Archive for April 2011

Orchids   Leave a comment

OK, I know the title of this blog is “Orchids” and this picture is obviously a yellow hibiscus, but let me explain. Late in March, Longwood Gardens hosts the International Orchid Show and Sale. I have been going for the past few years with my niece, who is an orchid aficionado. I look forward to spending the an afternoon or two taking pictures of the numerous varieties of orchids displayed during the show. I have some very pretty orchid photos on my flickr.com site (see the link on the left), but this is my favorite photo of the day. I took this photo in the greenhouse of the conservatory. The hibiscus bloom was larger than my hand and I wanted to convey the impressiveness of the flower.

I took this photo with my Nikon D-80, F5.6 @ 1/2000 sec. ISO 400 (no flash, auto white balance.) What I love the most about this picture is the sharpness on the stamen of the flower and the soft focus of the petals. This picture is exactly as shot and I think I knew this was going to be my favorite the moment I took it.

Posted April 12, 2011 by Karen Greene Malos in Fine Art, Nature

Getting the Shot   2 comments

Spring Sunset

Very good photographers ALWAYS have their camera. I, however, am guilty of seeing great shots and NEVER having my camera with me. I am constantly kicking myself for leaving my camera home when I run errands, because that is usually when the sunset is burning up the sky or a filly is romping through a field. A few afternoons ago, I took my camera with me to drop my daughter off at dance. On the way home, I saw this sunset, pulled over, and took the shot out of the car window. Next time I will take my tripod, but for now, I am pretty happy with this shot. Next shot I’m planning to get…the peach trees in bloom.

Posted April 8, 2011 by Karen Greene Malos in Fine Art, Nature