2013—Day 318—”D” Is For Dandelion

I’ve missed posting photos for a few days after vowing to get back into the routine of daily posting. My Flickr Challenge group offers inspiration so that helps. A recent challenge was “starts with ‘D'” and I had planned to take this photo on Tuesday but by the time I got home from the gym, my gardeners had obliterated the dandelions in my lawn. Luckily, dandelions seem to miraculously regrow overnight, or maybe I missed this crop. I found four new dandelion poufs this morning—lucky me—not so lucky lawn.

I took two kinds of the shots this morning: with flash and without flash. I’m fascinated by high speed flash syncing but I’m not sure it worked correctly for me this morning, although I did like the results. High speed flash sync reduces the amount of light from the flash that affects the picture because the shutter speed is so fast. I took the first shot at 1/1000 of a second at f/5.6 with the speed light directed slightly above the dandelion. The purple background is actually a black background but with the bright flash, its true color seems to be purple. I took the second shot at 1/15 of a second at f/6.3 with no flash, just window light and light from my OTT light.

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