Last week, while I was thinking about what I could photograph for this month’s meetup group challenge “from the ground up”, a friend suggested that I take a picture from the ground looking up through some funky-looking flowers in one of the gardens at work… which I did. I had been told a few years ago that these flowers were a kind of onion, but just to be sure, I googled them when I got home. Sure enough, they fit the description of “ornamental onion”. (And that spot is a bee — confirmed by the antennae in close-up view.)
While I was at it, I decided to look at other photos of ornamental onions. One in particular really caught my eye. It’s the work of Ram, aka “Floral Colors”, who has some absolutely gorgeous photos on Flickr (and who has graciously given me permission to embed this one):
Looking through his portfolio made me want to try some of his technique… way easier said than done. One thing I noticed in the EXIF data was that he had his sharpness setting on “soft”. But how did he get that light? And where does one focus for this kind of shot? The best way to find out is probably to try it. (And keep on trying it.)
So I’ve been playing around with abstract macros for the past few days.
Hubby isn’t especially impressed, and I guess it’s an acquired taste, but it’s provided me with hours of entertainment.