Monday, June 1, 2015

Lilac Time

     Flowering trees and shrubs are at their peak here in Alberta. Early wild flowers are also in bloom. I found 10 species yesterday while I was doing the spring bird count. I had binoculars and no hands to look after the camera.

     In my sparse yard,  the lilac is the leader of the pack. My lilac has a very deep purple and is popular with my neighbors who like to get a bouquet. One time a neighbor decorated a wedding with my lilacs.

    Now I learned a few thing about photography and light. I hope it sticks with me. So light conditions were bright but poor for taking pictures.

I couldn't get this one in focus as there was too much light somewhere else.




45 comments:

  1. so gorgeous! i really miss lilacs!

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    1. Tell me now, are there no lilacs in Texas?

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  2. Yep, bright sunny days are not best for photography. I high this cloud layer and diffused light without shadows works best.

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    1. I learned that the hard way. I am learning!

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  3. Beautiful lilacs, you did good in the bright light. Try early morning or after supper:)

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  4. Gorgeous lilacs - I like that deep purple!

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  5. It's always hard to get true colour in bright light but you did manage to show the beauty of your lilacs. I'm sure they brighten the day for anyone who looks at them.

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    1. I will know that next time. I wasn't getting what I saw.

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  6. I love the smell of lilacs, I might plant some if only they were flowering longer. I was out shooting a few photos today as well of my flowers, only on my phone but I had to change the settings. It is difficult to shoot in bright light and if I would have had my DSLR out I would have played around more with settings and used my polarizer, I love using this in bright light to get more of a natural color. You did a good job given how bright it was!

    Have a fantastic week Red!

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    1. You just remind me as to how bad my sense of smell has become. I do not smell the lilacs.

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  7. Bright sun is not good for photographs. It's okay if you shade them a bit.

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    1. Got it! I'd never noticed it so much before with the old camera.

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  8. This is so lovely, Red. It must have been so much fun to see the wedding church decorated with your lilacs. We had purple and white lilac bushes in our Illinois yard, but it didn't produce as much flowers as yours.

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    1. Hey, I didn't go to this wedding. My neighbor decorates for some weddings.

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  9. Lilac blossom is one of the greatest flowering joys of spring.

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    1. There's a lot of them here as they planted some streets with them.

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  10. Nice shots Red. You forgot to post the lovely lilac aroma.

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    1. Good point on the aroma. I can't smell the aroma unless my nose is right on the bloom.

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  11. I think their smell is one of my favorites. It is hot summer here and fund to think of you in spring.

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    1. The lilac is my wife's favorite .

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  12. Yes, sometimes the sun can be very bright in spring and it is difficult to make proper photo's. I had lately lots of shadows too here on my photo's.

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    1. The more I learn , the more there is to think about when taking pictures.

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  13. So gorgeous. I love lilacs. We still have quite a few in bloom around here.

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    1. they'e my wife's favorites. They are at their peak here.

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  14. Nice Lilac Tree Red. I have a white one in my back yard and I can smell the lilacs. There are quite a few growing round about the neighbourhood and its one of those early summer smells that just delight ones sense of smell. I think that's pretty neat that you decorated a wedding with your Lilac Tree. Have a wonderful day.

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    1. I didn't decorate for the wedding. My neighbor did the decorating with my lilac blooms. Everybody talking about lilac aroma reminds me how little I smell.

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  15. They make a filter to hold over subjects, it looks like a white cloth.

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    1. Hey, I'll finally get it that I have to go out at a different time of day.

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  16. Are the lilacs the best?
    My daughter insisted on lilacs for her May 28th wedding. Of course, the florist couldn't promise them.
    We wer in charge of decorating the hall and drove around town looking for lilacs to ask to take for the table decorations. It was a grand time, ten years ago! They are on vacation in London today!

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    1. That's one you won't forget.

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  17. Nice job! Our lilacs have been gone for awhile now, so I get to enjoy yours in June. :-)

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    1. Our lilacs are at their peak right now.

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  18. Hi Red, Andy says you forgot to post the aroma ... I don't know ... It sure smells good on my phone! :-) Thanks for the kind "Enjoy your summer" and may I wish you the same.

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  19. Beautiful Red. What do you mean you have not got it focus.

    It is great clarity at my end and the color of it. Is beautiful!

    Liliac's are beautiful. I wish they would last longer. They smell so nice.

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    1. The shrub itself is not in focus at all. I deleted most of the close ups.

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  20. Our lilacs are out too at the moment, and it's a good year for them. I've heard it's not that good an idea to clip them for inside bouquets- not that it damages the tree, just that ants tend to get indoors that way!

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    1. Try peonies. You really get the ant with them.

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  21. I think you did well in the conditions Red. The shadows on the fence are nice as well. I like your comment to William about peonies. Took some of them inside once and learned my lesson.

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  22. Do not worry! This Lilac tree is beautiful and you have taked quite good shoots. Greetings, Miklos

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  23. There is nothing more wonderful than the smell of lilacs in the air! I missed mine along with the peonies this year as they were just budding when I moved south.

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  24. I love lilacs! I wish the blooms lasted longer. OUr Japanese lilac is just fading now. The pollinators love it. I would like to get some more varieties of lilac in my garden.

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