Water Gardens #01

Hello and welome to My View for Sunday August 22, 2010.

I hope you all are having a wonderful summer.

Over on The Mindful Eye, we’ve posted our 2011 Workshop Schedule. I invite you all to view the workshops and join us in 2011.

A couple of weeks ago, I visited Perry’s Water Garden in Franklin, NC with the Focal Point Meetup Group that meets in my area. Several of us drove up from Atlanta early on Saturday morning, August 7. As we drove up into the higher elevations, the oppressing heat of summer in the city began to dissipate. We even found ourselves turning off the air conditioners in our cars and opening the windows to the 65-degree temperatures that greeted us when we arrived. As we got out of our cars, all we wanted to do for a few minutes was to stand and enjoy the cooler temperatures.

Soon, the beauty of the water gardens called to us and we grabbed our gear and spread out over the acres of water lillies, lotus blossoms, water irises, cattails and many other water or near water plants. We shot for several hours before the heat of the day began to creep in on us. Then, many of us retreated to picnic tables under tall shade trees and brought out the lunches and cool drinks we had packed before leaving home. After lunch, we shot for a little while longer before packing up and heading back to the city. It was a great way to spend a summer Saturday.

This image is a triptych of the same lotus blossom at different distances from the blossom. It was made with the Lensbaby Composer and the Lensbaby Fisheye optic.

As always, your comments and critiques are most welcome. They make me a better photographer, aid my growth as a person and offer me new experiences.

Lotus Triptych

Lotus Triptych

Perry’s Water Garden
Franklin, NC
August, 2010

Canon 5D Mark II, Lensbaby Composer with Fisheye Optic, ISO 200, 1/500 second shutter speed, hand held.

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11 Responses to Water Gardens #01

  1. psycchic1 says:

    These are really neat, Marti. Lotus flowers are one of my favorites!!!!! The fisheye is a really interesting perspective with these flowers. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that done before on Lotus flowers. Beautiful!

  2. tonebytone says:

    Marti, glad to see you posting again here. That must have been a wonderful excursion. I love what the Lensbaby fisheye optic did for you and these flowers. And thanks for the idea – I’d never thought to try the fisheye optic on the lotus flowers near me.

    Did you also use the soft focus optic? This would render the lotus garden like a fairyland, I’d think.

    Hugs,
    Flo

  3. Mark Sirota says:

    I really like the presentation. Great idea. I’d be tempted to add a little black around the edges, though it looks like that might not work around the bottom.

  4. Chuck says:

    The curves inherent in the fisheye lens really rhyme the curves in the flowers and leaves. It really comes together nicely!

  5. LakeLady says:

    Marti, these are beautiful. I like the tryptic with the far to near. The flowers are beautiful, it must have been a wonder filled day. I do like the fisheye lens with these lovely flowers. It is nice to see new images from you. – Take care. Becky

  6. DELBRAJAN says:

    Absolutely gorgeous, Marti!

  7. wes says:

    Great triptych, Marti and a great day. Sounds like so much fun to get out with friends and just enjoy everything around you. I love water gardens and your image brings back some wonderful memories of a couple that I spent the day at. I like the idea of showing different magnifications in each of the parts of the triptych.

    Wes

  8. mikeh says:

    What a brilliant idea, I love the circle framing in the tryptic. Very beautiful flowers.

  9. bobdein says:

    Great series, and I really like the circular frame/fisheye look. Each frame looks three dimensional. Bob

  10. martijeffers says:

    Hello everyone and thanks so much for stopping by and leaving all of your nice comments. This was the first time I’d really played around with the Fisheye optic since I got it and it was a lot of of fun. I want to experiment more with this delightful “toy” as I get time. Thanks again!!!

  11. Pixelle 2008 says:

    Very amazing shots. I am looking forward to seeing more of those. Glad to hear from you.

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