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Miss Mary love the Hibiscus bud, and then the open flowers, but that butterfly is a great catch...hard enough to get them sitting still, let alone back lit.
DMersh love all the back-lit leaves, the detail of the each vein is amazing.
Dinu always great shots, saw your shots on the last thread also, really liked the Daylily stamens.
Morgan, that is funny about your husband, mine has been trying to capture butterflies and hummingbirds...but he can't see too well and it can be entertaining watching him. Tell the DH his side-lit photo is nice for me. Love the fawn, how nice to catch that shot, so cute.
smashedcactus I love the agaves and cactus shots...I've always had a thing for succulents...keep them coming.
Split leaf Philodendron plant
Brown Anole with throat fan out, one day I'll catch one clear, but they do this push up thing while puffing that throat out.
Lots of good stuff here, particularly liked the Echeveria, highlighting the fuzziness of the leaves, superb veining on the Elephants Ear and the Philodendron was a real feast for the eyes.
'Light' has been in short supply here in Scotland lately, very gloomy overcast weather so no more backlit offerings from me yet!
Just looked at the Tropicanna leaves, they're an excellent bit of backlighting also.
Finally had a sunny day here, see the difference between last Saturdays picture of Loch Turret!
Backlit Dock leaf, Dock is always good for backlighting.
Another view of the loch, loking into sun late afternoon
1st pic looks like Elm leaves, do they grow in Tennessee? Great lighting on picture 3, the lotus leaf.
similar picture to my last but I gave the sky some red tinting to good effect.
2nd pic is looking down on Loch Turret from the hilltop. Or is it a mountaintop? Not sure where hills end and mountains begin.
smashedcactus, nice cactus...I envy all your succulents, mine are getting to much rain I think lately.
DMersh love all the shots of the hills. Big hills. I like the misty low clouds. That last sherbet sky is really beautiful.
Mary love the luminous lotus, so deep green.
I was laying in my hammock under my umbrella this past week and saw a back light photo opportunity. My husband came walking out and asked me why I was taking pictures of the umbrella, he probably thinks I'm going bonkers. :)
You can see my huge white Crepe Myrtle's shadow from the other side.
Sunkissed, I did the same thing a couple of months ago. I ran under a patio umbrella because it started to rain. There was just enough light in the sky to highlight the raindrops on the umbrella. I thought it was cool. Now that I think about it, some people were looking at me oddly when I did this...
Wonderful yellow glow on the umbrella, very solid, rich colour.
I always select as perfect a leaf as possible for photographing, but there are plenty of bugs around. Not so many snails around here probably due to the acidic soil here but I see plenty of munched leaves. Though Stinging Nettles (Urtica dioeca) don't seem to get chewed much anyway. Same goes for Bracken:
You're into yellow at the moment morganc! Great shots, I'll have to read up on bracken, it grows in vast abundance in many places in UK but you never see any 'seeds' as such, the spores being so tiny.
That thistle was all by itself on a riverbank, unusual as thistles usually grow together in clumps or colonies. I included a chewed leaf to show that we do have plant eating bugs over here. I think the damaged areas maybe give the picture more character, instead of just another textbook type picture of a perfect undamaged leaf.
Miss Mary I remember that umbrellas shot. There is that hibiscus again, that really is a nice shot. The fern is great, even though the second is a really nice backlit photo, I just really like that first shot.
morganc great bright yellow umbrella...makes the eyes pop. The canna is nice...I wish mine would hurry and bloom, they are in a nice spot for backlit photos.
Smashed, nice flowers...I get so excited if I ever get a flower on my cactus plants.
Not much here, we just got our sun back after a good five days of tropical storm Debby.
Ornamental peppers and Mandivilla vine...from my archives.
Thanks morgan, Broom grows everywhere round here, its a fine sight when in full flower, it can turn large areas brilliant yellow. The Morning Glory is excellent, the way the water droplets have been captured in sharp detail. lots of colour in your cactus picture but I'm sorry to say they are all artificial flowers! Its a trick some sellers have, sticking on bright paper flowers to make them look more eye catching. some of the cacti in that picture wouldn't bloom till much bigger and all would have very different flowers to whats been stuck on them.
