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Bunchberry #3


Bunchberry #3
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Copyright: Tim Epp (BillyGoat) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 28 N: 899] (4827)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-05
Categories: Rain Forest
Camera: OLYMPUS E-500, Zuiko Digital 14-54 f/2.8-3.5
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/1.25 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-06 23:35
Viewed: 3137
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hey who else around here does a series on the humble bunchberry...I see no one! These fellas were partially under a fallen log and therefore in a bit more shade. It was still raining lightly, but enough so that I had to keep an umbrella overhead while I changed lenses from the 40-150mm I was using earlier to my 14-54mm for this composition.
I can imagine to the casual observer it would look rather unusual seeing someone crouched down in the rain on a soggy bed of moss trying to hold an umbrella overhead between my head and neck while swapping lenses and putting away filters. Ah the life of a nature photographer!
Anyway I went for the 14-54mm on this one since the optical quality is better than what I get on the 40-150mm. Of course now I had to get in a bit closer to my subject, so in addition to the aforementioned lens swapping, now I have to shorten the tripod as well.
Ah well I found it all worthwhile anyway. Fortunately the wind had calmed down and these plants were a bit more sheltered so I could bring the shutter speed down somewhat.
In post-processing after my RAW conversion, I tossed this bad boy into Corel Paintshop Pro X to add more soft focus to the area behind the bunchberry subjects (upper right corner of the photo) and also clone-stamped out some of the brighter patches of light
that were a bit distracting with the surrounding green tones. The new background here is much more uniform than what I had originally shot.
The background additional soft focus helped make the bunchberries "pop" out a bit more too and give it a more 3 dimensional look to the image.

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Well Tim, I've tried and tried to capture this elusive flower in it's natural habitat, but none of my efforts have even came close to this masterpiece! Certainly worth all the crouching in wet moss, I usually make my husband hold the umbrella while I attempt such feats! I LOVE the photo, it's certainly displays these flowers well, turns them into a painting worthy of a gallery, the focus is so clear and sharp. The wet leaves add so much to the scene. Perfect light and shadows and the moss on the left adds so much texturally. Excellent work! I applaud this one, perhaps even a standing ovation, I loved the note too, it made me smile.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-06-07 2:29]

Hi Tim,

A nice compositioon,well captured with good colors and details,well done and tfs

Paul

Simple and lovely.
Great composition.
Good diffuse light
peaceful atmosphere.
TFS
JM

As I've mentioned before, this shows your versatility as a photographer. Your landscapes are superb and now you're displaying excellent work in macros.
I think this is my favorite bunchberry composition - I like the tree or fern to the left and how the flowers seems to be sheltered by it. Makes for a snuggly feeling. ha ha

Lovely!

nice pic, great habitat, TFS Ori

One picture for detail and this one for both detail and added composition. A different and perhaps better perspective, putting it in with it's neighbor.

Bob

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