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Fitness and Photography for Fun - A blog on staying fit by hiking and doing photography by David Mendosa

Orchids at Echter’s

November 10th, 2008 · No Comments

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The bad weather that I have been waiting for finally arrived today.

The prediction was for rain and snow. While neither are here yet, the temperature now is about 40 degrees and the sky is gray.

A perfect afternoon for shooting flowers. Of course, this late in the season few Colorado wildflower remain in bloom.

But at the most recent meeting of the Colorado Nature Camera Club someone showed some images of beautiful flowers. He said that he had taken them at Echter’s Garden Center in a suburb of Denver.

I never heard of Echter’s before. But I checked out this large nursery on the Internet and have been waiting ever since for bad weather.

I was especially anxious to use my new 60mm macro lens on my new tripod. Even better, this weekend Apple released the Aperture 2 RAW decoder for my Canon EOS 50D camera, which just came on the market a month ago.

I had to use JPG format for the first 1900 pictures that I took with this camera, but I took 70 pictures today in the lossless RAW format. RAW images take a lot of hard disk space, so I saved only the eight that I liked best.

RAW permits even more photo manipulation in the computer than JPG. But I didn’t have to do anything with these photos, except crop some of them a bit and restore some blown out highlights.

Here are the rewards of bad weather:

A Branch

A Branch

A White Flower

A White Flower

Red And Whites

Red And Whites

Pink Ones

Pink Ones

Berries

Berries

Red Ones

Red Ones

Spotted Flower

Spotted Flower

More Red Flowers

More Red Flowers

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