Smart flowers; dumb photographer

by Stefan Fletcher April. 04, 2009 6001 views

The words “stupid” and “silly” cropped up in my comments and guest book recently. I supposed I was asking for it. Of course, I immediately apologised for the inherent imbecility of my posts and promised to upload some intelligent images ASAP. Following on from Thursday’s post [], when I lamented the late arrival of poppies, I went to test my new PnS walkabout camera on the hill around the Acropolis, a short, sunny walk away.

Yahoo weather is a persistent pessimist, predicting it would probably piss down tomorrow and, as I was running out of alliterations, I thought I’d try my luck there. Advancing awkwardly across Athens, swerving past swarming Saturday shoppers, I realised, alas, that more temperate climes of the Acropolis (read: “pollution”) hadn’t pushed the poppies more protuberantly. (This is the problem with alliteration; it’s very hard to stop.)

This year’s flowers are a little late, so I found the above and have made up the shortfall with some of last year’s. I hope their quality and intelligence make up for the stupidity of the photographer and the paucity of flowers. I’ve also included a shot of the Erechtheion, a temple the ancient Greeks dedicated to the god Viagra.

Tech notes:
Some of last year’s shots were taken with a lens baby (sorry, Yellodog). One was with a 24-70 L and the others with today’s new toy, an LX3. All the images were shot in RAW. There was little post-processing involved, although I’ve discovered another hazard when using a Point-and-Shoot without a viewfinder: it’s easy to include someone’s bum in the picture. Quite inadvertently, of course.

As the title says, “smart flowers; dumb photographer”.

Poppies on the sides of the Acropolis, March 2008. Slight colour corrected for the web.

More of last year's poppies from the Acropolis, slightly over colour-corrected (they weren't orange)

Even more of last year's poppies, seen through a lens baby, with the right amount of colour correction

This year's flowers and the Propylaea with the Erechtheion, the temple dedicated to the ancient Greek god, Viagra, slightly hidden.

This year's earliest poppies - and somebody's bum. No colour correction because I was using sRGB

This year's other flowers. Don't know name because I'm a city slicker and failed biology at school. Well, that's my excuse anyway and I'm sticking to it.

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Ambikarajgopal 11 years, 2 months ago

the second one is gorgeous.. how did u manage to make only the top blur.. it appears to be a motion blur, but then how is just the top to explain?

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Laura 11 years, 9 months ago


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Crisu 11 years, 9 months ago

nice shots

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Vterezia 11 years, 9 months ago

L!!!!! # 2,3 added in my faves !!!!!!!

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Brian 11 years, 9 months ago

I think I prefer the regular shots than with the lense baby. #1 is very nice. I like how the flowers fill the entire shot.

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Lynda 11 years, 9 months ago

I like the vicariously sense of rushing to see or walk up to and in the midst of the flowers in two and three.

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Jarvo J 11 years, 9 months ago

Great set. Does Yellodog not like Lensbabies then? Shame as you are a master of it. I wish I knew your secret, my lensbaby pictures all look horribly out of focus.

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Rob Tulk 11 years, 9 months ago

First-rate flower fotos from Franco-British Fotographer!! This alliteration thing is catching :)

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Soulcurry 11 years, 9 months ago

I love #2. Reminds me of something by Monet....

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