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Because I could!

By Lillian  
Yes, really not my style... probably bomb!!

But at least I can say I tried something different!...arty I thinkBlush or maybe not?
a fern unfolding so be prepared a few flowers coming soon, as remember
I went to Wisley Gardens. my apologies in advance, just wanted to try something else
hand held with high ISO..very dark in glass house

My thanks go to Uma, Ruth and Bill for your Awards yesterday
and for everyone's comments


Tags: General Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Fern

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ugly Plus
8 9 57 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2013 8:35AM
I do like the detail.
Great image.
One I would walk by with out seeing..


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12 Dec 2013 8:36AM
stunning detailed shot
12 Dec 2013 8:37AM
Yes - artistic, Lillian.
Great selection of focal point to get that much detail, too.
rayme330 4 17 1 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2013 8:40AM
I don't think you should apologise for something as artistic as this excellent image Lillian. The repeated curly shape, coupled with the creative use of depth of field make for a very pleasing image.
I look forward to more of your floral adventures. Grin

Mike_Young 10 12 9 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2013 8:44AM
Great stuff Lillian...yes different....yes arty...I like the almost abstract feel, and the lovely sweep of those fronds
ColleenA Plus
4 319 4 Australia
12 Dec 2013 8:46AM
It's always good to leave ones comfort zone Lillian, I have done that a few times myself lately, rather satisfying .....what you have achieved is breathtakingly beautiful, lovely shapes, spirals and delightful bokeh. I wish I had another UA....well done, one I wish I had capturedGrinGrin....look forward to your flowers
CarolG Plus
9 196 18 Greece
12 Dec 2013 8:47AM
A super image, Lillian, well done you Smile. And looking forward to seeing the flower images, too, especially as they were taken at Wisley Wink Carol
andylea 8 37 1 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2013 8:56AM
brilliant detail lillian wonderful colour and tones a real cracker nice one Wink
6 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2013 9:07AM
An image which lends itself to a great photographic mindů

Nathan GrinGrinGrin
7 10 10 England
12 Dec 2013 9:36AM
Makes a pleasing abstract Lillian - when I saw the thumbnail I thought of a question mark.Smile
SUE118 Plus
8 8 1 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2013 9:38AM
It doesn't matter just have a go, always good to try something out of your comfort zone. I like the way you've got the background in focus it means the eye goes straight to it.Smile
Nigeve1 Plus
3 1.4k 101 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2013 9:43AM
Works really well with the detail against the out of focus fern leaves in the background, very well judged image.
RonnieAG Plus
6 153 116 Scotland
12 Dec 2013 9:46AM
A beautiful nature shot, Lillian: the patterns created by the three overlapping fern stems with the focus concentrated on the middle one makes an excellent image.
What surprises me though is that at f/11 I'd have expected more of the terms to be in focus.......I thought you might have needed something more like f/5 to achieve the effect you have.
Just shows I have a lot to learn.
12 Dec 2013 10:19AM
I too wondered about f11 not giving a much deeper dof, guess that's a 100mm macro lens?
You did very well to hold that steady for 1/50th sec - pin sharp image...

PattiW 11 24 2 United States
12 Dec 2013 10:28AM
Fantastic detail and dof! Patti
morpheus1955 9 3 2 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2013 10:32AM
Superb image Lillian, fabulous detail, well spotted and captured

Mollycat Plus
3 11 2 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2013 10:47AM
Lovely picture Lillian. Could be a scroll from an ancient manuscript. GrinGrin Peter.
almiles 7 38 102 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2013 10:52AM
A very pretty abstract, it's great to try new things and even better when they turn out as good as this!
JuBarney Plus
5 20 3 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2013 11:02AM
A beautiful capture
achieverswales 6 8 101 Wales
12 Dec 2013 11:22AM
Nothing at all wrong with this Lillian, perfect example of how to take a selective focus image.


fotobee Plus
3 4 3 South Africa
12 Dec 2013 11:22AM
Very good composition, like the spirals superimposed on each other.
12 Dec 2013 11:34AM
I really like it.

Lillian Plus
7 22 17 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2013 11:41AM

Quote:Very good composition, like the spirals superimposed on each other.

