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Another grass is not until you get up close that you come to realise how complex and beautiful the flowers of grasses are.


Another grass is not until you get up close that you come to realise how complex and beautiful the flowers of grasses are.

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I think you need to spring for a macro lens! This is a very lovely shot let down slightly by too shallow a DOF. Nevertheless, it captures the complexity of these grass flowers very well.
Ray: Thanks, Martin. I appreciate your constructive comments, and readily accept your point on this occasion.
Actually, I have a good 100mm f2.8 macro, but rarely carry it when I am wandering favourite photographing mode. So, I make do with whatever I have on the camera or in the pocket...on this occasion it was a 70-200mm zoom; some of my "macro" shots have even been the product of a 100-400mm zoom.
I have discovered a "Storey's Law of Photography"..."The best photo-opportunities, that present during the course of a photo-outing, are ones that require the gear that has been discarded when lightening the back-pack."
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 27 Feb 2008, 01:07
You are so right about the complexity of grass, Ray. The closer you get, the more you understand why animals and bugs eat it! I wonder what the value is of all those filigrees? To tickle the tongues?
Ray: Ha Ha! yep...tongue ticklers, for sure!
  • Kathryn
  • Germany
  • 27 Feb 2008, 04:29
The filigrees are there to give wing to the grass. You've captured them so intricately.

I think "Storey's Law of Photography" is derived from "Murphy's Law of Life."
Ray: That darn Murphy! He's got a lot to answer for!
  • Jewlya
  • United States
  • 27 Feb 2008, 05:14
What an unusual plant, Ray. The detail and colors are beautiful. And for me, with only one camera to carry, the best photo opportunities tend to happen not when I have the wrong gear, but when I have no gear with me at all!
Ray: Hi Jewlya. I think the point I am trying to make is that these are very common plants, but we rarely seem to get close enough to study them and discover what beauty we are trampling underfoot as we gambol through the grass.
Yep..."no gear" is an extreme example of Storey's Law.
  • Astrid
  • The Netherlands
  • 27 Feb 2008, 07:12
*sigh* Ray, what are you doing to me...I have been staring to this for a long time, I keep seeing more and more, this is an outstanding picture, great DOF, great colors...
Ray: It's just a common grass flower, Astrid...a year ago I probably would not have noticed it!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 27 Feb 2008, 07:51
Intensely and well thought out law that you have discovered. Philosophicaly sound and should stand the tests of time.

The grass I am used to have green pips and yellow flowers, so I guess the grass in your picture is of the "don't step on it" kind.

I believe that many lenses can be adapted to different types of work. It is well known that many a good macro comes from the big lenses. So I believe that in this case, if you wanted a broader focus field, you could have stepped up ISO and aperture.

I have recently seen a lightweight traveller's Manfroto tripod and was much impressed by it. It will not carry big heavy lenses, but will do for many a macro or normal 200 zoom. It was quite affordable as well.

Notwithstanding all the chatter, this is a great picture and yes grass seeds hold surprises.
Ray: I think I would agree with everything you said, Louis.
It's great fun testing the limits of the equipment, and sometimes the outcomes are very acceptable.
Just wonderful Ray. It shows very well the complexity!
Ray: Thank you, Richard. Complex, beautiful things are everywhere! Isn't it great to be alive, and in possession of a digital camera with empty storage card and full battery!
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 27 Feb 2008, 12:50
What an amazing looking grass flower. I have never seen any thing like it before Raysmile
Ray: Ha Ha! I'd wager you trampled one to death as you were wandering about the village taking that great series of pictures!
I love grasses too and have a file of them.
Ray: Yes...occasionally you post a grassy image, which I appreciate greatly.
  • PhotoSam
  • London, U.K.
  • 27 Feb 2008, 16:26
wonderful light...
Ray: Nice of you to say so...
  • mal
  • 27 Feb 2008, 17:53
so you are to blame? "Storey's law", I got all the way out to the coast once only to find that I had not packed a memory card for the camera! not many photographic shops open at 5.30am on a sunday morning!...

lovely image by the way. mal
Ray: Yeh...recently I wandered about for a couple of hours, shooting masterpieces that would make even you drool, mal...returned home to discover there was no card in the camera, so read the User manual in a rage and discovered my new camera [Canon 40D] has a setting that actually allows this to happen without a warning...they should label it the "switch that allows you to behave like a total doofus".
  • Ellie
  • in my chair
  • 27 Feb 2008, 21:26
Oops @ Mal.

You're right though, there's always a better lens at home - if you're lucky.

Cracking shot, again. The macro world holds a lot of surprises doesn't it? I wonder if you've got the magnification to see pollen grains? wink
Ray: I now have the equipment...even a one day I might try to get into pollens, grains of sand, ear wax...intimate stuff like that...
  • Roz Sears
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 27 Feb 2008, 21:42
This grass is really wonderful, so intricate. Lovely macro. (:o)
Ray: Love grass...darn shame it gives me asthma, though!
Very intricate, nice one
Ray: Ta very much, Nigel.
You're definitivly THE maestro !
Ray: You are very generous, Zebigleb.

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