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Painted Desert – Desert 6

Painted Desert - Desert 6 - Arizona. Nikon 8700. 13.7 mm. ISO 100. 1/200 at f/4.9. Copyright Joanne Mason 2011.

For a change of pace… Here is a new image in the desert series. This is the Painted Desert in Arizona. This is a false color infrared image. I believe these color treatments capture both the desolation and the otherworldly beauty of the desert. That beauty is often reflected in subtle color gradations which the infrared emphasizes.

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Dahlias-2

Dahlias. Nikon D200. AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 ED-IF. 105mm. ISO 400. 1/250 sec at f/36. Multiple Speedlights. Copyright © Joanne Mason 2011.

Here’s another interesting macro image of the dahlias. Most of the recent macro images here have been shot with a ring flash, but these two dahlias were not, shot instead with a setup of several speedlights at sides and above. That produces deeper and richer shadows. The yellow is natural color at the base of the petals as they begin to unfold, but here the yellow (which has been enhanced a bit in post) looks more a golden light emanating from within. Very sensual, I think.

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Dahlias

Dahlias. Nikon D200. AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 ED-IF. 105mm. ISO 400. 1/250 sec at f/36. Multiple Speedlights. Copyright © Joanne Mason 2011.

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Asiatic Lily Red

Red Asiatic LIly. Nikon D200.; AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF. At 70mm. ISO 400. 1/250 sec at f/9. Multiple speedlights Nikon CLS. Copyright © Joanne Mason 2011.

 

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Rose Bouquet

Bouquet of Roses and Peruvian Lilies. Nikon D200. AF-S VR Zoo00m-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF. At 102 mm. ISO 400. 1/250 sec at f/20. Multiple speedlights Nikon CLS. Copyright © Joanne Mason 2011.

I’m getting increasingly interested in this high key imaging.

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Gerbera Daisies 3

Here are more images of the Gerbera Daisies, starting with the image posted yesterday. (I’m really happy with this image which took a little more work than usual.)

Gerbera Daisy. Nikon D200. AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 ED-IF. 140mm. ISO 400. 1/60 sec at f/11. Multiple Speedlights Nikon CLS. Copyright Joanne Mason 2011.

And another normal image…

Gerbera Daisy. Nikon D200. AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 ED-IF. 105mm. ISO 400. 1/160 sec at f/36. Multiple speedlights. Copyright © Joanne Mason 2011.

And three macro images…

Gerbera Daisy. Macro. Nikon D200. AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 ED-IF. 105 mm. ISO 400. 1/160 sec at f/32. Ring flash. Copyright © Joanne Mason 2011.

Gerbera Daisy. Macro. Nikon D200. AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 ED-IF. 105 mm. ISO 400. 1/250 sec at f/5.6. Ring flash. Copyright © Joanne Mason 2011.

Gerbera Daisy. Macro. Nikon D200. AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 ED-IF. 105 mm. ISO 400. 1/160 sec at f/40. Ring flash. Copyright © Joanne Mason 2011.

I think that’s about enough of Gerbera’s for a while, though a few words first. The Gerbera is a member of the daisy/aster/sunflower family. I have always thought the Gerbera was uniquely native to South Africa – and it was first identified and named there – but in fact it grows naturaly throughout South America and much of Asia as well. The Gerbera is the fifth most popular cut commercial flower in the world. If you are wanting to attract butterflies, plant Gerberas, but alas it’s a tender annual plant. There’s extraordinary variation in color with both single and double petal rows.

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