Martin...not superimposed
just how I took it and from camera
with a little moving around to get where I needed to be for effect
thanks everyone, as really thought would
go down like a lead balloon...but I liked itGrin
SlowSong Plus
8 6.4k 29 England
12 Dec 2013 11:52AM
They Came from Outer Space................Smile
Caziwinkles 4 3 1 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2013 11:59AM
This ia a lovely natural image Lillian - I love the detail on those unfurling leaves - those tiny ltitle hairs. Smile

Nikonuser1 Plus
4 96 14 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2013 12:21PM
Like this Lillian, well capturedSmile

12 Dec 2013 12:35PM
Five ferns unfurling,
and a partridge in a pear tree...

I diverge as ever, lovely detail and some soft bokeh Lillian.

taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
12 Dec 2013 1:31PM
The selective focus has made this an outstanding image-- Good choices made!
Fefe Plus
4 23 31 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2013 1:35PM
Oooooo its lovely sharp and I love the colours and compGrinGrinGrin
12 Dec 2013 1:48PM
I think this is an excellent image, Lillian.
I love the crispness of the main subject and the depth of field elsewhere.

12 Dec 2013 2:44PM
This is just beautiful Lillian. Love the colours and detail. Superb GrinGrin

mikbee 9 3 8 Scotland
12 Dec 2013 3:09PM
Yes,very un-Lillian here Lillian,
but works a treat I think.
I thought they were little bugs at first !!
vickyf 11 8 8 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2013 3:18PM
I like this, but won't encourage you as I suspect you're going to be too good at plantsSmile I'd be tempted to crop a bit off the right hand side and would also have liked to have seen a series with different focus points e.g. front frond in focus etc. That's me being fussy - it's a really nice image.
Irishkate Plus
6 38 100 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2013 3:18PM
We love this sort of thing Lillian - a wonderful image with great camera skills in evidence.
saltireblue Plus
6 6.0k 33 Norway
12 Dec 2013 3:32PM

Quote:...but I liked it

That's the important thing.
And I like it too...

ali63 Plus
4 756 1 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2013 3:51PM
Very different for you Lillian but it's still a winner, you must be so pleased with this image SmileSmile

stunning macro shot lovely dof lillian. christineGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Maiwand Plus
9 3 72 England
12 Dec 2013 4:10PM
Lovely almost abstract image Lillian. Super focus and exposure.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
danbrann Plus
12 624 17
12 Dec 2013 5:25PM
A photographers photograph Lillian.
12 Dec 2013 6:06PM
Super dof Lillian, and such great subject matter these wonderful things make. A very successful image and a Job well done Smile

John Smile
TrevBatWCC Plus
8 12 10 England
12 Dec 2013 6:56PM
Definitely not one to bomb, Lillian - a great close-up capture. When I first looked at this, I saw lots of caterpillars all curled up and lined up! Grin
Trev Smile
capto Plus
4 4.0k 8 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2013 7:03PM
The most difficult part of getting this image was in seeing it in the first place, so give yourself a pat on the back.Smile

12 Dec 2013 7:13PM
Amazing composition, Lillian.
Mike_Smith Plus
9 323 1 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2013 7:29PM
This will not bomb Lillian, its a great close up shot
12 Dec 2013 7:31PM
Fabulous composition Lillian ! Great details and colours!
Alda Plus
4 70 30 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2013 7:35PM
This is so beautiful GrinGrinGrin
EileenH 3 1 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2013 7:47PM
Lovely imageSmile

marktc Plus
6 86 14 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2013 7:50PM
Beautifully done Lillian
netta1234 Plus
4 371 2 Wales
12 Dec 2013 8:16PM
A beautiful detailed imageSmile
jacquig 2 3 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2013 9:39PM
Pin sharp with a lovely soft focus mirror of the curling in the background, which works really well. I think it is a very artistic capture. Smile
LynneJoyce Plus
8 20 99 United Kingdom
13 Dec 2013 6:50AM

Quote:What surprises me though is that at f/11 I'd have expected more of the terms to be in focus.......I thought you might have needed something more like f/5 to achieve the effect you have.
Just shows I have a lot to learn.

Ronnie clearly doesn't have that lens. You can set it at F22 and still not get much more depth of field in a macro shot like this.

Nice macro shot. Interesting that you chose the middle frond to focus on.
13 Dec 2013 11:48AM
And it worked very well Lillian. Don
13 Dec 2013 3:43PM
Superb detail
ChiliMan Plus
10 135 17 Singapore
14 Dec 2013 9:01AM
LOVE this kinda shot. Very well done, Lillian SmileSmile

Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
15 Dec 2013 8:59PM
I see that you've attempted to emulate epzer Taggart who specialises in these type of shots, a very fine attempt indeed which has gained her approval

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