Sunday, May 15, 2011

'Blue Wonder' Catmint... tiny blossom... big bokeh!

Blue Wonder Catmint with rain droplets
This image is from a workshop in macro photography given 'on site' at Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria, Virginia. The day started out with misty rain and then a bit heavier sprinkles but the rain soon stopped, leaving us with gray skies and cool weather. For the better part of our adventure, we had ample opportunity to explore the beautiful grounds and capture marvelous flowers (and even an insect, spider or geese and water features at the ponds) with our macro lenses. Blue Ridge Mountain Workshops delivered another fine adventure in photography!

This is one of my favorite images from the day... if you know this plant, you will know the flowers are TINY! This was taken with my 20mm Kenko extension tube plus Nikon 105mm macro lens... the pink bokeh is from the phlox flowers planted in and around the Catmint. If you'd like to view more of my images from the workshop, I've posted 26 in a web album. The slide show takes less than one minute to view.

I'll be posting this to Macro Monday over at Lisa's Chaos... come join the fun and check out all the lovely macro images!

18 comments:

  1. what a great macro...
    Have a great week!
    Glad to be following you...

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  2. How exciting to be able to attend a photography marco class.

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  3. So now I am deeply jealous. First of all because you have a macro lens and got to go on a macro photography course. Oh what a dream!

    But secondly because of the photos in your album. They are amazing. I love both of the single siberian iris shots, the poppy shot blew me away, the insect shot is fabulous, the first gosling shot wonderful, the spanish lavender which is so very hard to photograph is brilliant and the phlox twins just perfect. Now I have run out of superlatives :-)

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  4. Nice! I've been flip-flopping with getting an extension tube or two for my macro lens.

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  5. Stunning. Catmint is one of my favorite summer flowers...

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  6. Hi Victoria, Congrats! Your caption has been selected! I have put a link to your blog.

    Come play again. Have a great week ahead!

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  7. Those photos are absolutely gorgeous! The poppy just blew me away!

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  8. Beautiful, soft and delicate. Love the focus and those tiny water droplets.

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  9. Gorgeous color, detail, and bokeh Victoria!

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  10. Wow..............absolutely breath taking!!!!

    Here's an open invitation to view my 'legendary' MERMAID'S PURSE...a sea 'oddity'. If you have time...come on over for a visit!!

    Have a super Monday.

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  11. I have a sob of longing, Victoria, in looking at the incredible images of you slideshow (I changed the setting to 10 sec. so that I could view them all at my own pace!). The irises, the phlox, the colors, the bokeh, the raindrops...all of it. You really have a gift. And yes, I MUST start using my macro lens and learn how to do this myself. It's my goal for 2011...and it's almost half over! (sigh)

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  12. Such a lovely blossom! I look forward to trying to get a good shot of mine once it come out.

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  13. Your entire slideshow is wonderful. The poppy is simply exquisite and so are some of the insect shots. Great work!

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