Zeb! smile
Hola! The spring is here! wink
Ginnie Hart: Yes, it is!
Beautiful shot! but i'm not sure about the post processing
Ginnie Hart: Me neither, Ade. I don't plan to play around with F-stops anymore. grin
Very nice! The textures of the flowers are good.

The background bokeh is not so nice looking but that due to your lens. Unfortunately only very expensive lenses give many times (but not always) better results.
Ginnie Hart: I was experimenting with different F-stops, Paul, and did not like this as much as what I normally do. I am very thankful for my "red-ring" Canon lenses, trust me!

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