A Floral Image | Lavender Tips

A close-up of the petal detail of a Asteraceae Dahlia ‘Ferncliff’ Decorative showing the Lavender tips of its petals.

Well I thought I might take a little break from posting images from my trip to Donegal (and here, and here) and post a Floral Macro. It seems like an age since I had the opportunity to post one so I decided to show you something from this weekend. I had a chance to visit our local Botanical Gardens here in Dublin and, as many of you will know this is one of my favorite places to visit in Dublin. Even in the depths of Autumn it was still full of new blooms. This particular flower caught my eye amongst a garden that was a riot of colour. The delicate white flower with its very distinct lavender tips drew me as soon as I walked into the space.

The flower, known as a Asteraceae Dahlia ‘Ferncliff’ Decorative has a very large head and the space was densely populated. What drew me however was the tips and how the lavender transitioned into the white of the rest of the petal. I decided I’d break out the 100mm Macro Lens and focus on that detail, working very closely to the flower head and drawing out the detail, form and texture I was trying to convey in this image. I think it worked but I’ll let you be the judge.

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: 1/100
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 100mm
ISO Speed: 200

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