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French Lavender

By brian1208
Some things just cry out to be photographed - this was one. I have tried to capture the simple elegance of this lavender - I hope you think I have suceeded

Tags: Flowers and plants

Voters: Mavis, Terry L, aunt sally and 15 more

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tomboy 13
15 May 2004 6:13AM
love this one

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jules41 13 197 United Kingdom
15 May 2004 6:24AM
Beautifully taken,the colours in this are lovely and you'v captured the elegance of it so well,*click*
bradp 13 43
15 May 2004 6:28AM
Delicate beauty.
I have never seen one of these before and amazed at it's structure.
You did a great job capturing it's detail.
Well Done!
Mavis Plus
16 143 2 England
15 May 2004 6:30AM
A very elegant background for such an elegant flower . You have made it look like a jewelled hatpin . click.
brian1208 Plus
14 11.3k 12 United Kingdom
15 May 2004 6:45AM
Thanks Tom, Julie, Brad and Mavis.

Tom, welcome to the site.
Mavis, that's a nice analogy - It does look like those Edwardian pins doesn't it
Brad, if you have the space, plant some - they are easy to grow and bring a real touch of French elegance to your garden

debbiehardy 13 363 United Kingdom
15 May 2004 6:59AM
This is beautiful, Brian. I could almost inhale the scent!
brian1208 Plus
14 11.3k 12 United Kingdom
15 May 2004 7:17AM
Hi Debbie, thanks for the kind comment. I love your portfolio self-portrait - Smile

sze4j 14 56 Singapore
15 May 2004 7:54AM
This is indeed very elegant...and very gently captured. Really beautiful.

Am planning a trip to Provence this year to be with the fields of lavendar! Wonder if it will be the same type as above?

naturenut 15 1.8k England
15 May 2004 8:44AM
This is beautiful Brian, well done.
aunt sally 14 110 United Kingdom
15 May 2004 9:04AM
Beautiful piece of work Brian, you have made this look quite stunning, I like the slight angle and the detail is very good.

Terry. (boyd-longley)

oops Sharon still logged in.
Bernie 14 2.2k
15 May 2004 9:12AM
As they say in these here parts"bootiful".

Now to pick your brains.
I have been going to buy a macro lense for quite a few weeks now, but can't make my mind up. I was gonna go for the Tamron but then spotted the Sigma, I also noticed that you(my fav macro man)Wink have started using the Sigma, I've looked into the sigma and realised there are 2 of similar speck but with a price difference of around 80, now I don't want to get the wrong one if I decide on the Sigma.
Your thoughts would be appreciated Brian before 1)I go nuts, 2) my missus realises I haven't spent the money yet.

scragend 13 3 Scotland
15 May 2004 9:43AM
I agree with all of the above comments. Nicely isolated, sharp, colours well captured and a great idea. What more do you want? Oh! A Click!
helendixon 14 30 United Kingdom
15 May 2004 10:08AM
Really beautiful Brian, you have captured the elegance very well. I love it.

brian1208 Plus
14 11.3k 12 United Kingdom
15 May 2004 10:17AM
Thanks to you all, I'm glad you approve. It is a glorious plant and I wanted to do it justice.

sze, if you haven't been before you will love Provence, but if possible avoid Late July / August. It can get unbearably hot and full of tourists. The lavenders there are gorgeous and they grow a huge variety. The markets are great as you can see (and buy) most types there.

Bernie: the more expensive of the two sigma 70-300 macros is the APO version (less chromatic abberation) and is the one I think most of us have. It will give you 1/2 size at full mag compared to the Tamron which is 1:1 (full size). Its a trade off, the closest focus on the sigma is 2 - 3 ft (great for butterflies etc) whereas the Tamron is 9 inches. The Tamron works better with extension tubes and reversed 50mm lens (in my experience)

Hope this helps

Bernie 14 2.2k
15 May 2004 1:49PM
Thanks Brian.
Think I'll lean towards the Tamron.
I have 2 70-300's already but was willing to ebay 1.

brian1208 Plus
14 11.3k 12 United Kingdom
15 May 2004 1:58PM
Its a superb lens once you learn to use it properly. It makes a lovely fast, short telephoto as well,

IanA 14 3.0k 12 England
15 May 2004 8:22PM
Colour and delicacy superbly caught Brian!

Ian (clicked)
brian1208 Plus
14 11.3k 12 United Kingdom
15 May 2004 8:32PM
Thanks Ian.

17 May 2004 10:10AM
Nice shot..
notabimbo 14 9
19 May 2004 12:20AM
You have indeed succeeded, this is just wonderful. I've been so impressed by the macros you've been doing lately (not to mention envious) Smile)

Very well done.
brian1208 Plus
14 11.3k 12 United Kingdom
19 May 2004 7:02AM
Tracy & Amy, thanks for taking time to comment (& thanks for the compliment Amy)


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