### Weekly Garden&Flower ### 25 April 2014
E-M1 with 60 macro. Neither is cropped.
The flower is about 1 cm in length which makes the insect about 4 mm. I think it is a mosquito but can't be sure; he did not bite me.
Very nice roses. I don't usually think of the 70 -300 when I go out to take pictures of flowers and any I get with that are usually when I am trying to get butterflies.
You're right about being more careful; however, none of my recent travails has been more painful than that joke. Full frame, indeed. Oh dear, I'll have to listen to a half hour of Henny Youngman stand up one liners to clear my brain. "Take my wife, please." "I told my doctor it hurts when I do dat. Doc said, don't do dat." I feel a little better, now.
I've drooled over the Olympus STF-22 for years. It has so much power and range, but I only need that type of flash for close up stuff. $70 is a lot easier on the purse than $700+. I'm thinking this little gizmo will be good for softening the shadows under eyebrows and chin and reducing the PP in the portrait work I'm trying not to do any more of. I imagine you can use the Oly twin flash to melt a path through the snow until you have flowers to shoot.
I went back to the hospital again today, just to shoot some more of their roses, trying different exposure and lighting strategies. I'm working on them now. Maybe if this thread doesn't fill, I'll post another set. Rich
Thanks, Andrew. That rose in the first pic does appear to be two colors. I'm going back every day until it's in full bloom to see how it develops. This is the first year I've photographed this garden, so I don't know what to expect. I'm mending quickly, thanks. Rich
Nate, hold a tropical fish aquarium net under them and catch them when they fall. Then, when you've got 'em, put them in a jar and force them to eat kale. A fate worse than death. Rich
This week the Apple Blossoms were beautiful.
I really like the 1st one, good composition and great color.
Beautiful color, John. Yeah, it's your turn. I had a long, dreary Winter. I'm not apologetic for passing it over to you, just relieved. Does it freeze often in Melbourne? It did here on the beach in The Redwoods, several weeks of it this year, unusual. Old joints get cranky. Keep warm, Rich.