Portraits of Wildflowers

Perspectives on Nature Photography

The answer, my friends

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You usually get straight photography here, but once in a while I show something different, like these 1/5th- and 1/6th-of-a-second pictures of greenthread flower heads (Thelesperma filifolium) as the wind blew them about. Experimental photographs of this type depend heavily on chance, so I can’t know how they’ll turn out. With that in mind, I take a bunch and see if I like any of the results. These two drew my attention. The first portrait is from the front and the other from the back; the darker one looks sideways and the brighter one looks upward. Whether you’ll look askance at these diversions remains to be seen.

In contrast, I’ve more often used a high shutter speed to stop the motion of something blowing about.

© 2019 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

June 9, 2019 at 4:41 AM

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  1. Really liking the one with the blue background.. lovely!

    Ms. Liz

    June 9, 2019 at 4:56 AM

  2. Love the second one most! Lovely colours and so alive!


    June 9, 2019 at 6:01 AM

  3. I love the effect here


    June 9, 2019 at 6:28 AM

  4. I really like the first. The phrase “the wind blows where it will” comes to mind. The entire image seems suffused with motion.


    June 9, 2019 at 6:41 AM

    • The Surrealists (Suffusionists?) might have liked those strangely misplaced stalks in the first photo. The version of the proverb that’s in my head is “The wind bloweth where it listeth.”

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 9, 2019 at 7:41 PM

  5. Excellent.


    June 9, 2019 at 7:14 AM

  6. Fantastic, Steve. I’m a sucker for a dark background, in case you haven’t noticed. As a mentor once told me not long ago, embrace the wind.

    Michael Scandling

    June 9, 2019 at 7:32 AM

    • “Embrace the wind” is a great way to put it. That’s certainly what I did in these two pictures. Another way to put it is: If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 9, 2019 at 7:44 PM

  7. Every once in a while one needs to try something new in photography. You did a fine job with your long exposures, Steven.

    Peter Klopp

    June 9, 2019 at 8:10 AM

  8. Nicely executed.


    June 9, 2019 at 10:16 AM

  9. Love the photos, and the song, which will be running around in my head all day 🙂


    June 9, 2019 at 12:24 PM

    • You’re the first person to mention the song that the post’s title evoked. I hope the running around has stopped by now.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 9, 2019 at 8:32 PM

      • Great song, hard to miss it! We had a windy day here as a new weather front moved in, so the song remained 🙂


        June 9, 2019 at 10:48 PM

        • As we left Fort Worth for home yesterday afternoon, we just missed the storm that had begun to blow in. Five or six hours later, a thunderstorm caught up with us after we were safely ensconced back in Austin. The song was as appropriate for us as for you.

          Steve Schwartzman

          June 10, 2019 at 6:08 AM

  10. Both images are successful experiments. The first reminds me of a Rolodex gone wild.

    Steve Gingold

    June 9, 2019 at 2:52 PM

  11. Dos imágenes maravillosas.

  12. I’m not looking askance! These are fun. Thanks for reminding me about this kind of photograph. Time for me to try it again.

    Linda Grashoff

    June 10, 2019 at 8:36 AM

    • I appreciate your not looking askance. As you indicated in your post, experimenting from time to time is worth it, especially if you succeed.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 10, 2019 at 8:41 AM

  13. I also take photos in wind, but somehow, mine are not so nearly artistic. 🙂


    June 10, 2019 at 2:46 PM

    • Many of the pictures I took during my photo session didn’t come out well, either. These were probably the two best.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 10, 2019 at 2:57 PM

  14. Funny title! It’s good to change it up, isn’t it? I really like the second photo, it is joyous.


    June 11, 2019 at 7:37 PM

    • Enjoy joy, do you? Good for you.
      Your mention of changing it up reminds this former math teacher about calculus, which is about change.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 11, 2019 at 7:45 PM

  15. Yup, singing, well more like humming, here. I like them both, and can feel the movement. Nice!

    Ellen Jennings

    June 11, 2019 at 7:56 PM

  16. Not askance, but maybe slightly askew.


    June 12, 2019 at 11:00 PM

  17. Oh I really like the second one Steve … very snazzy!


    June 15, 2019 at 3:27 AM

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