Friday, September 26, 2008

Dahlia Festival 2008 – Day Five - Skywatch Dahlias


Dahlia Festival 2008 – Day Five
Skywatch Dahlias

It is Friday again and with the amount of rain and wind blowing through here today it means a day off. Well not really as Juno and I have to buy some plants get a few stone samples for a walk and clean up my office (Ruby might go too). The Dahlia Fest continues with some Dahlia in the Sky shots.

Skywatch Friday inspired me to take some flower photos with the sky in the background. I think it maybe an angle to work in the future with other types of flowers. Figuring out the exposure and depth of field is still a challenge and these three flowers came out the best. Dahlias lend themselves to this type of photography as they grow on long stems and are very tall so it is easier to isolate the flowers.

The first flower is a seedling Dahlia from Long Island actually they are all from the Island. This Cactus Dahlia was particularly stunning to me. There was another seedling right next to it with red tips (previously posted) but the orange looked, to my eye, a little more catchy. I would have either in any of my gardens.

This second Dahlia is also a seedling. Not sure what class it falls into but the flower was beautiful and just a brilliant red. Of all of the seedling plants this one probably had the most flowers in bloom. I hope this makes it to the market, too.


This last Dahlia is ‘Luther’ a cactus Dahlia. It was bright white and very tall. The flower kind of got stuck in a cloud sandwich. This was shot with a lens I hardly ever use on this blog, my Sigma 28-200mm/F3.5-5.6. This is an old film lens that has been drafted into digital service. It is weird using a zoom lens after using fixed focal length (prime) lenses for so long. This Sigma isn’t great for flowers although it does have a macro function but it does all right for landscape shots.

17 comments:

Mike said...

Beautiful. I particularly like the yellow one.
My Skywatch

Luiz Ramos said...

Sky and beautiful dahlia. Congratulation.

dulce said...

All of them are great but I like the last one the most!

reluctantfarmchik said...

Beautiful - flowers and sky, both. Lovely share. Thanks

AphotoAday said...

Those are real explosions of color, aren't they...
--My parents used to raise lots of Dahlias to decorate their church...

Laura ~Peach~ said...

absolutely wonderful photos ... Love them!

Photo Cache said...

Dahlias are soo beautiful. I think they are underappreciated. I just scrolled down and you have the most amazing floral images.

Happy skywatching.

imac said...

Beautiful

SandyCarlson said...

Now that looks like the sun itself!

Jacqueline said...

These are great, thanks for showing them. I wrote about dahlias recently at www.teleflora.com/flowerblog.
Jacqueline

Louise said...

Spectacular.

Debbie365 said...

That first one is stunning!

Arija said...

Great Dahlia shots, especially the last one against the sky.
Had a look at all the others too. the black and whites were stunning as well.

Angie said...

These are all lovely photos but the B&W ones are extra special. :)

Mary Hughes Studio said...

Your yellow flower against the cloudy sky is spectacular!!

sandyshares said...

These are wondrous

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