There is a point at which everything becomes simple
and there is no longer any question of choice,
because all you have staked will be lost if you look back.
Life’s point of no return.
Sorry, I’ve neglected my nature blog for a couple of weeks, but I’ve been very busy offline (furniture repairs and restoration) and hunting for a new (ground floor) apartment. This post is for Linda (who was looking for a few pink water lilies recently).
The reason I haven’t shared many flower images from my archives recently is that I can’t decide which ones to post.
I have too many photos………still……..after deleting thousands a couple of years ago.
I look in each of my old iPhoto flower folders, all named and identified with their common and botanical names at the top, and then, at the images and think……that’s not very good. Or, that’s not in focus. Or even, that’s too dark and needs the contrast or shadows reduced (or something).
The 2 images below had such a dark background, they almost looked black. I lightened the backgrounds this morning.
I’m my own worst critic.
In recent times, on reviewing many of those early archival images, they ALL seem terribly dark. Must have been something to do with the lounge room where I had my desk and computer, which, while lovely and cool in the summer, fell in to deep shade for all but 2-3 hours in the middle of the day.
I must have altered the exposure on the computer images to fit what seemed right in the dim night-light when I did the reviewing.
I lived 2 streets away from the Royal Botanic Gardens up to May 2015 and that dark living space must have influenced my photo editing to some degree. I’ve mainly done a little cropping or ‘tweaking’ the exposure, contrast, sharpness and colour saturation (until I set up a Custom Picture Style in-camera).
In Winter, the room was even darker.
NOTE: I do even less editing these days. I usually just press the AutoCorrect button in the El Capitan photo editing section of my Mac Pro – Exposure AutoCorrect, Sharpness AutoCorrect and the Autocorrect button for Definition. Sometimes I reduce the colour saturation a wee bit as my Custom Picture Style on my 2 DSLRs can make colours too bright depending on the light of the day and season.
Melbourne (and the rest of Australia probably) has very bright harsh sunlight in the warmer months. Something to do with the hole in the Ozone layer over the country I suspect.
I never get up early enough to catch the soft early morning light.
I’ve tried a few of the different Picture Styles on the Sony a6000 e.g. Autumn Leaves, but don’t like their over-saturated colours much.
On the other hand, maybe I discovered very early on in my flower photography that most flower blooms had better definition if a little under-exposed with a dark background.
Either way, I now live in a light, bright space with floor-to-ceiling windows and a relatively large, hot, sunny west-facing balcony.
I can now get a better sense of exposure on my large computer screen.
But, dare I say…….. I’m always hot these days 😀 (after living in what my friends used to call ‘freezing’ cold).
Pineapple Lilies(Eucomis comosa), native to South Africa may look exotic but they’re quite easy to grow (apparently).
The common name, Pineapple lily, refers to the interesting topknot of foliage that sits atop the flowers, reminiscent of a pineapple in appearance.
While there are 15 species in this genus, new strains and cultivars appear regularly ensuring their continued popularity. They last quite a long time as cut flowers and while I haven’t seen them in local residential gardens in my area, there’s alway a lovely patch (of them) in the Perennial Border in the Royal Botanic Gardens here in Melbourne (where the images in this post were made).
By the way, the Perennial Border is planted by the Garden Staff to be at its best in mid January (if you’re visiting Melbourne as a tourist in the Summer months).