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Ally

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You helped me cheering myself up. Truly.


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Yellow and blue are complementary colours. Orange adds red to yellow ... violet adds red to blue, so the colours in your photo remain complementary ... ever more.


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Let's see if I can post at least a part of my succulent.

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 House plants are very compliant subjects to practice close-up photography or for those crazy close capture antics defined by macrophotography. There is no disturbing breeze to counter and house plants never complain during the entire endeavour. It can be very frustrating stuff, bordering on grief.
There was an episode of the original Star Trek series when the Enterprise was infiltrated by beings that existed on a different temporal plane, experiencing time dilation compared to the crew’s time frame. When the aliens were present on the bridge the crew occasionally heard an annoying buzz as the only discernible manifestation of movement and speech from the accelerated alien presence. House plants probably experience us in the same way, as an annoying buzz, because they exist on a much slower temporal freeway and are therefore mostly unconcerned by a looming macro lens or a hot face flush with raging lividity because close-up photography is not for those dispossessed of patience.
Let me offer some suggestions for close-up photography delivered from someone that is perceived by many members of this forum as an annoying buzz that never goes away.
The most demanding technique expands the depth-of-field through either lens setting or with software that layers multiple exposures, all taken at a slightly different plane of focus, into a composite with apparently huge depth-of-field. This could be done manually with layers in PS but will likely drive you mad before you realize acceptable results. The software approach is less troublesome.
House plant subjects could produce abstractions by moving the lens during a long exposure fully stopped down, or by moving the plant while the camera shutter is open. Placing the pot on a thick piece of cloth and then slowly dragging the plant away from the lens during the exposure. You could also zoom out during an exposure. Lots of practice is required but you never know what kind of interesting image might be so created.
Translucent tenting over the plant, time exposure by moonlight, photographing the subject’s shadow, or movement of same, burning fire in the background, house plants outside, house plants in unlikely places, house plants wet from rain, house plants next to a fog machine, or humidifier mist, house plants in outer space. OK, perhaps I’ve gone too far. How about a house plant in a dark box fitted with a pinhole for light to get in and taking a long exposure through a sealed lacuna. 


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Excellent macro photography technique explained by SS. No you are not an annoying buzz - you are more like a teacher with infinite patience. Time to write a book SS with your excellent photos and narrative - it will be a super seller.


Ally

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Let's see if I can post at least a part of my succulent.
Wow, beautiful! I always wanted one of those!


Charline

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Ally, thanks for liking it. I can share some of my succulent cuttings with you if you like. I have too many.


Ally

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Ally, thanks for liking it. I can share some of my succulent cuttings with you if you like. I have too many.
Yes! Please! I would like to have some. I will drop you a private message.


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The housing crisis suggests a house plant crisis. No? OK, OK, I will just shut up now.


Ally

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Flowers are always nice


Ally

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More bloomed


Ally

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Plants are endless fun, especially when you can't go out


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 “House plant” is a term that just rolls of the tongue with as much mellifluence as House finch, House sparrow, house guest, housefly, house paint, house wine, house rules, house specialty, and house-call. I can understand the appeal of house plants since they are climate sensitive, flourish only in zone 3 (to some exponent) and as such offer a little bit of the exotic, something that does not surface here, on its own, even in the summer. I imagine that house plants garner more attention and accept more TLC in the winter months than is bestowed upon them in the summer. I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if some house plant aficionados name their plants and ascribe each plant with a personality. Imagine snarky succulents that prick when the mood strikes. Some say that house plants respond favourably to the sonic tapestry of classical music. Some will say anything! Don’t you just love those commercials that begin with … “some say …”. That is a tautology for saying nothing useful. How can you tell if a house plant prefers Mozart to Haydn? Has anyone even tried the Romantics?
I must confess that I have no house plants at the present time. If I did entertain any tropical splendors they might get to feel neglected or bored. As I reckon, I have enough to do as it is. Some owners of house plants are such latent caregivers that if they don’t have dependents to look after they express their surfeit of TLC on exotic plants and the acquired responsibility is probably a healthy undertaking. I think it also forces one to accept and exercise the perspective view, thus to better appreciate the long-term consequences of brief actions because house plant livelihood unfolds on a much slower time-line. 



I have been known to garden differently and not with live items. As I did with faux aircraft scenes, there are ways to create nature in miniature, if for no more authenticity than a facsimile of nature using synthetic materials to construct the out-of-doors on a small scale, such as HO-model RR scale (1/87th). I’ve heard of computer games that allow the player to conjure whole towns during the course of the game. I sometimes do the same but using real materials for miniature constructs and diorama type layouts that mimic Mother Nature. I guess that is my version of plants in winter. Since I cannot actually go out, or explore the outdoors, I can at least create imaginary settings that somewhat resemble what might be out there, somewhere, albeit only this big: 



 


   


        
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Ally

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I got the yellow Christmas Cactus!


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Nice bloom, although a little late. How about renaming it the Family Day cactus? Or maybe the February doldrums cactus ... or maybe just call it Wanda. You need to call it something because right now it is screaming at you in the only language it can muster. Colour and form says "for heaven's sake, just look at me!" "I'm in my prime ... ain't I a sight for tired eyes?" I bet you didn't anticipate that I could speak cactus.