I must admit that this is the most beautiful [group] photo of cacti I had ever seen till now! I still can't believe my eyes! Blue flowers! And almost all of them in the picture are in bloom! Yes, of course, they don't fit in to this thread, but I heartily enjoyed looking at it more than once. You must have other photos of them together in one frame... please do share them in the Daily Pics thread also. Fabulous picture!
Wow! I wish I could get a fourth of mine to bloom at once. Nice picture, Morgan. Really good picture of the ants, Dinu. Dmersh, nice pictures of the hills. I always lik to take pitures of the mountains when visiting the Smokies. sunkissed, nice pictures. The tea looks refreshing after 11 days of or near 110 deg. temps.
Thank you all for the compliments of the Cactus pic...I feel foolish because DMersh said they are fake flowers...who knew...but I still think it was pretty.
smashed - you have other plants than cactus...cool pics.
sunkissed - love the ginger leaves...do you suppose it would grow here in hot Texas? And yes we finally got some rain...and I hear more is coming...YAY!
BeaHive - your photo is stunning. It does glow, so it made laying on the ground worth it :-))
Dinu - WOW...caterpillar pic is amazing. And since I love red, I now want to grow that flower...how big is the bloom?
I was out yesterday morning taking pics after the rain, and almost erased this one...this was in the distance and I thought it looked cool.
This is an Air Potato Vine growing up one of our Live Oak trees.
Thanks morganc. I think I got seeds of this vine from a trade many years ago and it is reseeding nicely every year. It is a small flower, just about the size of a quarter if my estimate is right. But it is lovely. I love this particular red and also the geranium flower red that is getting ready as in this group of buds.
HMM, Rain and sun - good one. Rain 'lines' were seen!
DMersh, Nice grass blade. I saw the saw-like edge of the blade. Light must have been strong as the water drop is on the other side, nice!
Yellow grass flowers? Hadn't seen that colour. 'Water lens' on the last one is also good. I'm sure you will get a better one next time where we can see objects on the other side through the drop. Of course, it depends on many factors for this.
Morganc, Hadn't seen the yellow bugs before. Nice one.
Getting caught back up...wonderful photos everyone.
Smashed, nice purple glory flower...by the way that tea was so refreshing.
BeaHive, nice shot of the lily. Sometimes getting a back-lit photo does require awkward positioning. ☺
Morgan great catch of those little yellow bugs, I smash them with my fingers on my milkweed. Yes I think that hidden ginger would grow just fine in TX. It does freeze in winter and then around April/May the first thing to come up is the beautiful flowers, a really cool ginger plant. Likes to be watered often. http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/58846/
Dinu, that red flower is such a beautiful color. I love red flowers!
MissMary, love the rain streaks.
DMersh, water droplets are great!
I was at the beach for a vacation last week, I went to Washington Gardens State park and enjoyed a beautiful roses. My camera has been temperamental lately on focusing. The red flower is a wildflower, standing cypress. And of course a nice bird of paradise flower.
sunkissed, that first one - red flowers - absolute beauty. Wish you had adjusted it against the blue sky there. The tree took out 4 points out of ten! If there another chance to show it here, why not? I love Bird of Paradise flowers - for its attractive blue in the midst.
DMersh, You did it again... with the blues.. I almost fell off from the chair stunned by the beauty! I asked my young colleague which colour she liked.. she said blue... I immediately summoned her to see my monitor... she too fell off, recovered and went back in appreciation to her chair.
Well Dinu, I would have had to lie on the ground to capture the sky as my background and there were sharp nettle flowers that cut like a knife. My bare knee just barely touched one and for two days has a swollen sore spot.
Is this one better?
