dandelion seeds

by Arnold Wolfgang

dandelion seeds flower flora macro seed seeking critique arnold wolfgang

Gallery: Flora

Tags: flower flora dandelion macro seed seeking critique

Category: Macro

Exif Information:
Model : NIKON D800
Date Time Original : 2012-05-12 17:57:08
Focal Length : 105/1
Exposure Time : 1/15
F Number : 2.8
Iso Speed Ratings : 100
Metering Mode : 5
White Balance : 1
Focal Length In35mm Film : 105
Orientation : 1
X Resolution : 72.0000000
Y Resolution : 72.0000000
Copyright : Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/
Software : Aperture 3.2.3

Published: Saturday 12th of May 2012 04:32:32 PM


Chris McGivney

This is a fantastic picture... beautifully composed.

Jack McRitchie
I love the delicacy of the feathery foreground but think the backgroud becomes a bit too abruptly soft. I would have liked to see a more gradual transition but perhaps this wasn't possible.

Wolfgang Arnold

@Jack: you have a point - in fact I have some other versions taken with smaller aperture (see attached file - f5.6) - yet, still somehow I personnally prefer the softer one.

@Gail: many thanks!

@Richard: many thanks also for your other recent comments. In fact, the set-up was fairly simple: the one appearing to stand in fact is leaning with it's 'hair' on the others in the background - they are so airy that the little support of the other's hair is enough to keep them upright.

My initial intention was to shoot only individual ones (might post one later) but by accident a bigger bunch got released from the stem I had collected. I found they form a nice group - so this photo was created.
Probably you could easily develop the "dancer" theme further with a more careful arrangement (this I left too large extent to pure chance).

Alf Bailey
Hi Wolfgang

I think the grouping works really well. In the past I have seen these seeds, photographed, but invariably they have been of single specimens.  The group creates a kind of glow, and the "Ballet Dancer" analogy from Lester is absolutely spot on.



Wolfgang Arnold
Radu, Lester, Hen Ry, Razaq, Bela, Chris, Linda, Alf,

big thanks for your comments!

@Lester: spot on comparison - ballet dancers really suit here - thanks!

Richard John Edwards

Fantastic image Wolfgan, how did you set this up? the dandelion seeds are sitting so perfectly, the lighting is so soft yet gives great detail, the DOF is perfect for this sort of image, implied presence counts for a lot, we dont need to see every seed in full detail, the sections in focus give us what we need to know. This is so well excecuted Wolfgang.

Great work

Regards Richard

Linda Liebl

You've captured the delicate details in the foreground beautifully.  Ballet dancers indeed! ~~~~L

Gail Harmer

Excellent macro, looks just like a 'ballet slipper'. You took your time planning this shot and with good results! Bravo!

Razaq Vance

very nice..

Bela Dick

Hello Wolfgang.

Very nice and soft image of dandelions. 

Kind regards

Bela Dick

Hen Ry
very very good

I am searching ballet dancers for a shooting, and you have found them, without costs.Congrats. What wonderful idea and realisation.  6+. Hen Ry

Radu Carp

I like how you composed this with details well seen on foreground seeds and soft blur bg.

Lester A. Garcia

These dandelion seeds are like ballet dancers, beautifully created and composed.

Wolfgang Arnold
Dandelion seeds... ...in detail.

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