Sedona Pathways ... our daily journey: Nov. 24, 2014

The scent of the flower remains on the hands of the person who gives the gift ... an old Japanese proverb.

The daughter of a friend is a commercial florist growing orchids and brings some to her dad periodically . I was lucky enough to be walking by and he stopped me to introduce us . she made a gift of several orchid plants and here is photo of a few blooms on one of them. I debated between using the branch or a shot of just a single bloom . the branch won.

I got quite a few questions tonight about the settings that I use on my flowers and to be honest I normally do not even think about it. Most of the time I use either Aperture preferred or Manual settings and make the adjustments as I view the subject matter through the lens; that way I can adjust the aperture and other settings while looking at the subject, composing the shot, and adjusting distance and angle et al so that I can see what I have got before I press the shutter release. I guess I have been doing it so long that I don't think about it anymore. This was shot with a Canon 1D X, the 100mm macro lens. F22, 1/250th of a second and ISO 400 and of course it was hand held . so much easier to maneuver around the flower. It was shot in sun coming through the kitchen window and the flower pot was (and is) on the kitchen table.

Was truly a fun outing tonight and I got to see some other really great work. A need to put the day to rest . it was a fun day, and hope yours was too.

Cheers . and a few smiles too.


To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and to endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.

This is to have succeeded

Ralph Waldo Emerson


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