Monday, November 28, 2005

Young Sunflower

This is a sunflower I 'raised' from a seed. It's actually from a packet of 12 seeds Robyn gave me from her trip to Switzerland. Oddly 13 plants grew from the 12 seeds and all are about 3-4 feet tall now.
I took this photo about a day or two after this plant had started opening it's flower. The natural light and the closeness of the macro lens let you see the bright yellow of the petals and of the pollen on the inside. Hopefully a fresh and vibrant image to start your week.

Nikon Coolpix 5400, AV 2.8, Macro Mode


Blogger web_loafer said...

Ahamed, The Sunflower is my States Flower...Kansas. It is a marvelous plant. One tall Kansas Sunflower can keep several dozen songbirds alive during the bitter winters of Kansas. My neighbors hate me, but, I use my 100x200 ft city lot to grow as much bird food as I can....they all want me to spray chemicals, pour on the fertilizer and grow grass that is worthless to everyone....but it looks so weed patch looks beautiful, and the birds and other critters love my city lot.

Ahamed, I want to thank you for your thoughtful visits to one of my blogs.......
I tried emailing but to no avail.
Here is the text of the email I wanted to send.....sorry if it is out of place here, it is.

Thanks for the heads up, I sometimes get carried away on tangents. I wish to compliment you on your photography. Please stay in touch.
I am so busy Ahemed, but always have time to look at other peoples talent, or listen. I'm just a very busy truck driver. My job (which I need to pay for my families walk upon earth) is driving truck for a living.....55 hours a week on the timeclock.......I still try to squeeze in the time to maintain 6 blogs, and grow a herb garden. Sundays I give to God, I go to church twice and sit down with my family, (I still have one daughter living at home along with my wife) at a Dinner Table. Yes Sunday is my day of rest.....I will not do any physical labour, but I do use the day to write, and comment at my blogs. Again glad to have met you in cyberspace.....keep that shutter opening and closing.

11:35 PM  
Blogger Ahamed Iqbal said...

Thanks for the comments, I really appreciate it. I'll be sure to keep the photos coming.

12:06 AM  
Blogger Chantal said...

This yellow can really brighten up someones day.

4:07 AM  
Anonymous Otto K. said...

Nice macro. The coolpix does a good job. I was always pretty happy with my old Canon G2 in macro mode as well.

8:31 AM  
Blogger Doris said...

OH i love macro, especial of the pollen and things in side a flower ( boy I sound to technical there don't I lol) I have a coolpix 995 that I really love for macro shots! I so need to get a macro lens for my D50 I miss taking such close shots!

8:51 AM  
Anonymous Robyn said...

So you speak the truth: the sunflowers really ARE blooming! It only took them, what, 3 months? I guess they need to grow pretty tall first though. And just as an aside... the seeds came from a flower market in Holland, not Switzerland- they grow hearty flowers there! ;) Nice photo though. I like how you took it at an angle rather than straight on.

10:48 AM  
Blogger Ahamed Iqbal said...

Thanks for the comments everyone. I'd like to start taking more macro outside, so far i've just been taking things within my room.

11:07 AM  
Blogger Doris said...

That bee was not moving very fast at all, he was just sitting there, lucky for me it was a cold day :-) If he had been moving much you would not have found me that close LOL.

2:53 PM  
Anonymous Kitty said...

I admire those who take photographs that serve as art. I am not one of those people. I took a photo course once, but never developed (no pun intended). Your photographs are delightful to view.

4:30 PM  
Blogger jamie lang said...

I'm a sucker for sunflowers and this one is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.

5:49 PM  
Blogger Ahamed Iqbal said...

Thanks to evryone for your comments and compliments.

Kitty-I'm flattered that you see my photos as art, that's always my goal.

5:58 PM  
Blogger Mari said...

Nice macro. Lovely colors that are fading here where I am :( getting cooooooold.

6:53 PM  
Anonymous Mona said...

The softness is perfect for this delicate flower. Great lighting as well

7:37 PM  
Blogger Ahamed Iqbal said...

Thanks for the comments.
There realy is no replacement for natural light.

9:16 PM  
Blogger martijn said...

great image goes really well against the black background of your blog, should consider using it for you title banner image. The canyon one doesn't have as beautiful contrast.

10:36 PM  
Blogger Ahamed Iqbal said...


Thanks for the comment. That is a good idea, I agree that the canyon photo lacks contrast, maybe I'll try the flower with black letters.

6:43 AM  

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