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I love that shot of the decaying leaf. The pattern looks like agriculture fields from an airplane! And I really liked the opening picture. Thanks for opening this new series. As for me, there are no new pictures taken.
Aaah, yes morganc. I'm glad if my faults are useful to mankind... and soul-soothing!
The same cosmoses grew in my garden. Not anymore. No volunteers grew this season. Did not save seeds. They spread everywhere if left.
I post an unattractive photo of moon flower taken this evening.
Good autumn colours Dinu and HMM, very good lighting on the cosmos, morganc.
I've not done much backlighting recently but took this of a farm gate in low afternoon sun. Days are very short here now in the north.
Dinu - is that blue flower the very same plant as the light pink? If so, AWESOME...like getting two plants for one. I LOVE the Thunbergia, wonder if they'd grow here in our fierce heat? Impatiens usually croak during our summer unless in full shade. Nice shots Dinu. How do you get the black background?
Mary, nice two shots!
Morganc, thanks. Those two are different flowers and I've mentioned. The black b/g is from the shade my house was forming with the wall. It was the shadow part of the wall and the sun was round the corner. With just 1/200 and f 5.6, I got it. I've only increased only a bit of shadow in Picasa to it only to bring out the pink of the flower nearly right.
I took a few more this morning before leaving for work.
1. Same flower posted yesterday. But different settings. See b/g.
2. Forgot its name.. edible and aromatic.
3. A portion of jasmine plant, sun was on opposite.
4. Same portion of jasmine plant, from the opposite side, sun behind my back.
5. A plant's flower growing in my pond.
1. An edible legume we are growing now.
2. Grandpa Otts seedpods hanging on my arch.
4. Same, but just changed settings to show b/g, which is a shade net. Have shown s/speed on the image itself.
5. New nylon threads on my bicycle bell wind chime!
Dinu the plant in my fourth photo, Cape Honeysuckle, a vigorous growing plant here in Central Florida. It only blooms from very late summer through January, which happens to be our driest season. I chop it back all summer long, but it still grows up the side of my house. It can also withstand pretty cold temperatures when everything else is damaged by freezing temperatures it will still look good, maybe because the house keeps it warm and the East Sun. I see your photos on the plant file.
Dinu - your pics are all so lovely as usual. I am also jealous you have such beautiful flowers blooming in December. I don't know if I have ever seen a stamen that long on a Hibiscus before. Is that common there?
Here's a few I don't think I sent before.
1 - one of our friendly deer checking out our yard from outside the fence.
2 - a green butterfly whose name I don't know...but he appears to be watching me take his pic
3 - blooming grasses
4 - I DID NOT TAKE THIS PIC...but found it on the net and loved it. This is a perfect group to share it with.
Some most recent shots.
Yesterday morning, I found some grass on the ground and flowers were up. There was the morning sun. I plucked a few of them and formed a bouquet, held it between index finger and thumb and these shots resulted!
Hope you enjoy.
Lovely grass shots Dinu and sensational shot of the Mexican Fan Palm morganc, one of the best backlits I've seen in a long time.
Haven't done much backlighting recently (sun is very low this far north) but can offer a sidelit landscape shot, view of the Scottish Highlands looking north from Knock Hill, Crieff.
DMersh, I had a similar shot of the fan palm - I think at the start of one of the threads in this series that I started. Many of you may remember that. Your shot here is a very fine one!! I no longer have that palm. It so reminded me of mine.
Thankyou Dinu, that shot is looking into the valley of Glenturret (you can see the road snaking upwards in the middle of picture), which leads to Loch Turret. I see Highland Cows when I walk up to Loch Turret, I love these animals, they have such a wild, untamed look to them. Very docile animals though, despite the fierce appearance.
DMersh, the highland cow is one unique creature, needs a good haircut. I'm glad you posted a nice close shot of one.
morganc the palm fronds are just wonderful! Great back lit photos. And Dinu nice grass shots. Morning walks bring some nice shots for you.
I've been playing around and getting acquainted to my new camera, tried a few back lit but they didn't come out too well. This is all I have for now.
My turkey oak sporting fall colors, a garden spider and web, my Mexican flame vine plant.
Good shots sunkissed.
