Picking It Apart

by Dawn Hester May. 11, 2020 147 views

I don’t have a “green thumb” when it comes to keeping plants/flowers alive. I hold my breathe if they last a week. Of my three flowers I have an African Violet. I’ve had it quite a while so I’m happy it’s still around.

I sit and have my morning coffee right beside the African Violet. As the morning sun comes through the blinds I see how the flowers sparkle. This particular day I decided that I would go outside and photograph the dandelions. I have photographed them before but was never really happy with the outcome. And why not? It’s not like I have to get dressed to go and shoot. My camera was all ready: X-H1, 60mm macro lens and tripod. As I was sitting there finishing my coffee I asked myself why not photograph this flower? I’m looking at it every morning.

I was impressed of what I was able to capture just by taking my time, move the entire flower around and let the sun hit as it may. I adjusted the blinds from time to time to see if the light from the sun would make any difference. I didn’t focus on one; I wanted to see if I could capture different forms/patterns/angles of the flowers. It was challenging to maneuver my camera different ways to capture what I saw. In the middle of shooting I attached the Macro Extension Tube (MCEX-16) but I wasn’t feeling it so I took it off and continued with the 60 macro.

The next time you decide to photograph something, take a second look at what’s near you.

Gear used: Fujifilm X-H1, XF 60mm F/2.4 R macro lens, MeFoto tripod. Edit with Capture One.


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Piotr B 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Wonderful pictures and what a bold colour combination! Thank you for sharing equipment details as well.

When it comes to „green thumb”, I have a forty-year old cereus peruvianus cactus named Juan. He only needs some water three times a year. I also keep two plastic orchids, maintenance free till they get covered with dust  (vacuum them gently or buy new ones then).

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Dawn Hester Replied to Piotr B 6 months, 1 week ago

Thank you Piotr! LOL I hear you on that.

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