Notes from the field, essays, and observations.
A profile view of a long stem:
Exquisite, like a dancer in a leap, looking over shoulder. The colors are superb.
They have a graceful stem – thanks for the kind words.
Very nice work, Tom. Love the foreground pea soup. 🙂
As always, a beautiful image!! Are you doing any classes this year?
Nothing planned until next year:
And I may do a workshop in the northeast next spring.
Carole, just saw your photos and article at Mused (http://www.bellaonline.com/review/)
Such a graceful looking orchid and beautiful shot.
Lovely and elegant.
Thanks! One thing I noticed from this angle is the comb at the top of the flower – hard to see at this size.
Delicately beautiful. Gorgeous photo! Love the diagonal, the stem emerging from the blur, the smooth green bg.
Thanks, Anita – glad you like it. I wasn’t sure of the reaction to a side view, though I like the look from this perspective.
Great, great shot Tom !
Amazing work Tom !!
looks like it is rising from the green 🙂
Thanks as always for vsiting and commenting, Joshi!
Beautiful flower and very good composition. I especially like how the stem appears nicely from the blurred foreground and the chosen size. Just my taste 🙂
Thanks, Sandra – I’ve begun to dislike “cut stem” images of long, tall flowers like these – a blurred foreground is a big help grounding the image.
Absolutely agree. “Cut stems” look very uncreative to me, just a pic of a flower. For me personally, looking for a perfect background and bottom foreground is even more important than the flower itself. If it does not fit perfectly, I won’t take the pic – however rare or beautiful the flower is 😉
I have only recently been a subscriber to your blog, and I am learning a lot by studying your exquisite images closely. Can you clarify what you mean by “cut stem images” in the above post?
Cut stem image: a flower image that isn’t grounded, that has a cut stem at the bottom of the frame. By grounded, I mean an image that literally shows the flower down to the ground, or one that gives an implied ground, like this one.
A cut stem is OK, but not all of the time – it’s worth looking for a way to ground the image. The Daisy post (https://tomwhelan.wordpress.com/2013/07/21/daisy/) cut stem works, I think – the flower is lower in the frame, and the background gives context.
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