I can also share a few today. I had some time to take images.
~ Holmskioldia shrub. I had not adjusted the setting and hence I had to warm the image with Picasa. It was under the 'fluorescent' and hence the bluish bokehs in the background. I later changed the setting.
~ Weaver ant bottom has been lit!
~ Don't they look lovely from these angles?
~ I don't know what the name of this yellow flower. It'll produce a dicot which we eat.
~ This is a poor shot. Same as the first plant photo. See the over-cool colour because of that setting.
Hahaa, morganc. Well said and you are right about the first two! Electric power... summer time.. dangerously low level of reservoirs .. dependent on hydro-electric power... power shortage... load shedding... warm and early summer ... already hot sun [power]!! So you got the idea now... so, flower problems too! We are to face 6-7 hours of load shedding in the coming 2-3 months and by then, everyone expects a good rainfall. There should be rains in April and some in May but that is not going to alleviate the water storage much. June to October is the actual "dam-filling season". If it is full then the coming summer can be faced. Rain in the past season was much below normal and the dams did not fill to the brim and fell way short and that is why we expect a severe shortage.
Sun is shining brightly as I write this [from workdesk], showing its power! Doors are open - I see a lovely open courtyard and the two fans above [high ceiling of our palatial century old building] are in operation. All said and done, our building is the coolest. Mercury touches 35 C now.
Welcome jamibad. Your camera instruction is different. But backlit photography is photographing a subject with the light from behind it and facing the camera. Light can be in the form of sunlight or artificial light. Just google 'backlit photography' and see which link suits your basic need. See examples available there also. Here also in this series, there are numerous wonderful shots to be enjoyed. Backlit images have their own beauty. Since you say [in your homepage] you are an outgoing person, you will find plenty of subjects to shoot. Do share them here and also in the many forums. I hope you are already doing it to some extent as I see you are a member since 2009 and you say you have a new camera. Why don't you share some camera information just for our information? I tried to explain for you.
Hi again, Dinu, First I wanted to tell you my DSIL just moved back to the states after spending 15 years in Puna India. Her husband is a follower of Mir Baba, not sure if I'm giving the correct spelling, They loved the country, and experienced the power shortage of which you spoke. It's amazing to see that DG attracts people world wide. I love that about this site, I am always looking for idea's and advice and find that here is the best place to be when meeting people, and learning new things.
Second, my camera is a Nikon, coolpix. Just looking at it and the wording on the camera is it's a Lens-shift VR, if that means anything, has a wide 26X zoom, and has 16.1 megapixels. My DH bought it for me Valentine's day because I'm always taking picture's of our travels, gardens, dogs, what ever catches my attention. I love it. It's not the most expensive camera on the market, but it really get's close up to things, and has a lot of different settings, one of which I asked about , the back lit picture's. I'll have to look at some of my photo's to see if I did any by accident. The picture's here are of a hawk that landed on our dog kennel before we turned it into a green house. He sat there for almost a half hour looking around, I did the picture's in Black and White, I did a short video of him, took some very close up's, I played with the different settings on the camera, and he was a perfect subject. I was about 30 feet from him when I took these picture's.
I have a lot of different picture's I took with the old camera I had a little pocket version, took good picture's but nothing like this one. I have some picture's of our garden, close ups, my azelias when they were in bloom, which are now my avatar. I really haven't been out and about to catch any good photographs. This summer we'll be going to the Grand Canyon and I do hope to get some great shots there. I'm more of a water person, love being around water, snorkeling, boating, but this trip will be something new and different for me, so I look forward to catching some great shots. Thanks for explaining the back lit picture's and I'll really give it a try when I see something I can get a good picture of. Jami
Thanks Jami. Good shots of the hawk, though they don't fit in to the subject of this thread. Yes, there are so many things we keep learning with each passing month. I too have learnt so much by visiting the forums and sharing things here on DG. What can I say? It's such a wonderful place.
You must have meant to spell 'Sai Baba'?
I've visited Pune many times for playing cricket. It was a beautiful city 20-25 years ago, but modernization has affected it too quickly, just like Mysore is, slowly.
