Perspectives on Nature Photography
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Anemone decapetala north of Old Lampasas trail on March 3.
© 2016 Steven Schwartzman
Written by Steve Schwartzman
March 27, 2016 at 5:08 AM
Posted in nature photography
Tagged with Austin, flower, nature, white, wildflowers
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Lovely. The dark background and back-lighting really makes this glow.
March 27, 2016 at 5:16 AM
Your reference to the glow reminded me of this song.
March 27, 2016 at 7:02 AM
It is glowing and I love the purple fringe ..
March 27, 2016 at 6:16 AM
These anemones vary in color from purple to white, and here the fringe of a white anemone offers a hint of the opposite extreme.
March 27, 2016 at 7:07 AM
I’m speechless. Having spent some time trying to photograph one of these gems yesterday, the thought that you were able to shoot from below is astonishing. Perhaps the stems increase in length as they mature. The ones I found were only three or four inches tall. Of course, even if this one was a foot tall, it’s still quite a photo. That blue stem is a remarkable touch.
March 27, 2016 at 6:35 AM
According to Marshall Enquist, anemone flower stalks can grow to 15 inches. I think this one was no more than half that, so while I lay on my mat on the ground, as usual, I distinctly remember struggling to get low enough for decent pictures. I ended up taking a selective-focus approach, focusing on the uppermost sepal and living with the fact that parts of the flower farther from the lens wouldn’t be sharp. In some of the other 15 photographs I ended up with I see that the flower stalk had sunlight on it, but here the glaucous stalk left most of the attention on the flower.
March 27, 2016 at 7:50 AM
Very nice Steve. Love the composition from the back!
March 27, 2016 at 5:14 PM
That can be an effective view.
In a different kind of photography, compare this famous view from the back:
March 27, 2016 at 5:17 PM
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March 27, 2016 at 6:57 PM
March 27, 2016 at 7:28 PM
Short and sweet!
March 29, 2016 at 5:31 PM
But “short and sweet” is one syllable longer than “divine” and “succinct.”
March 29, 2016 at 5:41 PM
But it can mean succinct and be described as divine 😀
March 29, 2016 at 7:24 PM
Then I divine that that makes you a diva of the divine.
March 29, 2016 at 8:59 PM
Yep, that’s me, superwoman 😉
March 31, 2016 at 6:06 PM
March 27, 2016 at 7:45 PM
March 27, 2016 at 7:48 PM
This is one of those beautifully lit shots that seems almost spiritual, Steve. Perfect! It lifted my mood after saying goodbye to my 16 year old dog for the last time today. Thank you.
March 30, 2016 at 9:10 AM
You’re most welcome, Jane. I’m sorry for your loss but glad that this image brought you some solace.
March 30, 2016 at 9:43 AM
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