E.J.Wilkins

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White Crocus

I found this crocus in the churchyard of St Nicholas Church  in Brockenhurst. Its petals were wide open, welcoming the sun for the short time it was shining.

I was fascinated to see that the centre of the flower looks like tiny daffodils.
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White Crocus

I found this crocus in the churchyard of St Nicholas Church  in Brockenhurst. Its petals were wide open, welcoming the sun for the short time it was shining.

I was fascinated to see that the centre of the flower looks like tiny daffodils.
.....

If you have time, please visit my vfxy
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comments (29)

Oh, what a lovely photo Ellie. Flowers put me in a happy mood. Thanks for this. smile
Very nicely focused and framed- I'm pleased to see how well the new Olympus has exposed for pure white, keeping fine detail on the petals.
Just a wee tech point- you could get even better quality if you had the ISO set lower ( but it will take your speed or aperture down with it!)
EJWilkins: I was pleased with the white too. Thanks for the technical pointer, I'll remember that next time I find something this white to photograph, I didn't set the ISO, must remember to fiddle with the buttons myself. Aargh, so much to remember! wink
  • dotun
  • 21 Mar 2007, 00:55
perfect Ellie, I like this shot.
Nice, very nice Ellie. I like this
Lovely shot to start the morning with Ellie. Thanx - this'll make my day a lot bright for sure smile
I really like this shot Ellie. Well done
very nice macro pic Ellie !
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 21 Mar 2007, 06:40
Excellent Ellie - someone should give you a new camera every few months. Crocussed daffodils.
EJWilkins: Yikes Louis, don't let himself hear you say that, he'd have a heart attack! No, this one's 'it', but I might get a nice 50mm lens some time wink
  • paul
  • 21 Mar 2007, 07:58
I like the soft light you have captured here Ellie, very nice indeed
EJWilkins: Thanks Paul smile
That's perfect to announce springtime Ellie !! Fresh and green. The orange heart in the middle is incredibly flashy !! That's really nice !
Lovely delicate detail.
Great macro . Very effective
A real standout!
Another hit with shutterchancers again Ellie (including me!).
Luverly!
EJWilkins: Errm, it looks like it, doesn't it? Not sure I understand why though smile Glad you like it ...
  • Ray
  • Thailand.
  • 21 Mar 2007, 10:47
Excellent detail in the delicate petals.
What a beautiful and crisp photograph! I love how the yellow at the centre leap off the screen and the dark greens of the grass sink in to it. lovely work balancing contrast smile

-Ian.
EJWilkins: Luck more than anything Ian, it's how it came out of the camera smile
  • mal
  • 21 Mar 2007, 13:13
print - hang/sell. mal
EJWilkins: How, where, who to?
Ellie wink
What a perfect shot - lovely!
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 21 Mar 2007, 13:56
Stunning, Ellie! You know that I check every time now to see which camera you are using with each pic. smile
EJWilkins: Thanks Ginnie. Still some from the Z5 lined up, but I reckon you'll be able to tell the difference wink
  • chunter
  • Salisbury, Wiltshire. UK
  • 21 Mar 2007, 14:28
Beautiful - I've never noticed the daffodil-like centres before. This is very nicely composed in a dynamic triangular arrangement. The background is suitably dark and blurred to set it off.

But now for the technicality. David is right about the ISO (in brief, the lower it is the less noise [or grain] there is) and the white balance, but despte being the right shade of white (no colour cast) it's a little under-exposed. This occurs when the metering system is fooled by the amount of light tones into under-exposing as it tries to achieve an 18% grey average across the scene.

To resolve this for white or other very light subject subjects, you can dial in some exposure compensation, 1/3 or 2/3 stops should do it for this one. The flower would then pop out a brighter white instead of a bit grey.
EJWilkins: Thanks Colin, and I mean it. smile That's something else to experiment with. Am learning quite quickly. Is it actually worthwhile to carry a piece of card around? If white, how do I know it's the 'right white'? So many are either blue/white or cream/white and you can only tell when they're up against another shade of white! Or, is grey the best, and where from? LCE perhaps?
  • Jimbo
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • 21 Mar 2007, 16:03
A lovely image. Very striking. The intense white of the petals contrasts wonderfully against the drak green background, helped enormously by perfect DOF.
Super sharp and detailed. Lovely!
Ohh gosh, what a wonderfull macro - these petals are so fragile and beautifull! And centre of crocus really look like tiny daffodils - I even checked my picture of violet crocuses(http://www.monika.shutterchance.com/photoblog/53385.htm) to confirm, I have never paid attention to it... I am so impressed with execution of this picture!!!
EJWilkins: I got right down and 'personal' with the flower, it wasn't until I got home that I could see the full detail. smile
Well done Ellie smile
EJWilkins: smile Thanks Chris
So beautiful and simple and clean. Great photograph.
  • Ron S
  • Worcester UK
  • 21 Mar 2007, 22:28
Great shot Ellie - lovely.
  • Robs
  • 22 Mar 2007, 01:01
Wow! Great colors and sharpness!
Great detail as usual. Your flower shots somehow manage to be fresh and traditional at the same time.
It is wonderful smile

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