Arrangement in Orange and White.
The Grey and the Green
Delicate white and pink
White crystals not quartz
Light green and flakey, serpentinite?
Who am I to have so many petals?
|This is the rock...let's see what we can find out about it.|
|And, the setting, the lovely west side of The Pinnacles National Park.|
|Some variety of Sedum aka "stonecrop".....likes to grow directly on rocks.|
|What do you notice first?|
|Irregular cracks and fissures.|
|Small crystals show in the hand lens and macro mode photo.|
|Mosses and vascular plants find homes on this rock and speed the breakdown started by lichens.|
|On to the Balconies|
Goal: learn how to compose a long view and use the camera's functions to optimize the focus.
The morning was overcast, with a grey light. This composition seems OK, maybe some different cropping. The contrast on the figures seems too extreme. But I like the subdued tones. Would like more overall focus.
Looks pretty flat & maybe too much going on? I tend to crop, crop, crop my tree shots and don't know how to use the camera to reveal what I see in real life. Would like more dimensionality and depth here.
Have been doing a lot of macro shots with my point&shoot in the last few years and was relieved to see that the dSLR (without a macro lens) can also capture close-up beauty.
OK, its blurry and weirdly vibrant pink. But I like the composition and love all Clarkias.
It was breezy and this branch was moving up & down. There seems to be quite a bit of light here and maybe this could use more post-production contrast.
Love these butter-and-eggy flowers, especially that they're tricolored. The dSLR seems to pick up more depth in some macro shots, making them look messier and wilder.
Even messier and wilder, plus too breezy to focus completely. Anyway, I do like this wildness as an alternative to my usual "portrait" flower shots.
A bit of inter-species interaction.
Like the wire and thistle combo here but there's some oversaturation going on. Think this is from using the "vivid" setting to counteract the gray sky.
Thank you for your attention to this experiment. There will be more.