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This photo shows a Garlic "Flower" from a Mature Rocambole Hard-neck Garlic plant. Laden with tiny baby Garlic "Bulbil's", the flower has just burst through the...
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This photo shows a Garlic "Flower" from a Mature Rocambole Hard-neck Garlic plant. Laden with tiny baby Garlic "Bulbil's", the flower has just burst through the scape's sheathing and is exposing itself to the sunlight. Each flower can contain hundred's of baby Garlic bulbs (Bulbils), many of which will naturally make their way down to the soil, where the entire garlic growing cycle begins. The Mature plant needs to start somewhere, and this flower is where it all begins. It will take 3-5 years of planting and replanting the Garlic bulbils from the "offspring" of the flower pictured here. The bulbils increase in size every year until the plant shows the development of separate cloves, which when replanted separately will eventually mature to the size of the Garlic bulbs that we see in grocery stores. Very few people want to wait that long, so mature Garlic is usually propagated by planting the individual cloves from the mature plant. This speeds up the growing process, reducing the mature plants development time to one year.
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Behind The Lens

Location

This photo was taken in my back yard, from one of my Garlic gardens.

Time

This photo was taken in May of 2015 around 11am.

Lighting

I had to position myself so the sunlight would illuminate the top and the "Insides" of the flower. This position allowed me to capture some of the small internal details of the flower that normally would go unnoticed.

Equipment

This photo was shot during the day using my Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS. Aperture f/5.0, ISO 100, Shutter 1/500, Focal Length 46/1, no tripod or other accessories used.

Inspiration

I am somewhat passionate about Garlic and Garlic Growing. This photo shows a Garlic "Flower" from a Mature Rocambole Hard-neck Garlic plant. Laden with tiny baby Garlic "Bulbil's", the flower has just burst through the scape's sheathing and is exposing itself to the sunlight. Each flower can contain hundred's of baby Garlic bulbs (Bulbils), many of which will naturally make their way down to the soil, where the entire garlic growing cycle begins. The Mature plant needs to start somewhere, and this flower is where it all begins. It will take 3-5 years of planting and replanting the Garlic bulbils from the "offspring" of the flower pictured here. The bulbils increase in size every year until the plant shows the development of separate cloves, which when replanted separately will eventually mature to the size of the Garlic bulbs that we see in grocery stores. Very few people want to wait that long, so mature Garlic is usually propagated by planting the individual cloves from the mature plant. This speeds up the growing process, reducing the mature plants development time to one year.

Editing

None whatsoever! I have to master photography before I start getting into making digital photo modifications! Actually, If I can keep my photos clean without any modification, that is my preference at this point. When I have a bit more time, I will pursue using some of the photo modification tools that everyone seems to be using, to see what I can come up with!

In my camera bag

LOL! Camera w/ extra lens, extra battery and charger, extra Class 10 memory cards, lens wipes, folded gallon sized freezer bag to serve as an emergency raincoat for the gear. That's all folks.....

Feedback

YES - This advice applies to all photo taking and photo takers: 1) Shoot First - Ask questions later. If the image is not something you should have captured - delete it (or hide it). 2) You are guaranteed to miss out on 100% of the photos you never take. Just take the shot.....See #1. 3) No tripod handy? Use a "steady rest" or something you can use to steady your hands and camera. If a steady rest is not available, then use that breathing technique you have been practicing...you know....the one where you take a deep breath - let out about half of the air, and then hold what is left of your breath. This breathing technique when practiced, can really help with keeping your hands and body in a steady position. 4) IF attempting to take a difficult shot, DO NOT allow yourself to become frustrated. As so many other photographers, painters, and other craftspeople will tell you, patience is the key to almost everything, not just your picture taking. 5) The hardest advice to provide comes from within, so everyone is going to be different and any advice can be interpreted differently from one person to another, so when it comes to taking pictures, by best advice to you would be to allow your feelings and imagination steer you in the right direction. Start taking pictures....the creativity and fun ideas will come to you naturally if you open your mind to everything that surrounds you. 6) The more you practice - the more familiar you will become with photography!

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