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Firewheel in motion

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Firewheel in Motion 0150

Gaillardia pulchella: firewheel, Indian blanket, blanket flower.

Lupinus texensis: Texas bluebonnet.

Shutter speed: 1/40 sec.

Movement: plenty.

Approach: experimental.

Place: Bluegrass Dr.

Date: April 4.

© 2016 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

April 20, 2016 at 5:15 AM

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  1. It looks like you were doing a little freewheeling, and I like the result. I especially like that the firewheel seems to be in motion, while the background is stable, and that some of the rays are sufficiently in focus to give a sense of the flower’s true appearance. Sometimes experiments fall flat, but this one certainly didn’t.


    April 20, 2016 at 5:52 AM

    • Thanks for the validation. Your first sentence reminded me of “The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan,” whose first song is conveniently “Blowin’ in the Wind.” A different Dylan song could symbolize the weather of the past few days in some parts of Texas: “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall.” It’s raining again here in Austin as I write this.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 20, 2016 at 8:29 AM

  2. Joyous!


    April 20, 2016 at 6:04 AM

  3. Steven: I really like the blurring effect.


    April 20, 2016 at 7:34 AM

  4. This experiment works, no failure here.

    Steve Gingold

    April 20, 2016 at 9:13 AM

  5. Result: Magical.


    April 20, 2016 at 10:28 AM

  6. Love your details on the exposure. It has come out well.

    Raewyn's Photos

    April 20, 2016 at 3:57 PM

  7. That was an experiment that really worked well!


    April 20, 2016 at 10:26 PM

    • Thanks. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, right?

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 20, 2016 at 10:53 PM

      • An idea is always worth trying!


        April 20, 2016 at 10:59 PM

        • That’s one of the advantages of digital: there’s not much to lose except a little time. I tried this concept with the firewheel three times, all with what I’d call acceptable results.

          Steve Schwartzman

          April 20, 2016 at 11:06 PM

  8. I really like your experiment .. Blurry beAutiful


    April 22, 2016 at 11:11 PM

  9. A delightful tribute to the nonstop action in natural beauties. 😀 Dazzling movement and light!
    Cheers to you,


    April 25, 2016 at 2:21 PM

  10. Nice one! Also enjoyed your photo-notes, particularly these:

    Movement: plenty.

    Approach: experimental.

    Susan Scheid

    May 1, 2016 at 4:07 PM

    • Vive la différence, right?
      I’d thought of putting “playfully experimental” or “playful” but I ended up settling on “experimental.”

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 1, 2016 at 8:06 PM

  11. Very nice Steve!

    Brian Comeau

    May 3, 2016 at 7:16 PM

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