Thursday, June 24, 2010

you capture::get down low

I was pretty excited when I saw the challenge for this week's You Capture...get down low. I am that crazy lady... in my yard, at the playground, on the beach, going for a walk in the neighborhood...that will get down on her knees or lay out like a complete nut job just to get a great shot of my kids or flowers or bees pollinating my garden. I love taking pictures down low with the sun shining brightly and the sky as blue as the Pacific Ocean in Hawaii...and if I can get both the sun and the sky in the shot with whatever subject I'm trying to capture then I love it all the more. Throw in an awesome, accidental bokeh and it just rocks! (you know, the hexagon shapes of light in the blurred area of the picture) Okay, for this week I captured my lilies. Nice, bright, orange lilies. I have a bunch of tiger lilies by the fence, but by the back porch one grew that had layers and layers of ruffled petals. I don't know where it came from or why it's different from the others, but oh my, it is beautiful.

(f/16, 1/3200, ISO 800)

Alright, I know this isn't the greatest shot with the porch railing and part the house in there, but the ruffled lily and the sun with the bokeh, I had to include it.

(f/7.1, 1/3200, ISO 800)

This is a better shot of my ruffled lily in all of her orange loveliness.

(f/5.6, 1/640, ISO 800)

This beauty is one of my regular tiger lilies. As you can see, there are many more buds just waiting to bloom. Because of where these flowers are growing in my yard it is difficult to get the sky or the sun in the shot. However, since the sun was shining through the tree in the background I captured a nice crisp shot of my lily and got a wonderful bokeh effect. (which makes me want to try creating my own bokeh in any shape I!)

To see more go visit Beth at I Should Be Folding Laundry. Happy Thursday folks! xo ANG


Ashley said...

I LOVE the first one!

I am just learning about photography what is the bokeh that when it blurs out the background??? If so I LOVE that effect!


The Hollywood Memoirs said...

Beautiful shots! I love the angles.

Ashley Sisk said...

Beautiful perspective.

kelly@thebluemuse said...

these are great, I love these challenges that make us see things in a new way!

Melanie said...

Your 2nd pic is my fav! Love the ruffly petal edges and how the sunlight shines through them. Very nice!

Jess said...

My day lilies will be blooming in the next week or so and I cannot wait, I love them so! Yours are beautiful, and your sky perfectly blue. Nice bokeh with a f stop of only 5.6. In the example of your top photo I believe that's properly called sun flare (yes even the hexagonal spots), not bokeh.

AND! To your comment about not being brave enough to play along with my self-portrait adventure, that my dear, is exactly my point. It pushed me out of my comfort zone, and it changed the way I see myself. So do a creative one that doesn't show ALL of you. You may even end up with something you like.

I would love to have you join in.

Life with Kaishon said...

What a great job you did getting way down low! I love your pictures and your camera information! Fabulous and helpful! : )