Spring (79/365)

by Lee Santiva March. 20, 2019 263 views
Crocus vernus on a spring morning

Crocus vernus on a spring morning

Spring arrived in Germany this week and in today's blog I've got 3 photos of the signs of Spring in nature at three different times of day which I hope you'll enjoy. The sun is shining everyday. Morning it is what we call "crisp" - quite cold, still below freezing, and the weather warms up in the afternoon to about 15 degrees Celsius.

After about an hour of taking macro photos of the crocus, I determined it is not a very interesting flower for close-ups. At least not in this early stage when the buds haven't opened yet. I took dozens of macros of the crocus, perhaps you'll see them on a different day.

Budding trees along a small stream on a spring afternoon

Budding trees along a small stream on a spring afternoon

Photo #3 has a soft bokeh from natural light without lights or waterdrops and I'm quite pleased with the progress I've made to apply this new technique. I particularly want to thank everyone who helped me on bokeh with their tips and comments!

Daffodil on a spring evening

Daffodil on a spring evening

Those who read my bokeh blogs, especially the bokeh flower one will understand the inside joke of photo #4 . As Camellia says "the things we do for a photograph"...yesterday it was Lee lying on her stomach on a yoga mat (and keeping her clothes clean this time!) in a public park before going to work while it was still freezing cold out and while the gardener was tilling part of it directly behind her. (For privacy reasons I didn't include him in the photo).

Behind the camera - getting the shot

Behind the camera - getting the shot

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Lynn F Medley 11 months ago

Thank you for sharing this beautiful images, and what you had to do to get the photo 😊 , lol! Been there

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Lee Santiva Replied to Lynn F Medley 11 months ago

Thank you! I saw your blog and that you had picked the spring flowers, put them in a vase and had a nice comfortable photo session. Smart. Obviously I still have some lessons to learn which have nothing to do with camera techniquessmile

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Laurie Madsen 11 months ago

Wonderful Lee!
I'm glad you are getting the bokeh that pleases your taste!
Thanks for sharing your savvy too!

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Jay Boggess 11 months ago

Thanks for sharing these early signs of Springtime! I think crocuses are magical, as I never see them 'til they just appear one morning! Having a camera along gives us license to do all sorts of crazy things without causing too much of a stir in public places.....right???

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Lee Santiva Replied to Jay Boggess 11 months ago

Thank you Jay! To be honest, I'm a little afraid I'm gonna get the reputation of the crazy grey-haired camera lady in our small town...anguished

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Bob Rosenberg 11 months ago

Well, clearly you need to come up with a different name for that mat.  grinning . Lovely work on the images - very pleasing to look at.   Oh yeah, here in California, we're starting to go outside without a sweater.

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Lee Santiva Replied to Bob Rosenberg 11 months ago

Thanks Bob  - I thought you'd get a kick out of the yoga mat after you made the pillow suggestion smile

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Bob Rosenberg Replied to Lee Santiva 11 months ago

I did get a kick out of it.  Now what we need is a "street photography" member of this class shooting a photo of you shooting a photo on one of your "personal protective devices".clapper

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Jennifer Paire 11 months ago

These are great photos! I have never seen such large crocus flowers. You have really captured the season springing forth.

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Lee Santiva Replied to Jennifer Paire 11 months ago

thank you Jen! I think the crocuses only look large because of the low angle

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Björn Roose 11 months ago

Just knee protectors were apparently not enough smile

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Lee Santiva Replied to Björn Roose 11 months ago

exactly needed full body protection against those dangerous crocuses !! This was heavy duty photo work smile ...I thought you might LoL over the yoga mat ...

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Sherry Hill 11 months ago

i love #2, the DOF.. it's gorgeous.. and thanks for your behind the scenes shot.. i never make myself comfortable, i always end up with frozen fingers & a wet arse in the grass.. lol

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Lee Santiva Replied to Sherry Hill 11 months ago

thank you Sherry! Using the yoga mat was only a little bit about being comfortable, it was mostly about not ruining my work clothes smile

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