DMersh, that first photo is just as Dinu said, "knock you off your chair"...wonderful capture. ☺
Thanks Sunkissed. Better.. but want the best possible! :) We are so conditioned to look at the camera screen and shoot and we forget that we can do it without looking at it also. I tried such a shot to get under the set of Football Lilies in May to see how it looks from under with the blue sky in between. I poked the camera underneath between the stalks. I had shared this before - can you remember? Here it is again, for you, plus one more Canna - 'big red', against the sky.
Well, I will give it a try and see what happens. Thanks for your expertise. To tell the truth, I actually liked the blurred palm behind the flower, but then I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder. ☺
Glad you liked the blue wildflower, I must admit it was a ridiculously easy shot but sometimes you just get lucky with the perfect combination of subject and lighting conditions. Dinu, that 2nd picture is very interesting looking plant with its mass of red stalks.
Some more leaves, with full sun backlighting - these were from clippings so I could shoot them wherever was best.
DMersh, in the excitement of blue, I had ignored the green leaf! What lovely veining you have captured there! Thanks for poking on that one and also for showing the next three - also beautiful. Sun here is playing hide and seek while the monsoon is really 'monlate' this year. It will affect so many things this year.
HMM, you get different shades of green in such shots. I enjoyed that.
Nice photos everyone...I really like the dragonfly, great shot, and the fern also. I have some in my garden that looks similar, loves the shady areas. Nice shot of the caterpillar and butterfly on almond bush. Dinu, great catch of the bee, it is a bee right?
I am especially enjoying the leaf shots. I tried some myself but only one turned out nice.
Ty plant leaf,
The second one is from the advice of Dinu to hold the camera under without looking into the lens, after several tries I succeeded in an acceptable photo. Still need to work on it.
Passiflora flower from underneath
Crepe Myrtle blossom
sunkissed, nice! If we have a sense of angles we can do it easily. With my first camera, I used to do what our friend 'gardenwife' called the method as 'armpit shots'. In the crowd, or when people were there, I was too shy to be 'an open photographer'. I used that method so that no one will recognize me taking pictures. Then I was also using my 'bino zoom' method in the absence of a zoom in the camera. I had fixed the binoculars to the tripod and had made a little customized plate that would hold the camera so that the camera lens was in perfect alignment with the eyepiece. I used to take shots also. When my FZ8 arrived, they all went into oblivion! The passiflora and aloe shots are nice. As you know, I get attracted to the blues!
morganc, nice greens there.. they glow.
s/cactus, those giants really make a good subject for backlit shots as their appearance can be enhanced in pictures.
African Mask was getting some morning sun. I rushed in to capture the moment esp. for this thread. I liked the glowing edgings myself.
morganc, thanks for reminding me of this 'Mutual Admiration Society'. It exists here also. The greens you capture from your camera is lovely. They glow! Love that daffodil leaves also. Can I ask which camera you use? I use Lumix FZ8, mostly. But we also have a Canon 550d.
HMMary, indeed, that water picture is enchanting. Lotus leaves present a beautiful pattern. I tried it too. Try to get a close up of the front side centre where the veining radiates. It has a lovely pattern to admire.
Dinu - Mine is also Lumix. Says DMC - FZ28 on front. LOL...can you tell I don't know a whole lot about the equipment? There are settings on this I've never used, and some I don't know what they do, ha ha. I know that the camera lens doesn't always record what I see. So I have learned to take a lot of pics from different angles to capture what my eye sees...and still it is different. But sometimes it's real close...and I share those with you guys. It's fun, and I have learned a lot from all of you.
Five years on, morganc, I'm also trying to learn some functions with my DMC FZ8. Why we don't learn is because we have no patience or time to change settings before we go for photo opportunities... "ok, the auto focus and metering is there for us... " we have been spoilt by this magnificent function! I love the Panasonic interface.
Smash I like those, very nice, and the last one looking down into the bloom, especially like that one.
Morgan, the morning glory shots are amazing. The sky blue morning glory amongst the golden summer colors is striking, and the twisted buds add a nice additional interest to the photo. Very nice.
MissMary, love the clouds...perfect for a back lit photo. Never thought about how pretty the water sprinkler can be when the sunlight it behind it, nice idea.
