It has been a while since my last post and even though it may seem that I didn’t take any photos lately, I did. I did but I couldn’t force myself to process them and share them with you. I took couple of photos of tulip and hyacinths but perhaps nothing spectacular.
A week ago my wife got an interesting potted flower to her birthday, Bromelia Vriesea, which looks like this. This oddly looking flower has habitat in rain forests of South America and lives on trunk of forest trees. When it is to bloom a thick stem raise from its centre. The top part of the stem broadens to a base for blossoms. This part has vivid red and yellow colours and it can bear tens of tiny blossoms. This part has a tree-like structure and every blossom-base part overlaps the upper one a bit. This blossoms structure looks like flames to me so I call it a “Flame Flower”.
I was captivated by the repetitive shapes and colours and I thought it might be a good subject for some abstract photography. I took the flower to the window which caused that the strong midday sun shone through the blossoms part, making the colours even more vivid. I knew I wanted to go really close but first I took some shots from bigger distance, let say around 30 cm.
~ Natural Mirroring ~
1/8 sec. @ 100 mm, f/10, ISO 100
Then I got even closer, intrigued by the range of colours going from deep red near centre of the stem, changing to bright red some 1-2 cm from the verge and then rapidly changing into bright yellow on the verge of the blossom-base part. As I was really close now, I had to take 3 photos and stack them to get sufficient sharpness and details.
~ Fish Scales ~
1/6 sec. @ 100 mm, f/16, ISO 100, 3 stacked images
This really looks like flames but it also reminds me a petrified fish. I like the square format above but I tried also to cut the darkest part off and the result is following.
This was a refreshing session after couple of months of shooting orchids and other potted flowers. I realized that I like this kind of abstract images much more.
Hope you like it.
Enjoy the slowly coming Spring!
Technical information: all photos were taken using Canon EOS 450D camera and Canon EF 100mm f/2,8 USM macro lens upon a Manfrotto tripod in natural conditions.