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Daylight, full sun
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A sunny but very cool weekend here in North Carolina. The mountains got snow but down here in the foothills and flat lands, things were just sunny and a bit cool but not awfully cold except at night. Of course all that cold air has beaten down what few wildflowers that had bloomed and all the bugs...well who knows where they went :-k but the Dandelions are hanging in there with their sunny blooms and some as you can see, have gone to seed and are being blown with the wind. :D

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Post by beetleman »

A really nice picture Ken. I like the way the seed head is almost empty and the way the light plays on the parasails of the seeds. Wonderful work :smt023
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Post by Ken Ramos »

When I first took the photo, I was not sure whether or not I would like it and even after downloading it, I still had my doubts but it seemed to grow on me after a while.

Thanks Doug :D

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Post by Danny »

"I ain't waiting on a lady, I'm just waiting for a friend" <-- in Mick Jaggers voice of course.

Fine shot sir. I've tried to take exactly the same shot except from left to right and just couldn't get the DOF I was after. I will however post a shot of the surface for ya M8t :wink:

Excellent view and work Ken. Nicely taken. :D

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I like that song :lol: The Stones had a number I didn't care for but for the most part they had some great stuff. Thanks Danny :D

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Post by crotermund »

I like this shot too, Ken. You see tons of dandelion shots, but they normally seem to focus on getting full seed heads rather than a mostly empty one like yours. The compostion and the light reflection on the seeds is very nice.
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Post by Ken Ramos »

Shooting full seed heads are a pain and can be nerve racking. Probably even more so if you were to stack a number of them and I have never found full seed heads to be all that interesting anyway, though sometimes I will for some reason try and shoot one or two :lol: . However, I was just out front of the house playing around and killing time when I shot this. I never really expected to like it but what is what is great about digital cameras is the fact that you can delete the image if you don't and have lost nothing but a bit of time in shooting it. Thanks Craig :D

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Post by Cyclops »

Wonderful shot Ken! =D>
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Post by Ken Ramos »

Thanks Cyclops, as I said it does grow on you a bit after a while, the more I look at it the more I like it. I did another, a different Dandelion as a matter of fact, in black and white which I like a little better. I have been thinking though, that if something has little or no color, then why photograph it in color. Unless what ever colors it may have are important to identification or some other technical aspect of the subject. IMO color is virbrant reds, soothing greens, deep cool blues, golden yellows, and warm browns and oranges, just to name a few and if my subject has little to none of these attributes then why photograph it in color :-k but then again, opinions are like belly buttons they say, everybody has one. Well except for Adam and Eve maybe. :lol:

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Post by Bruce Williams »

Every now and then you see a shot that brings you up short with a "Hey, now that is different! ...and this is one of those images Ken. It's the sort of shot you never think to take yourself until you've seen (and liked) someone elses work ...and then you think "hmmmm...I'll have to take one of those next time there's an opportunity".

I'm sure everyone has pics of a full seed head and a nearly full head with a few seed blowing off it (coutesy of out of shot assistant). But an "all but depleted" seed head...now that is real creative thinking :smt023

Nicely composed too.

Well done!

Bruce :D

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Post by Ken Ramos »

You know I really enjoy reading your comments Bruce, not only on my posts but on others as well. You seem to have the knack of getting down to the finer points of what is presented which gives one something to think about, however, it is not only you but a few others as well. Thanks Bruce :D

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