Dinu I found your "bino zoom" method quite interesting and can sort of picture how that would work. I've often wondered if I could put my polarized sunglasses up to my camera lens and get the beautiful coloring I see through them with my camera, I'd try it but mine are prescription.
Armpit shots pretty sneaky.☺ Cute story, I understand the shyness, I feel that way sometimes also.
I've used sunglasses over the lens before but with mine they give a brownish cast to the picture which can or can't look good depending on whats being photographed. I use binoculars too to boost the range of the camera, though results are a bit hit and miss.
Binocular + camera picture, #1, #2 is view with maximum zoom on camera lens. Always get very different colour from those bino shots.
A lot of really good pictures since I last posted here, the African Mask, Morning Glory and the Stapelia amongst others.
Don't know these plants, were unlabelled in a greenhouse though 2nd is of grapevine leaves, 3rd some sort of palm
DM, Nice ones. The 3rd one, on first look at the thumbnail appeared like a banana leaf to me. Some blues and purples, though looks attractive to the naked eye when it is backlit, it does not give the same effect in digital pictures. Am I right? Even some reds are like that. What do you say?
Very nice Echinopsis shots. I had tried the torch also when I took pictures of my Night blooming Cereus. It was shared in an earlier series here. In one shot I had covered the flash with my fingers and the white flower appeared red! Of course this was not a backlit subject, but the others were.
Very striking shots of the Echinopsis flower, I got some good torchlit results I think last year with Opuntia pads.
morgan - yuo shuold try an Echinopsis, they're very easy to grow and produce excellent large flowers.
Wider shot of the palm leaf and another Broom picture, with black seed pods.
Great shots everyone, Smashed how neat to put the flashlight in the bloom, really turned out great.
Morgan even though the horses aren't you photo is sure is a great back lit photo, thanks for sharing. I see back lit all the time too now. ☺
DMersh, love that leaf and especially the bright purple flower, and the hairs on the seed pod...nice.
Not too great this last download, compared to all these I just looked at.
Spider web, lovely. So is the last one of the hairy pod. That web is neat. No breeze I guess, so no snapped silk, except in one place at the edge. What a great artist. We also have a similar web-spinning spider here. I think I had posted it before. Here it is again, for comparison. Florida and Mysore area vegetations are so similar.
sunkissed - the spider web is superb! Red again...sigh, my fave color...just beautiful Passiflora.
DMersh - Are you suggesting I pay good money for a cactus? :-) (shudder) I don't think so. They stick you...we have bugs here that do that...no thanks...with all due respect and love for my fellow gardeners here, I like to LOOK at the flowers on cactus...but not touch. Great pod shot by the way. They look big.
HMM - Good shot getting the backlit butterfly. I know how hard that is to get with them flitting around like they do.
Dinu - Great spiderweb
Shantung Maple Leaf
Baby Loquat leaves
Cycad with totally messed up web
DMersh, the hogweed is really fantastic, and I sure would love to hike those hills you have there.
morganc, what a pretty shot of the desert rose flower. I just had a seed pod on mine finally open and captured the seeds, they look like large milkweed seeds and sure they would have blown away if I didn't catch them when I did. First time I've ever had a seed pod on my plant.
Cracking shot of the desert rose morgan and yes, Giant Hogweed is very nasty indeed - toxic burning sap which causes severe blistering. Nice to look at though.
Thankyou sunkissed, the hills in Scotland are a delight to hike in, though can be quite boggy - a lot of peat bog areas that never dry out properly. Heres a view of Loch Turret and surrounding hills, which top about 2500ft.
Saw some feral Crocosmia by a riverbank, in flower which is unusual - it spreads all over the place but is rarely seen flowering. Last one had a bug in sillhouette
Thanks MissMary, the Balsam is a highly invasive alien species here but it sort of blends in quite well and bees love the oddly shaped flowers, the bees actually disappear completely inside the flower while they collect pollen!
