Close-up photography

March 10, 2011

Scott’s new  photography assignment at Views Infinitum

http://stphoto.wordpress.com/ is about Close-Up Photography. Feel free to partipate in this month assignment. You will find all related information under this link :

http://stphoto.wordpress.com/2011/03/09/assignment-12-close-up-photography/#comments

Furthermore, tomorrow  Friday, March 11,  Scott  will be discussing the many ways that can  be achieved for close up photography. Don’t miss it and enjoy participating if you feel so.

I took this picture some years ago at the pond in our botanical garden. New pictures are requested for the assignment so I will try to do my best with my Point and Shoot camera 😉

More pictures taken on the same day around the garden, one of my favourite places in town at any Season.

Time for  a rest in the vegetation. Softness of shades and textures. Some plants still add a subdued colour in a Winter garden.  Soon, it will be highlighted by the sparks of Spring.

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27 Responses to “Close-up photography”

  1. Cindy said

    WOW! Is all I can say!!!

  2. Gorgeous Isa. Our botanical garden is one of my very favorite places. I love to walk around in the tranquility. Your close up is stunning.

    • Thank you Tammy. I find Nature is a constant source of inspiration and admiration. Walking in our small botanical garden is like a quiet journey through all our gardens, orchards and forests, some of the wider world too. Entering the greenhouse is a total change of scenery and feeling. I simply love this place.

  3. You are very gifted Isa. I must tell you. And I have to admit that this is fabulous. Absolutely fab. It is a lotus base, isn’t it? I’m loving your work. I’m an amateur photographer and intend to be a good one someday, somewhere close to you may-be. From the heart, lovely!!

    • Rukmini, you are too kind. I am an amateur, absolutely, my camera is a “Point and Shoot”, quite a good one although not new at all. As I was telling Tammy, Nature is always inspiring me and all I do is trying to share its beauty in my own eyes and perception. I am really glad you enjoyed this picture,thank you.

  4. Marie said

    You always capture such lovely photos.
    I love the way you “see” with the camera.
    When I lived in Texas, I would visit a botanical garden and I was always
    delighted by all the different flowers/textures there.
    Where you live is “breathtakingly beautiful!”

    • Thank you dear Marie. I think Nature offers us so much beauty to see. I am lucky to live in a lovely place indeed and it is always a pleasure to share my environment with others. Or remember a special moment, object, light, texture through a picture. Botanical gardens are such places to remember, I find. Have a pleasant day.

  5. Carsten said

    Interesting pnotos Isabelle.
    I keep seeing “Olive pie” or “Olive pancake” in photo #1.
    Is it Reed in #3?
    Many old houses in Denmark used Reed on the roof. Properly laid it is watertight and isolating.

    • Hello Carsten, nice to read you again. Thank you. The lotus base looks a bit like a pancake, yes:)The #3 photo is a reed, part of a large reed bed near a pond. Do your ancient Danish houses look a bit like the Irish ones whose roofs are also covered with thatch ?

      • Carsten said

        Yes, it was – I think – the most common material for thatching. Later came tile roofs, which are still popular. Plates of cement with asbestos fibres was extensively used before (and a long time after) it was realized how dangerous asbestos is to your helath.

      • Thanks for the interesting information, Carsten. We have all realized by now how dangerous asbestos is for one´s health. Unfortunately too late for many people.

  6. Thank you, Isa! The first photo looks unreal. Like a computer graphic. Such is the fun of close up photography.

  7. shoreacres said

    Your photos are splendid, and the links very interesting. I also work with a point and shoot, and sometimes achieve wonderful photos. Other times, they range from mediocre to immediately forgettable. What I need to learn is what makes the difference between the good and the bad, so that I can make more of the good!

    The reed is beautiful. It reminds me of milkweed, or dandelions. Such beautiful, light fluff can travel hundreds of miles, they say. A good rationale for traveling light, I say.

    • Thank you Linda, I have learnt a lot about photography in Scott´s assignments. It is always inspiring to see how others see and interpret the same subject.
      Reeds fascinate me, especially in the late afternoon light, when a slight breeze moves them gently.

  8. Gerry said

    It’s a lotus! You would not believe how long I puzzled over it. I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a live lotus before–just dried pods. I like it. I must find one to visit.

    Botanical gardens are wonderful things all year round, but I especially value the ones that offer bits of shape and color to delight the eye in winter.

    A lotus. Who knew? (OK, everyone else knew. I lead a sheltered life.)

  9. Hi Gerry ! Olive pie, pancakes, computer graphic, imagination without borders. I liked that and look forward to seeing the pictures posted in Scott´s assignement. Lotus are a marvel to see at every stage of their life, I find. Maybe some day you will share some photos of your own botanical garden ? How is your precious camera doing ?

  10. love that close up pod photo – another great quilt inspiration! Also congrats on your calendar quilt – love the concept and the outcome.

    • Thanks a lot Sherri Lynn, happy you enjoyed the calendar quilt and found inspiration in the close up photo. You have such a good eye for patterns and the way to interpret them in a quilt.

  11. Nye said

    The first image of the lotus seeds look delicious, only if you could use this one for the assignment. 🙂

  12. sartenada said

    Lovely – all.

    The second from the top is awesome. I stared for long time and admired about that what I saw in that photo. It is very artistic photo.

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