Saturday, August 2, 2008
Bird of Paradise
This exotic looking plant caught my eye as I was walking through a garden centre in Essex County, just outside Windsor, Ontario. Its splayed out petals displaying orange and blue colours commands attention. This plant was approximately 30 feet, or if you must, 10 meters away from where I was standing, and I took one shot of it with my Fuji S9100 lens extended fully to 300 mm. It still seemed too small in the frame, so I bumped it up to Digital telephoto, and this shot was taken at 600 mm, hand held at f5.6 for about 1/60 seconds. My wife said that it was a Bird of Paradise plant, and when I returned to North Bay, I googled it, and sure enough, she was right again, as usual. Any flaws in the picture was minimized by adding a little soft focus after the fact in Corel. I like the colour and graphic elements. Hope you enjoy it also.