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Red Number 3

Red Number 3. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

Red Number 3. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

The subject is a red lily. The triptych is composed of three distinct images, each shot with a Nikon D200 and the Nikon 105mm f2/8 macro lens, with varying exposure and lighting. The individual images have been published, but this is the first time I have combined them into a single triple image. (Click image for larger view – View widescreen.)

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Summer Wildflowers

Summer Wildflowers. Nikon D7100. ISO 200. 44 mm. 1/60sec at f/11. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

Summer Wildflowers. Nikon D7100. ISO 200. 44 mm. 1/60sec at f/11. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

Often, the most appealing and attractive outdoor scenes are the simplest – A few white wildflowers at the trunk of a tree in the midst of greenery. (Click image for larger.)

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Dahlias

Dahlia. Nikon D7100. 105 mm Micro Nikkor. ISO 250. 1/80 sec at f/32. Ring flash on lens. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

Dahlia. Nikon D7100. 105 mm Micro Nikkor. ISO 250. 1/80 sec at f/32. Ring flash on lens. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

It is high summer – maybe even a bit past, but here in the Northeast, these are usually the warmest days of summer. The dahlias are reigning supreme in the summer garden. Dahlias are the national flower of Mexico. Their natural habitat is limited to Mexico and Central America. Dahlias were discovered by European explorers in Mexico in the 16th Century. Since then there has been extensive hybridization with the development of many new varieties.

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Study in Red (Dahlia)

Study in Red (Dahlia). Nikon D7100. 105 mm Micro Nikkkor. ISO 250. 1/80 sec at f?36. Ring flash on lens. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

Study in Red (Dahlia). Nikon D7100. 105 mm Micro Nikkkor. ISO 250. 1/80 sec at f/36. Ring flash on lens. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

Can a red dahlia be too red? This one is like a “Hollywood” dahlia – completely uninhibited and glamorous – sheer sensuality. But is there a note of danger on top?

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Foliage and Red Dahlia

Foliage and Red Dahlia. Nikon 7100. 105 mm Micro Nikkor. ISO 250. 1/80 sec at f/36. Ring flash on lens. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

Foliage and Red Dahlia. Nikon 7100. 105 mm Micro Nikkor. ISO 250. 1/80 sec at f/36. Ring flash on lens. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

In addition to their lush colors, Dahlias are characterized by having a rich green foliage that can really hold its own against the flowers. Indeed, here is an image in which the foliage is almost at center stage while the flowers are in a supporting role. [Click image for larger.]

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Spring Pink IV for May One Four Challenge Week Four

Spring Pink IV. Four Week Four of May 2015 One Four Challenge. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

Spring Pink IV. For Week Four of May 2015 One Four Challenge. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

I struggled to decide how I should treat this image for this week’s final edit. Should I go “mod” and do something radical. Or should I be conservative. I thought initially that the previous three weeks – original, black and white, and an altered painterly version (see below) – had been all that I could do and retain the integrity of the image. But I decided that I could push what I did last week even further, and that this image lent itself well to an antiqued vintage look. Read More

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