Sunday, May 30, 2010

(Day 150) Iris Sunday

No, I'm not starting a new theme to compete with Scott's Sunset Sunday. It's just that the irises have been beckoning me these last few days to immortalize them (well, at least take their photo) before they fade away again. So I went out today to various places - around the pond (some irises thrive in shallow water near the edge), and in the garden. It was a little breezy and as I waited out the occasional gusts I was rewarded with the fragrance of the irises wafting about.

(60mm  f5.6  1/320 sec  ISO800)






















(60mm  f14  1/10 sec  ISO200)
















(60mm  f5.6  1/250 sec  ISO800)
















(60mm  f4.5  1/80 sec  ISO200)
















And for Sunset Sunday I have the following photo, shot when we were away a couple of weeks ago:

(18-55mm  f8  1/320 sec  ISO200)

23 comments:

Katherine said...

Oh wow Rick these photos are simply beautiful! How beautiful are those iris's... thanks for posting them.
Hope you had a great weekend.

Julia said...

Those iris' are gorgeous!! I wish that my camera could zoom in and focus so well!!! OUrs haven't opened yet!

Rick said...

@Katherine - thank you; they are such wonderful creations and smell so good! My weekend was great - hope yours was getting healthier, and hope your week goes much better.

Scott said...

Those are absolutely beautiful. I love that second flower especially. What a gorgeous flower, and perfect photo of it. Hey, and thanks for playing along with Sunset Sunday, that is a great sunset with the silhouettes of the trees in the foreground.

Rick said...

@Julia - thanks Julia; use the macro setting on your camera and get as close as you can while the image remains in focus - your shots have been very good!

Rick said...

@Scott - thank you Scott! I was thinking specifically of your Sunset Sunday a few weeks ago when we were away - made and kept a few shots I could use :)

darlin said...

Wow, fantastic shots of the Iris's (is that proper for the plural of an iris? hmmmm). I especially love the first photo, the close up is amazing! You have sunshine there? I'm darn near jealous and ready to move to someplace where the sun shines! lol

Nice sunset as well, no sunsets here lately... it's been to gray and cloudy to see much of anything after ten.

Photog Ave said...

Beautiful work! Really like 1 and the neon green in 3. I love taking pictures of Irises.

['รด ] Avery

Rick said...

@darlin - thank you Darlene. (I think it's irises ...). We had 'broken skies' i.e. clouds, sun breaking through, then cloud cover. It looked like it would get darker so I shot in mid-afternoon while there was light. Trade you some sun for some of your rain - pretty dry here (don't send snow tho' :)

Rick said...

@Photog Ave - thanks Avery - a nice bit of light coming in behind the irises lit things up nicely. I like shooting irises too - they look pretty cool. Have a great week - school must be done soon.

CarreraCaballo said...

Wow, all of the photos deserve 5 Stars actually, the vivid colors, the vibrant atmosphere, the amazing soft bouquets and etc . . .

Greetz,

Joseph

Rick said...

@CarreraCaballo - thank you Joseph; have a great week!

Jeanne Klaver said...

Breathtaking!

Krista said...

This post is made of happy. I am loving all of the different and beautiful colours, as well as the crisp, clean lines you've captured in the irises. Irises and pansies are my favourite flowers... do you have any pansies in your yard?

imac said...

Ah, tis funny but Ive been shooting flag Irises too today, I'll post them later.

You certainly have the knack to get the best out of them Rick, and a super sunset to boot.

cindyzlogic said...

Beautiful, artistic photography, Rick! Awesome sunset pic!

Kerri said...

Beauties Rick! That last shot of the Iris is Stunning! WOW!

Karen said...

Lovely iris - brilliant color, love the spring green background. I totally missed mine! Too many trips to Moab!

Rick said...

@Jeanne Klaver - thank you Jeanne!

Rick said...

@Krista - thank you Krista. There are so many amazing flowers - my favourite is whatever I happen to be shooting that day! :-)

And yes, I also have pansies - just haven't put them up to the lens yet.

Rick said...

@imac - what a coincidence - I look forward to seeing yours! Thanks mac.

Rick said...

@cindyzlogic - thanks for your kind words Cindy; glad you enjoyed them.

Rick said...

@Kerri - I think photos always turn out better when you're 'in the mood', and I had a lot of fun making these. Thanks Kerri!