Blue False Indigo

False Blue Indigo

Here's a somber image from the garden. This is Blue False Indigo or Baptisia australis. The flowers are beautiful in the summer when the plant explodes with delicate blue pea like blooms. In late fall it turns what looks like black, but it is really a beautiful deep indigo. The pigment is unmasked by migrating chlorophyll and displayed upon a decaying brown canvas. The color is deep and rich. This day the Lensbaby offered up a very sharp foreground leaf, adorned with a single droplet of water. The image was exposed using the f4 diaphragm magnet. This was taken at sunset on an overcast day at the same time this one was taken.
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Oak Leaf Hydrangea

Oak Leaf Hydrangea

From the garden as it prepares for dormancy. This spectacular plant is showing some of it's "winter Interest." This was taken during a very gray sunset yesterday. I love the way the LensBaby has caused the color shifts with the background. There was no blue, purple or magenta to be seen until the image was rendered.
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Hydrangea

Hydrangea
Now that I know how to spell hydrangea, I can now write about them. This is the single bloom that came from our potted h-y-d-r-a-n-g-e-a (the e-a kills me), that sits on the front stairs of our porch in the summer. In the winter it lives in the basement. It has finally come fourth with a small contribution to our floral display, and it's a beauty. You may notice I use plural possessive pronouns when I refer to the upkeep and ownership of the garden. Although technically an accurate use of said pronouns, it is really my wife who takes care of the garden. I get to enjoy it. My domain is the lawn, vegetables and compost. Yep, monoculture, food and rotting organics. This picture was taken with my Lensbaby G2. I really have a lot of fun with this lens and I'm finally getting used to it.
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First Try With The LensBaby 3G

First Snow
Due to the overwhelming influence from this gentleman. I decided to buy a LensBaby 3G. Today was my first set of experiments with it. Since the 3G and Nikon do not play well I have to use a hand held light meter to get the right exposure. Today was a dark overcast day with pretty even lighting. It was also late in the day. I went extreme for the aperture and shot with it wide open for maximum distortion. The shutter speed was between 1/160 and 1/60 for ISO 100. Since changing the aperture requires the changing of iris discs, I made exposure adjustments with the shutter speed. Take a look and see what you think. I have a LensBaby section in the photo album. I hope to play more with the aperture discs on a brighter day or when I have more time to play using a tripod. So far I think this thing is pretty cool.
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