Seems I’ve got a case of ’warm fuzzies’ with all the yellow flowers blooming in the neighborhood! Now, I could have gone for forsythia, daffodil or tulip but nope. What caught my camera’s eye today were the dandelions! Go figure.
“Dandy” (Taraxacum officinale, aka Common Dandelion) Nikon D300, VR 105mm F/2.8G, F/3.8, 1/2000s, ISO 200
Snubbed by most as a lowly weed, but when you get belly-down to these sunny blossoms you start to see them in a whole different light.
“The Art of the Dandelion” (Taraxacum officinale, aka Common Dandelion) Nikon D300, VR 105mm F/2.8, F/6.3, 1/200s, ISO 200
Ever take a close look at the leaves? Before today I can’t really say that I had. And there they’ve been all along…the spikey, deep green background players, edged and veined in purple, with little white tips, waiting patiently for someone, anyone, to take notice.
Well, there ya go little dandelion. Sorry it took me soooo long.
A ‘balding’ dandelion seed head showed an interesting side to this ever-so-common lawn invader, making it appear more flower-like than seedy weed.
“Incognito” (Common Dandelion Seed Head, Taraxacum officinale) Nikon D300, 105mm F/2.8G Macro w/3-ring Extension Tube Set, F/8, 1/60s, -0.3EV, ISO 640, Silver Efex Pro ‘High Structure’ Filter
Quite elegant in black & white, hmmm?
Found some more dandelion seed heads to play with today, though they were all pretty battered by the prevailing winds. (For those unaware, it is feeling more like Marchthan May on the coast of Northeastern Massachusetts! )
“Day Glow” (Common Dandelion Seed Head, Taraxacum officinale) Nikon D300, 105mm F/2.8G Macro, F/5.6, 1/160s, -0.7EV, ISO 500, Color Efex Pro ‘Bi-Color’ Filter
With the wind gusts whipping the heads around, I was stunned I was able to capture anything! (In fact, this was the only salvageable shot!)
As I was about to hit the ‘delete’ key, I sensed a certain tension in the image, as if at any moment, the seeds would be ripped from the head and sent traveling on the winds to destinations unknown.
Well, ideally, to someone ELSE’S yard!
Here’s another dandelion seed head from yesterday since today’s weather has been constant rainfall.
I felt some slight post processing was required on this one to push the underlying color palette over to the cooler tones. Simply made for a prettier image and helped to draw out the details.
“Burst” (Common Dandelion Seed Head, Taraxacum officinale) Nikon D300, 105mm F/2.8G Macro, F/7.1, 1/80s, ISO 2000, Color Efex Pro ‘Glamour Glow’ Filter
For me, it’s like a beautiful fireworks burst but at very, VERY close range!