I haven't used Nikon. I use Panasonic FZ8 which is in its 7th year. My elder D is fond of photography and she has Canon 550D. SLR. I use this too.
For examples of backlit images, you can just browse the threads and see many lovely shots.
You say you are a water-lover. I hope you have visited the other forums relating to 'Water Gardens'.
Here are two shots back lit. One is a Common Crow Butterfly and the other is a geranium.
I know this isn't a cactus, but it's in the middle of my cactus garden, LOL. My dogwood is now in bloom. These are from a Nikon Coolpix 10X zoom. Sorry for the picture quality. I didn't have my glasses on when I took the pics.
Lovely shots, everyone! I haven't posted in a while and am looking forward to getting back in the swing of things. So many beautiful colors and shapes in your pictures -- it is Spring and things are starting to liven up here, too.
Dinu, with regard to your Feb. 1 post...I have a Clerodendron (-drum), too. Lovely scented flowers and leaves that smell like peanut butter...hence, the common name of "Peanut Butter Bush" here.
smashedcactus, those shots - if you can try it again by keeping the sun right behind the flower petals so that the sun is obscured... it should make a lovely shot. Try it if you can again and put your glasses on. I know in the sun's glare also you would not have seen the monitor display properly... am I right? I've tried by doing that to the gladiolus flowers and got good results. I had posted them in one of the earlier series of this.
Mary, I have not smelled my Clerodendrum. So I do not know if it smells anything unique at all. They are not in bloom now. Waiting to see Mary spring up some Spring shots!
1. Undesirable scene, but an everyday thing... polluted fuel [illegal supply] in the 3-wheeler taxi... exudes bad smoke, highlighted by the afternoon sun.
2. A lynx spider sitting on a leaf.
4. The same spider suntanning!
morganc, that geranium has a lovely bright colour.
Dinu, you're right about that first one. It's a sad fact in our world today -- dirty air. I'd never have thought about it being backlit but it really is. That's so creative of you. The spider silhouette on the leaf is quite nice!
Here's a Clerodendron leaf, backlit by the sun and radiantly showing off its veins.
Brilliant glow... HMMary... of the smoke! And of course the Clerodendron leaf. :) The fleshy Coleus aromaticus leaves also present a fine picture - I have to take one yet again. I had taken one last year when the sun was on that side.
smashedcactus, nice colours and nice pictures!
sunkissed, I had never seen a pale pink periwinkle. We have the white and pink ones.
morganc, well done.. crisp pictures... look at the petal tips of the geranium!
I return to edit... as HMM posted 4 pics when I was posting my reply.
Very nice Rhodos... and the others... enjoyed the pleasing colours.
Oh my look at all those beautiful Irises...wish they'd grow like that here in FL.
HMMary love the pretty pink Rhododendron, very nice shots.
Dinu that pale pink periwinkle came up from seed in my garden, although I never had one that color in the garden before, maybe a mutant of a previous periwinkle. I love the pale pink color and this is the second year it has come back. Hope it sticks around for awhile. ☺
The first one deserved a proper camera. It would have been a fantastic photo. Scenes as in the fall colours picture are rare in our part of the world. Lovely picture. Post more lavender!
Lavender4ever, I like the golden fall color, and same as Dinu's part of the world, a site we don't see in Florida, and not a bad photo for a phone. My phone is a toss away phone and takes horrible pictures.
I have been remiss in posting...and commenting lately. So I've made an effort to get some pics for you all.
Sunkissed - Love the pale periwinkle, so delicate looking...almost bride like. And I'll be looking for geraniums like yours...almost look stripey. And I love your Icon/Avatar pre-monarch.
smashed - more non-cactus...whoo-hoo! And there's that pale pink again...I WANT that color in my garden.
Dinu - your pic is stunning...like how you got close
lavender - your tree shot is lovely...
1. Indica Canna leaves
2. Night Blooming Cereus - we used a flashlight on this one.
3. Croton plant
4. Spider web on porch made overnight
That web looks like that of some signature spider that has gone shopping when you took that photo.
Very lovely blowing - sorry glowing - why sorry, it was blowing alright - blew me! - picture of the canna leaves.
I've taken a few shots in the last 2-3 days... will post tonight.
I so love the interesting items that get back lit here.
