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Re: CULT: red amoena

  • Subject: Re: [iris-photos] CULT: red amoena
  • From: Jan Lauritzen janicelauritzen@yahoo.com
  • Date: Sat, 28 May 2005 13:07:21 -0700 (PDT)

I am still experimenting myself.  I, also, am trying to get the background less obvious.  And sometimes I have color problems in the blue-purple areas. 
I take advice from anyone I can but haven't really had enough time spent trying everything out because I was so busy taking pictures at the Reg. 15 in Tucson and the National.  We had such a limited time in each garden and Sooooo many things to take pictures of.  Most of my shots are just point and click.  The CS was taken in my garden when I had a little time to experiment.  The other 2 shots I took of it were not as good. 
Lots to learn and so little time while the iris bloom - mine are gone now.  I will have to practice on other things.  When you start experimenting and figure it all out, you can tell me.  Have fun!

jgcrump <jgcrump@erols.com> wrote:
Thanks, Jan.  That's a fine photo, and your response is just the kind of input that I need.  --  Griff
zone 7 in Virginia
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Sent: Saturday, May 28, 2005 3:47 PM
Subject: Re: [iris-photos] CULT: red amoena

What a wonderful red amoena!!!  I'll buy it when you introduce it.  Beautiful.
About taking digital pictures...
I am not that great with my digital yet but I do know there is a lot of potential.  I am attaching a picture of Classic Suede (Lauer 99) which will give you an idea of getting the iris to stand out from the background and a little look at a velvet texture.  See what you think.  If I can get this far I am sure many others know how to progress much farther and be more successful. 
Oh, and I love my camera.  It is a Canon PowerShot A95  5.0 mega pixel with a great viewfinder that I can pull out, turn every which way, etc.

jgcrump <jgcrump@erols.com> wrote:
Here's a first-time blooming red amoena.  The cross is AURA LIGHT x ROMANTIC EVENING, and a red amoena was what I was aiming for.  There are also two red amoena siblings, neither as good as this one.
The photo was taken by a friend with his digital camera after the light meter on my SLR went south.  (Strap came unfastened and camera hit the pavement.  I was sure the meter was zapped, and development of the film confirmed it.)  It brings up the subject of digital photography.   With my SLR, this flower would stand out from the background, and the rich velvet texture of the falls would not be semi-washed out, as is the case here.  One hopes that there is a way to take such photos with a digital camera, but I couldn't afford to spend the time to learn at the height of the bloom season, so have bought a cheap SLR to replace the dropped one.
The stand-out effect results, I believe, from my use of a slow exposure  -- usually 60 or 125, even if the day permits faster -- which I prefer because it brings out the color.  Do any of you digital users have advice on how to get the same effect?  (I'll start shopping after bloom season is over.)  --  Griff
zone 7 in Virginia

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