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Celebrate Spring

Posted by
Barbara Kile (Ft. Worth, United States) on 1 March 2012 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

I had a winter flower triptych I was going to post, but couldn't stand to wait any longer for spring flowers. March is here, so let's celebrate spring! I love how just a slight pop with Topaz gave this blue iris such luminosity.

This is the blog image for a post I wrote last week entitled: 'Stay True to Your Vision.' I talked about inspiration and vision and who has inspired me in recent years, and the challenges of trying to do flower photography in Texas! Stop by and leave a comment!

NIKON D300 1/3 second F/16.0 ISO 200 157 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Sylvie49 capture image from Anjou - Maine et Loire, France

Très joli comme chaque photo publiée. Quel raffinement.

1 Mar 2012 6:41am

Florence from Paris, France

And what a wonderful way to do it ! A splendid shot for such an elegant, graceful flower.

1 Mar 2012 8:39am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Fantastic sot colours and feel.

1 Mar 2012 9:05am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom


1 Mar 2012 9:17am

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Beautiful colors and light.
Good day.

1 Mar 2012 9:27am

gootchai from bousval, Belgium

Wouhaaaaaaaaaaaa! de toute beauté et tout en douceur!!!! c'est beau++++++

1 Mar 2012 11:24am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal


1 Mar 2012 12:03pm

MEC from Setúbal, Portugal

Very nice colors.

1 Mar 2012 2:16pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

You take such beautiful flower photos, and then take them a step beyond to make them your own creations.

1 Mar 2012 2:23pm

Lia from Zwolle, Netherlands

Very, very nice Barbara!
I like the colors and the soft background.

1 Mar 2012 3:00pm

Lena from San Francisco, United States

Beautiful and lovely....

1 Mar 2012 4:28pm

franz from Baden, Austria

so immensely delicate and uplifting .... spring does have an advantage over winter where flowers are concerned ... ;-))

1 Mar 2012 4:35pm

Mariana M. from Waterloo, Canada

delicious work on this image

1 Mar 2012 7:09pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

This is outstanding Barbara! Incredible colour and detail to the point were it almost seems real! Well done Barbara! ;-)

1 Mar 2012 7:32pm

Soheil from Tehran, Iran

nice shot
well done

1 Mar 2012 8:34pm

Baldwin VW from Bejuma, Venezuela

Magnificent soft colors, great treatment !!! well done

1 Mar 2012 11:05pm

janina from Melbourne, Australia

After yesterday's 'dark' leucondendron, which is so beautiful, this post is so full of light ! Such a wonder, a five-star wonder, barbara! I don't often hand out 5stars.... Will visit your post on wordpress. ;oD

1 Mar 2012 11:26pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

An Iris never looked so good before. A gorgeous photo.

1 Mar 2012 11:42pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

These irises are true standouts in this composition! And I love the strong visible "ripples" captured in the petals.

2 Mar 2012 12:55am

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Absolutely gorgeous!

2 Mar 2012 1:31am

Yvonne from Poznan, Poland

The very beauty! I like it.

2 Mar 2012 6:59am

Hanry from Castricum, Netherlands

Spring has begun! What a great photo of this spring messenger. Perfect!

2 Mar 2012 9:24am

JCJ from Troyes, France


2 Mar 2012 9:26am

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

This is like....HOPE! Let's hope that spring is close and that winter will not try (again) to come back....Most refined choice of flower....

2 Mar 2012 10:59am

@Japanalia: Thanks, Gabriela! I'm missing your images!

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice!!!!
so beautiful colors!!!!!!

2 Mar 2012 11:04am

Anita from United States

Absolutely stunning!!! Love, love, love it!! The angle, the colors, the pop, the bg--all work!! (How did you get such excellent definition of the flower edges? Is the bg a texture?) Outstanding work!

2 Mar 2012 3:15pm

@Anita: Thanks Anita! This was actually taken indoors, so I had control of the climate. :) Indoors with no background to consider, I can shoot at f/16 so everything is sharp. Outdoors I shoot at f/2.8-5.6 depending on wind movement, etc. It's subjective - depending on what look I want. The bg is actually a separate image - a group of these irises blurred out with the Lensbaby. I can now use that for a 'color wash' background. BTW, if you stay signed in to Am3 your name will appear as a link so we can click on it and visit your work. We have no way to do that now. Thanks!

Thierry Pouleur from anseremme, Belgium

superbe photo, bonne soirée

2 Mar 2012 5:15pm

El pare from Prepirineu, Andorra

It seems a delicate painting, full of sensitivity

2 Mar 2012 5:31pm

Sergei Z from Türi, Estonia


2 Mar 2012 6:18pm

Farnaz.m from Iran


2 Mar 2012 6:24pm

Anina Botes from Auckland, New Zealand

This is beautiful, Barbara. I love the soft tones

3 Mar 2012 1:32am

Julie L. Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

Wow, this one really does pop! Irises are an early spring favorite of mine.

3 Mar 2012 1:48am

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

Gorgeous Barbara! Love the brightness of the colors, the details and beautiful framing!

3 Mar 2012 3:15am

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

Oh, this floral is so clean and crisp and filled with luminosity. Lovely.

3 Mar 2012 3:54am

MissT from Chicagoland, United States

There is an amazing glow in these colors!

3 Mar 2012 7:00am

ღ Isa ღ from Vaucluse, France

MAGNIFIQUE photo ! très beau rendu avec les couleurs ...

3 Mar 2012 8:14am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Stunning image, Barbara - a work of art!

3 Mar 2012 11:39am

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

so lovely idea
well done

3 Mar 2012 12:37pm

Anita Pena from Bretagne, France

Sublimate! A marvel of colors, light and elegance

3 Mar 2012 4:34pm

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

Wonderful photo

3 Mar 2012 5:55pm

Mike from California, United States

I like how this really pops out at you...very nice.

3 Mar 2012 7:47pm

Enzo from Lausanne, Switzerland

J'aime la subtilité de la nuance des teintes, une image très esthétique !

3 Mar 2012 7:54pm

Chetan from Gurgaon, India

Its like seeing a flower through microscope... a new world inside each petal.

4 Mar 2012 5:23am

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Exquisite (as usual)!!

4 Mar 2012 6:07am

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

Very Beautiful:)

4 Mar 2012 6:50am

roland theys from loverval, Belgium


4 Mar 2012 2:18pm

Jim Wilson from Malvern, Pennsylvania, United States

Just beautiful. 'Nuff said.

4 Mar 2012 3:34pm

alex centrella from California, United States

simply stunning ..

4 Mar 2012 3:42pm

peter.K from blue mountains, Australia

looks great, very much like it has been painted...

5 Mar 2012 2:27am

Maureen from Prescott, United States

Lovely light and tones!

5 Mar 2012 3:40pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

I enjoyed reading your reply to Anita about your settings, bg, etc. This is absolutely gorgeous!

6 Mar 2012 10:43pm

Vaido from Võrumaa, Estonia

A beautiful capture!

7 Mar 2012 2:21pm

1/3 second
ISO 200
157 mm (35mm equiv.)