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Daisies by Helen in Wales
Daisies, a photo by Helen in Wales on Flickr.

27/52 for the group T189ers weekly alphabet challenge

This week's theme: N is for Nature

I'd describe our garden as a jungle, but actualy jungles contain beautiful and exotic flowers, so it's more accurate to describe our back garden as an overgrown field. :) However, just 5 minutes walk from our house there is a junction that has a gorgeous garden full of roses on one side and these wild (?) daisies on the verge opposite.

During a rare sunny interval, I trotted out to see what I could find and this shot was the result of pointing the camera up through the daisies and allowing chance and the autofocus to do their thing.

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From: tychist Date: July 6th, 2012 08:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Beautiful. And you're too modest. Close-ups of flowers in the garden are not easy. I've tried often and the results are mediocre at best. I love your daisies.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: July 6th, 2012 08:25 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. Flower shots are both easy and hard. If you don't have a camera capable of getting in very close and still producing sharp images, then you won't have much luck, but even inexpensive point-and-shoot cameras can produce lovely flower closeups if you have a macro setting.

As to being modest, this was literally done by chance because I had the camera on the ground pointing upwards, aiming it solely by guesswork! The first shot was rubbish, but this one looked as though it had potential (being able to immediately see what you've shot is such a big help!) so I only took the two. I did crop out a lot of the picture to create this composition, so I suppose the skill came in at that point, but not really at the pressing the shutter stage.
From: tychist Date: July 6th, 2012 08:31 am (UTC) (Link)
I, too, love being able to tell if a shot has worked. One of the things that put me off photography for years was the uncertainty of it all. Waiting a fortnight (at least) to see if anything would 'come out' was a pain. Of course it does mean that I now have hundreds of shots of my grandchildren, boring for everyone else, wonderful for me.
blackberry44 From: blackberry44 Date: July 6th, 2012 09:47 am (UTC) (Link)
That's lovely! Clever you!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: July 6th, 2012 11:30 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. There was a bit of luck involved, so I was pleased with the result.
From: cmcmck Date: July 6th, 2012 11:56 am (UTC) (Link)
Sunny interval? Wossat then?

What lens were you using on that shot? My Sony A290 came with a rather good macro/micro as standard (which is why I chose it) and it's pretty good on close ups.
pickledginger From: pickledginger Date: July 6th, 2012 01:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nice! I've been enjoying taking upside-down Flora shots for a while. :-)
readthisandweep From: readthisandweep Date: July 6th, 2012 04:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have a photograph somewhere of a random lucky shot 'through' flowers. It looks far clever than it actually was.

That apart - you are an excellent photographer. Lucky shot or not, your pictures are always wonderful. :)

(I've just clicked on my 'gardening' icon which involves a watering can, Oh, how we laughed...)
khiemtran From: khiemtran Date: July 6th, 2012 08:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
NIce shot, especially with the detail on the white petals.
From: coldhighmountai Date: July 6th, 2012 10:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Very nice perspective. I wouldn't have thought of that.
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