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Just a dandelion flower

May 17, 2010

A simple dandelion flower amongst the grass - May15th 2010

 

I saw this dandelion flower standing alone in the grass last saturday. It just struck me as particularly splendid in a simple kind of way. I’m often taken aback when I suddenly become aware of a visage like this, even if it’s in the microscopic world of the undergrowth. I find it amazing that we live in a world where even the weeds of the earth look so beautiful.

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3 comments

  1. Makes for good tea as well. Aids digestion and helps cleanse gallbladder, liver and kidneys. Without sounding too critical go in closer next time and fill the frame. What make of camera are you using? Do you know rule of thirds? Anyway, I agree that there’s loads of beauty around and if more people took time to appreciate this stuff things would be a hell of a lot better.


    • Hi, Thanks for your comment!
      Yes, I forgot about the fact that it makes good tea. I used to drink a lot of dried dandylion tea when I lived in Romania at the end of the 1990s. We added the dried flowers to hot water, an acquired taste, but I took quite a liking to it.

      Yes, I’m an amateur photographer so any advice is very welcome. I am using a Nikon D80, so any mistakes are absolutely my fault. I do know the rule of thirds, but am not sure exactly how to apply it. For example in the shot above. Would it be best with flower occupying 1/3 or 2/3 of the picture? Portrait or landscape? I took both portrait and landscape. Thanks again for the positive feedback and criticism. David


  2. Hi David. It would not matter which way you shot it landscape or portrait but the subject which in this case is the whole flower would have be offcentre ie not exactly in the middle. I’m browsing via my mobile phone so cannot lift you photo and crop it so can you go look at my abstract page and you will see a pic of a sunflower. See how I positioned the camera so the centre of the flower is not in the middle but more to the right of the frame. Are you using the kit lens on the Nikon D80? Try taking another pic of a flower and get in as close as you can with the lense you are using and then position the flower so its not in the middle, take a few shots with flower at bottom of frame the top then left then right etc. Until the pic feels right. I love shooting flowers. The last four I have shot have all been with my mobile phone. If you get a chance have a look at mobilephonephotography(dot)net



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