Five years ago when I first came to Shriner’s Iris Garden, I was overwhelmed by the vast varieties of Iris there and did not know where to start. I often think Iris and Rhoderdendron are gorgeous flowers, but they are not my favorite macro subjects. I am glad that I decided to go back and seek new angles to photograph them.
Ruching (wrinkles), to me, is the most charming part of Iris. They look like dancing Flamingo with their beautiful skirts sweeping in the wind. The color combination in a flower is amazing and the delicate details are intriguing. I have to admit that I have found my new love.
As much as I like the natural look, texturing flower images is one of my most favorite things to do, so I did. I cannot say I like one more than the other. They are attractive in their own way and I like them both. Nature presents her Original and we are here to offer our human touch.
Nature itself is a beauty. Pondering how the newborn naturally knows how to adapt to the habitat.
Ever since I began to experiment with Lensbaby, my visual world has been turned and twisted around. I am no longer an advocate of tack sharp images. To me, the beauty is in subtlety, in vagueness, and in obscurity. Reality is usually not as pretty as fantasy.
Had a little fun with Lensbaby Twist 60 this morning. There are certainly many twisted hidden in this lens. I love it. Just to share with you couple of examples.
If you come to Oregon, you don’t want to miss Columbia River Gorge.
Last September, a 15-year old teenager’s fireworks triggered a significant wildfire in Columbia Gorge area. I have often wondered how the damage impacted the view pointers like Multnomah Falls, Vista House, and Women’s Forum.
Passing through two days ago, I am excited to see ‘business as usual’ and all three viewpoints are open to the visitors.
The shining skin makes it look like a porcelain Strawberry Frog. The ‘carpet’ underneath is actually a patch of dry grass with brown spots in the jungle. Pictures can be deceiving sometimes, but most of the time is for the good cause.
At least a dozen shots were taken for this cute Collard Redstar. He was there for a good ten minutes and jumping all over the place.
I love the shot of this White-Collard Manakin . Wish he was closer and I don’t have to remove so much noise. The image gets a bit soft after noise reduction. Besides Motmot, Manakin is my another favorite.
The number and species of Hummingbirds are astounding in Costa Rica. It’s not hard to capture some shots except that perfect shots do not come easy, and I tend not wanting to shoot them off the feeder. I like them to be in the natural environment. It is more challenging but also more rewarding. Just to show a few.