Dinu - are you within arms length of that huge bee? Nice shot. Our bees never rest their wings. Love the little hairs on the Fiddlewood flower. You have Carrion plants in your yard?
sunkissed - I love your yard...but then I am the jungle type...my DH always wants to whack everything and keep them separate, but I just keep planting and he gives up eventually. :-) What is the hot pink flower?
1. President Canna
2. After our company's children left LOL
3. Pink Plumeria
4. Sweet Potato and unidentified bug
5. Elderberry bloom
morganc, very nice colourful set! Liked the Elderberry esp. Did you notice the tiny spider on plumeria? Did it escape your attention even as you saw it on your PC?
That honeybee was not at arm's length, but at finger's length :) These bees are about an inch long.
The hot pink flowers are Penta's, there is also a Wendy's wish salvia in the photo.
Dinu, that bee shot is almost too close for comfort, what a great shot of the green glowing coleus leaves. And I didn't notice the spider on morgan's Plumeria until you pointed it out...you have a good eye there.
morganc, I laughed out loud at the hand print, I see those often after the grandson leaves. I really like the Elderberry blossom, those grow wild around here...the birds just love the berries.
Dinu - Holy spiderweb...it's a spider with what looks like a Batmobile. A Batman Spider! And for those of you who never watched American TV decades ago...well, I just can't explain Batman. And yes Dinu, I actually did notice the little spider guy...of course he doesn't hold a candle to your Batman Spider. LOL Still he looks nasty.
sunkissed - do your Elderberry trees smell as heavenly as ours do when they bloom?
1. The nasty spider close up
2. Windmill Palm fronds
3. Masquerade Daylily
4. Cardinal - huge zoom on this one, but noticed his top knot was back-lit :-)
morganc, good comparison to Batman. How right! I post a pic of the very spider and you can see how small it is - kept my fingers for scale.
Your camera brings out the greens so nicely, morgan! Beautiful again, the second pic.
We have those batmobile spiders here too, they are a strange looking spider.
morgan the palm fronds are a real stand out. And yes the Elderberry trees have a strong scent, but it isn't pleasant, it smells like a male cat has been around. They are at the beginning of my neighborhood and I walk very fast and try not to breath as I go by. ☺ Apparently Texas has a different kind.
Dinu - Our property came with many of these Yucca plants. Very hard to remove, so we left them and low and behold, once they got some water and food, they bloom regularly every late spring. They send up this 5 to 6 foot spike that opens with all these flowers. It's really awesome to see.
Nice pictures everyone! Had to take a day off just to get some pictures, LOL. First two of a Notocactus (now called Parodia). Lens was fogged on first picture from the humidity. Third, Gymnocalycium baldianum. Fourth, Epiphyllum ackermanii.
smashed - Love the flowers, your 4th one (red) I think is related to my Night Blooming Cereus/Dutchman's Pipe. Mine has white flowers, but love the red. And your mohair cactus is so cute...looks like a creature...LOL.
Nice photo shots everyone, got a bit behind while on vacation. Interesting about the Yucca's flowering. Our neighbor has two up against my fence, very tall and getting ugly lanky, never a flower. We decided to saw them down a couple months ago and they are coming back with more bushy branches. Never thought of giving them some food, might try it for some blooms.
Went through my vacation photos and only found this back lit photo, an flower on an apple cactus plant.
pearl, I'm glad you have found this thread-series. Nice pictures you showed us. Interesting yellow mushroom!
morganc, again, good ones from you... did you use flash for the 3rd picture of the fountain? That water sitting like ice is good to see. And glowing bees!
Nice shots, the mushroom is a great back lit. I always like the cactus blooms, and water shots are a great idea. Dinu, sometimes I think you're taking pictures in my garden, so many of the same plants. ☺
smashed, that is velcro-like hooks!
morganc, some of the water shots you must see on f/b - my DD has taken, of course she saw some of mine and she went one step ahead what with her SLR.
I liked the Nile picture - somehow I get drawn to such pleasing colours.
Went out to the garden with new camera looking for "back-lit" shots to take...saw this guy...kind of nasty looking...but gorgeous color. Got a bit of a wing back-lit...so thought I would share him with you all.