I forgot to post this thistle picture with hoverfly from end of July.
Seed pods on the Himalayan Balsam
DMersh - you have a seriously nasty looking cactus there. But I really liked your Himalayan Balsam leaf and Hoverfly. We have some flowers here that practically swallow bees. I have one photo I tagged "Bee Butt".
Dinu - I ALWAYS love your raindrop pics. It wasn't until I saw one of yours that I tried to take my own. For someone who lives on the other side of the planet from me, I have amazingly learned a lot about taking pics from you. I never knew Aloe had such a pretty flower. Reminds me of a Brugmansia.
Smashed - I'll bet you don't get a lot of trespassers do you? :-)) Cool web shot.
Thanks, DMersh. I I like the Ferocactus, but it is one cactus that I don't have much luck with.
morganc, LOL. The shadow in your Bougainvillea blossom looks like a turkey to me.
Crassula platyphylla (I think ?)
smashed - Your Crassula I like...no spikes! And great color.
There was a hummingbird around our fountain this morning getting a drink, but no matter how fast I clicked the camera he was never in the frame. I think I have to learn more to take faster pics.
But since I stood there and took so many pics, I did capture some decent water splash and papyrus shots.
In my old yard, after the rains, I found this Caladium and brought it back in my possession. Since 3 years, the new owners have not done anything to the property that my brother sold off his portion. Hope many of you know the story which I have briefed in my DG blog here. I was so fond of this Caladium and I thought it was gone for ever. It was growing in a neglected lot where there were lot of fallen dry leaves from the tree. I'm happy in finding this.
Smashed - You always have the most interesting cactus or succulents, and with awesome blooms. I only have one...a night blooming Cereus.
Dinu - Love your Caldium...so glad you found your old friend.
HMM - Your blues are just gorgeous. And if your shrub is a Rosemary I know what you mean about them glowing when backlit. But my eye always sees more glow than my camera ever picks up. I too love the heart shaped leaves of the Moonflower
Oh the beauty of back lit photos...I've been traveling the whole month of Sept. in our camper and just getting caught back up. Great shots everyone...I took almost a 1000 photos while traveling...but not really too many back lit photos...
beach morning glory
My feet back lit by the campfire ☺
Some wild blazing star flowers at sunrise.
Oh, HMM, what gorgeous shots. I think it is at fall only that I have a bit of envy for all those places where the leaves put on a beautiful show. And you showcased them beautifully.
I was on vacation in New England and tried to take a lot, but it's not like living in it day after day with all the opportunity.
Here are some that from my Connecticut stay.
Something they call the Burning Bush or Fire Bush
This pic was as the sun was setting and just lit up this Tree by the side of the road. And my pic didn't show all that my eyes saw, but I liked it so much anyway I actually entered it in DG's contest.
Is anyone else entered? I've watched them for years, but this year I just jumped in and entered some for the first time. But there are so many beautiful pics on this forum alone that really should be entered. Like yours Mary. And Dinu, and lots of others.
Love the fall colors Mary, Mark and Morgan. Not much in the way of fall coloring here in FL this year, some years we do but stayed too warm too long here.
Morgan I did enter last year even though I know my photos could never win, but I did get an honorable mention in containers, which totally surprised me. Your photos are very nice and I hope you do enter some in the contest. Everybody here should enter...lots of nice shots have come across these back lit threads.
Some back lit photos from my hike last week...Florida Fall
It is easy to start a new thread. Just go to the homepage [home] where your forums are listed. If you are 'watching' the Photos forum, it will show in that list. Click on 'photos'. You will see the threads in that forum. Scroll down and you will see the 'starting a new topic' and 'subject' box. Below t his is the box for your description/message. You can attach photos using the browser button showing below. Hope this helps. I checked your homepage. Noticed that you have not started any thread except posting pics on the PF. So I understand your predicament!
In the subject box, you have to use the same title for this series :Share your backlit pictures here.. Part 18. And I'm sure you know how to link it to Part 17 to the new one, 18 and vice versa. Hope it is clear now.