I took my Nikon N90s, Nikon 28-85 f2.8 Macro, and a roll of the new Kodak Ektachrome E100 to the botanical garden – always a favorite place! Springtime is the best, too, as trees and bulbs and plants are all in bloom. This was taken as the last of the narcissus bloomed and were fading away. At the gardens, the narcissus are the first up and first to fade.
I am pleased with the new Ektachrome E100. Yes, it’s a positive film, needing E6 chemistry to process, and it costs more than B&W or color. However, positive film has so much going for it, and here is more than ample proof. Film, camera, and lens all came together quite nicely.
This is a panorama shot with a very narrow DOF. The focal point could have been better, but it is the row of daffs in front of the trees. The third clump in the very front from the left is best in focus, but I probably could have focused on the blooms in the second clump. Oh well.
I probably took 60 or so images here, and got a really well-covered area. The point is to see the different layers of in and out of focus areas. The foreground is sort of in focus, then the daffodils, and then moving back, the trees become increasingly more blurred. Sometimes doing these big panoramas can produce exciting pictures – other times, rather meh to downright worthless. If you enlarge the picture, you will be able to see the levels of focus more clearly.
The beauty of digital! So much can be thrown away, so much can be play, so much can be a learning experience that is cheap – film does not make this an economic adventure at all.
Nothing says Spring like the heady scent of narcissus. While I don’t have any in my own garden (why not??), the botanical garden has them placed in various areas throughout. It’s an annual hunt . . . some bloom earlier, some later, depending on location.
Nikon and Ortho Plus 80.
I can see why everyone is raving about the new film from Ilford! Ilford Ortho Plus 80 is an amazing film! I couldn’t wait to get my first roll back from being developed, and the image above is straight out of the camera, with minor dust removal, signature and frame added.
Being a slow film, detail is great, but the need for bright light is important as well. I used my Nikon N90s, which is by far one of my favorite cameras, and my carry-around-everywhere Nikon 28-85 f2.8 macro lens. I used box speed for the entire roll.
I cannot believe I have digital images going back to 2007 – but I do! I will be looking at them a bit more and pulling out ones I rather like. The reasons for choosing this one or that will be variable as the day.
Today’s choice is one that I took in December 2011 at the local botanical garden. I wonder if it’s in bloom right now! I haven’t been up there for a bit because of the rainy weather and the holidays. I should go take a look pretty soon!
BTW, I think this is a protea, but I may be wrong. I used my now-lost Nikon D7000 and Tamron 70-300mm lens.
Macros of flowers and other things is like a voyage into a hitherto unexplored world.
This is cantaloupe in color – grows outside the front windows.
Well, now that I got your attention, at least from the title, here are some truly lovely flowers! These are commonly known as “naked ladies” because they flower first, lose their blooms, and then send out leaves. It’s rather odd compared to most other plants! These are also known as “amaryllis belladonna” which seems fitting as they are really beautiful flowers.
I got this roll of film back today. I used my Nikon F3HP and Fuji Color 200. The F3 was, I think, the first Nikon camera to have an autoexposure ability. I set it on that and shot the entire roll of 36. It did fine! I was actually very pleased with both the film and the camera. Scanned on a Pakon 135.