Peony triptych

22 06 2012

Peonies are another flowers of which I didn’t take any decent photos in past years. The right time for them is over for this year but this time I took something presentable. I was always discouraged to photograph them maybe because they are usually swarmed by ants or maybe because they bloom so shortly. Whole peony brush blooms out in couple of days.

Click on each photo to see them in higher resolution for best details. The bigger the better it looks.

~ Petal by Petal ~
1/40 (0.3) sec @ 100 mm, f/2.8 (f/10), ISO 100

My wife cut one bud (it’s perhaps the only way how to get a blossom without ants) and put it into vase so I had time to shoot it inside. I was surprised how quickly the “inner petals” open. When taking the photo above, I took it several times with different apertures and even though the photos were taken only in span of seconds, it was nicely noticable how the petals open. This photo is a trick for your eyes, it’s a combination of two shots, one with aperture f/10 used for parts in focus and complemented by out of focus areas from a photo taken on f/2.8. Now you may be wondering why I simply did not use only the shot with f/2.8 and my answer is that it just didn’t look right. I really like these curvy fragile inner petals and I think that they look best not yet fully open.

~ Guardians of the Sweet Mana ~
1 sec @ 100 mm, f/14, ISO 100

This is another view on those beautifully coloured petals. I love how there is always another row of them after previous one. Like, like… well, shark teeth probably isn’t best for copmparison but it’s the only one coming to my mind. The title I used relates to the popularity of this flower among ants. There must be something amazingly delicisous inside of them.

~ Shades of pink ~
1 sec @ 100 mm, f/14, ISO 100

Another different angle of view on this wonderful flower. Is it bothering that not everything is in focus?

When I was post processing these photos I watched them aligned in a row and I noticed that they make a nice triptych. It’s not perfect but I think it really matches together. What do you think?

~ Peony triptych ~

That is all for today, more photos are waiting for processing

Have a wonderfull summer time (and midsummer by the way) and do not forget to practice with your camera.

Technical information: all photos in this post were taken with Canon EOS 450D camera and Canon EF 100mm USM macro lens mounted to a tripod, under natural conditions, indoors.




13 responses

24 06 2012

They all look great individually, but the triptych is even better – and really interesting.

24 06 2012
Tomas Turecek

Thanks, Tom.

25 06 2012
Anita Bower

Gorgeous images, as always. These are outstanding. Your trick of combining two images at different apertures works wonders, and of course, you are a master of composition. Love these, individually as well as the triptych.

25 06 2012
Tomas Turecek

Many thanks, Anita. I appreciate it. I really do!

25 06 2012

You know I’m a sucker for peonies, right? Make it a PINK peony and well, I’m all yours. 😉

As much as I do love them, I find I don’t photo them as much as I should. It is difficult to get that unique photo since in general, peonies are photographed so very, very often. Our peony season was wraught with rain. I even had a new variety (to my garden) to photo and never quite got that done. Well, there is always next year, right? 😉

These are all so lovely, Tomas! and they do make a very lovely triptych! I predict another shot to be gracing your walls… 🙂

25 06 2012
Tomas Turecek

Thanks, Tracy, for your kind words. Yeah, I know you like peonies (and that’s euphemism, right?) 🙂 I can only agree with you about difficulties of getting a decent photo of a peony but do you know what helped me recently? I went to flickr (or google if you want), typed the name of the flower I wanted to photograh, checked how majority of people photograph them and tried to do it differently. I didn’t applied this approach to peonies but clematis but I gues it’s generally usable, well, in case that you want to make your photos different.

Re. photos on our walls, there’s no more space, I fear *sigh*. It’ll have to wait until the currently hanging photos become mundane.

25 06 2012

You’ve found me out! 🙂

I’ve used that very same “trick” and even wrote about it last year in this post:

Okay, so if the walls are full, you have to get creative. I’ve rested large-framed artwork on top of armoires, hung them on our door panels, on window sills, tucked into glass-front cabinets or on open shelves amongst books… no spot is safe! 🙂

25 06 2012
Barbara Kile

Beautiful, Tomas! I love the last one the best! A great idea for a triptych too.

25 06 2012
Tomas Turecek

Oh, you live! 😀 I’m so glad for hearing from you again, Barbara. And thanks for kind words.

27 06 2012

I’ll add my likes in for the triptych here Tomas. That means they would look great as a series on a wall. Hint! 🙂

27 06 2012
Tomas Turecek

Thanks, Mark but you know you are a tempter, don’t you? 🙂

12 07 2012
Bernie Kasper

Beautiful work Tomas !!

12 07 2012
Tomas Turecek

Thank you, Bernie!

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