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Iris Inspirations - Images Of The Goddess Flower

Updated on May 14, 2010

Named after the ancient Greek goddess of the rainbow, the Iris is one of nature's most beautiful flowers.

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Description Of Parts Of The IRIS Flower

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Inspired by their stunning appearance, I tried my hand at photographing them. Here a combination of fresh buds and full blooms (at their peaks) make a pleasing subject for my first focused attempt at flower photography:

Yellow Iris
Yellow Iris
Yellow Iris Close Up
Yellow Iris Close Up
Purple Iris
Purple Iris
Yellow Iris In Garden
Yellow Iris In Garden
Yellow Iris Buds And Blooms
Yellow Iris Buds And Blooms
Purple/White Iris Drapped With Oak Pollen
Purple/White Iris Drapped With Oak Pollen

How I Did It

I made these images with a film camera ["Film?, What's that?"]

  • a modest Canon Elan 7NE,
  • Quantaray 29-90 mm F3.5-5.6 MACRO Auto Focus Lense,
  • Quantaray QSX 9001 Tripod,
  • automatic timer for shutter release,
  • late-day, available daylight, some natural cloud-reflected light,
  • no additional artificial or reflected light,
  • took gray-card reading in camera's auto mode, remembered aperture and speed, switched to manual, increased by 1/2 stop, did NOT record exact settings,
  • photo lab scanned slides to disc, and I tweaked contrast, cropped and resized for better webpage presentation.

Just for fun, I googled "iris flower images" to see how my images stacked up against some of the best -- a great exercise for judging and improving any sort of photography. Of course, better (and more) equipment might get the best shots, but modest equipment used conscientiously gets some pretty fulfilling results.

The appeal of flowers never gets old, because a deep appreciation of plants does immense good for the planet.

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    • Varenya profile image

      Varenya 6 years ago

      Wow! Your photos are absolutely wonderful!!! Compliments, I think you have a great taste in choosing the colours and the patterns of your pictures!

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      Robert Kernodle 6 years ago

      Varenya,

      Thanks for your impressions.

      Robert

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      rebekahELLE 6 years ago from Tampa Bay

      simply gorgeous. the flowers look so proud! excellent work Robert. :)

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      Robert Kernodle 6 years ago

      rebekahELLE,

      Good to hear from you. Proud flowers,... yes. I tried to capture them at their peaks of proudness. These don't last too long, you know.

      RK

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      Dave 6 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      Hi Robert, nice to meet you. The photographs are indeed beautiful as are the chosen subject.Thank you for sharing.

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      Robert Kernodle 6 years ago

      Thank YOU for your observations.

      Robert

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      Victor Mavedzenge 5 years ago from Oakland, California

      Some very interesting shots here. The use of film does make a difference from what I have seen,it has a certain quality i quite cannot put my finger on. Thanks for sharing

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      Robert Kernodle 5 years ago

      Alladream74,

      Glad to get your thoughts here. I look forward to the day when I finally manage to buy a digital camera, so that I can shoot enough straight digital images to get a better feel for the difference between straight digital photography and scanned film photography.

      Late yesterday, I tried my hand at photographing a scarry-looking storm cloud with tornado possibilities.

      Robert

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