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This unusual flower appears to be floating in mid air ...



It had been raining at the time of taking this shot ... Hence the water on the bloom.
I have just found out that this flower is a Spoon African Daisy ......
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It had been raining at the time of taking this shot ... Hence the water on the bloom.
I have just found out that this flower is a Spoon African Daisy ...
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TPOO
 
TPOO July 06, 2015
Beautiful Trish! Good luck with the competition :)
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leckie45 July 06, 2015
Thank you so very much my dear friend ... :)
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margaretgodfrey July 06, 2015
Congrats on being a Finalist in the Bokeh contest :)
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leckie45 July 06, 2015
Thank you very much Marg ... :)
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kathyk_abq July 06, 2015
Beautiful!!! Congrats on being a finalist and good luck! :)
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leckie45 July 06, 2015
Thanks Kathy ... Here's hoping it is a winner!! LOL!
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margaretgodfrey July 31, 2015
Congrats on winning People's Choice for Weird Flowers Trish
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leckie45 July 31, 2015
Thanks soo very much Marg :)
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inesgardea August 30, 2015
Nice Capture, this is a beautiful flower & for a while I didn't know the name of this African Daisey. Good Capture Leckie 45
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leckie45 August 30, 2015
Thank you very much Ines ... I am glad I could inform you of the flower's name ... Cheers Trish :)
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YvonneJeaK June 10, 2016
Outstanding. Voted in Flowers with Boken
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leckie45 June 10, 2016
Thank you so very much Yvonne, your vote is most appreciated... Cheers Trish :)
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onyanita June 17, 2016
gorgeous...i like the dof choice and the lovely colors
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leckie45 June 18, 2016
Thanks So much ... If you went into Aireys Inlet to see the Spit Point Lighthouse you would have walked past this plant. :)
josecoelho1969
 
josecoelho1969 October 17, 2016
Wow. Amazing :) Did you shoot this with your kit lens? 18-55 mm?
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leckie45 October 17, 2016
Thank you Jose ... yes I did, if you care to scroll down the page, you will see that there is a piece called "Behind The Lens" that I have written telling people how I took this shot . :)
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Flosno July 04, 2017
Wonderful presentation
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leckie45 July 04, 2017
I am so pleased with this shot ... I had no idea how it would turn out ... thanks for your kind words Louise :)

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Behind The Lens

Location
This African Daisy was taken at Aireys Inlet near the Split Point Lighthouse and the little café, just off the Great Ocean Road, in Victoria, Australia
Time
I was traveling with friends in February of this year. We had walked up to the lighthouse between showers of rain at around 2.30 - 3.00 pm, when we spotted the flower beds, near the café, they were so pretty that we stopped to have a look at them. When I looked directly down on this bloom it looked as if it was floating in mid-air and decided to take the shot.
Lighting
At that time of the day it was lightly overcast, hence the diffused lighting, I rather like that sort of light, as it is good for making the details to stand out more and makes the drops of water glisten slightly, without any of the harsh shadowing full sun would create.
Equipment
I used my DSLR Canon EOS 1200D with my 18-55mm lens with a UV filter fitted, the light was sufficient to take this shot, so no flash was needed. This is a handheld shot, as I had no other equipment with me on that walk.
Inspiration
The flower itself inspired me to take this shot, as I could see the potential of a Bokeh image, because of the way it was standing upright and if I used the right DOF I could produce a great image. I used F5.6 aperture at 1/125 exposure ISO was 400 and the focal length was 55/1
Editing
There was very little post-processing, I used Picasa 3 to process this image and just did a little cropping, light, colour and sharpening adjustments and that is all.
In my camera bag
I only have my trusty Canon EOS 1200D with it's 18-55mm lens and it's big brother a 75-300mm lens each with UV filters, a remote shutter switch, with a couple of dioptres to help with Macro photography. Also a supply of spectacle cloths to clean any dust of the lenses. I do have a good tripod, but only take it if I think I am going to need it.
Feedback
Just keep a sharp eye out for any and all photo opportunities, as I did with this shot. Defused light is, at times, better than full sun, you need to be very mindful of the light and how it affects the shot. Take various shots of the same subject and really look at/into them on your camera's screen to check for sharpness and if it is the shot you are looking for. If you haven't got THAT shot, move and try a different angle. Also, try different camera settings, you can always bring out a slightly underexposed shot in post processing, but you cannot do anything much with an overexposed shot, that is unless that is the type of shot you are looking for. Everyone has their own style of photography, this is my style. Thank you.

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