Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Iris Studies From Fernymoss' Lens

Full Flower Disclosure: These are not Irises from our garden. Fernymoss took these as he was talking with our neighbor across the street (our boulder benefactor) on 22 May, 2008. So these lovely specimens are now currently gracing the top border of their garden, not ours (alas!).

We've always found Irises fascinatingly beautiful and complex blooms, and they're certainly challenging to photograph in macro ... though it seems less daunting with the new S700 this year ...

Since I can't really speak to the specifics of these Irises (I didn't even know they had planted them!), I'll just let these photos speak for themselves. I'm particularly fond of the second one, but I do think all of them have quite interesting details to add, helping to reveal the inner parts of the Iris.

Late Update 5/27: I realized overnight that this post rolled the number over to 300 total for Urban Oasis since June, 2006. I was hoping to feature something really amazing (like the Dragon Arum), but this is what circumstances handed me. Not a bad compromise, I'd say ...

5 comments:

FARfetched said...

I can relate — there are irises growing around FAR Manor, but I can't seem to get a decent photo of them. I take my hat off to Fernymoss.

IBOY said...

I'm actually kind of disappointed in my new macro lens; I'm not enough of a photographer to have realized that they have a narrower field of focus. I figured, more expensive lens = deeper field of focus... yah, right.
don

Iowa Victory Gardener said...

Hey there FAR! Nice to see you emerging from all the recent festivities at the Manor! Iris are toughies, because there's so much to focus on, something inevitably gets less clarity. I passed on your compliment and it was greatly appreciated! I'd love to see more of your flora over at your place (I know, it's not a garden blog!), because those were spectacular shots you got of the sage flowers earlier this spring ....

Iowa Victory Gardener said...

Hi Don, you do pretty well though! I'm sure it's just a matter of learning how to exploit the lens, which would be a big curve for me, I have to admit. I have an eye for what I want, but not the patience to set everything up manually. And now that I have the S700, I rely a lot on the pre-defined settings to help me out (it has a specific one for macro flowers). Ultimately though, I think we just have to take a whole bunch of shots and figure that one or two will be standouts, lol. Until I learn more (like Olivia does in her stuff), I'll be content to accurately convey how they look in the garden. I guess I'm more concerned about being a flower documentarian and much less of an artist.

olivia said...

Agree w/ FAR -- Fernymoss, these are beautiful photos ... and yep, I agree w/ ya on the second one IVG! That's my favourite. :)

Hi IVG, FAR, Don!