Madison Indiana Photography

“Pansy Porn”


I wonder if these flowers ever get tired of me shoving a macro lens up their reproductive parts?  Bet that got your attention, I have always shot cultivated flowers in pieces and abstract, and wildflowers as a whole subject and I can’t quite figure out why. How do you all feel about it, do you favor abstract flower shots or the whole subject being represented? Just curious it is very hot here and I am bored and looking for something to do, btw sorry for the little trip into the gutter but I like to shake the titles up every now and then.

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August 7, 2007 - Posted by | abstract, art, blogging, flora, flowers, image, images, life, macro, nature, outdoors, photoblog, photographer, photography, photos, pictures, random, thoughts, travel

25 Comments »

  1. Ha! I like macro photography in general. Flowers are especially interesting because they almost never look the same inside. Nice work, this is beautiful.

    Comment by designmoorehead | August 7, 2007 | Reply

  2. It’s funny, but I’ve sometimes thought about some of my macro shots peeking up some skirts too. That’s a beautiful pattern of color and form! I’m learning to really enjoy the abstract pieces. You do them so very well.

    Comment by montucky | August 7, 2007 | Reply

  3. I love your flower photographs.

    Terri

    Comment by lifecreativitycoach | August 7, 2007 | Reply

  4. I usually do flower close-ups and less abstracts, it’s not so much a matter of taste but rather me being lazy… these abstract macros require more effort than a standard closeup, but I do love both styles. So I really enjoy it when other people produce pictures like this! Wonderful work here, and flowers rock!

    Comment by Minna | August 7, 2007 | Reply

  5. striking shot!

    Comment by sabinche | August 7, 2007 | Reply

  6. This is a great question. In my fledgling flower photos I am finding that I like the whole subject treated only when the background doesn’t distract. One of these days I’ll buy equipment that lets me get in closer.

    Comment by Jim | August 7, 2007 | Reply

  7. Definitely a Georgia O’Keefe reference to be made here somewhere. Granted, she painted rather than photographed, however the flowers and porn analogy can be made in reference to many of her works. Nice colors and clarity. Very Warrioretteish in its colors.

    Comment by conchlife | August 7, 2007 | Reply

  8. I like both styles as well. I think it all depends on how pristine the flower is on the whole and where the light is falling as to how I approach an individual flower. I like getting in close on things like lillies because the stamen are so beautifully curved but I like seeing flowers as a whole, also.

    I love the name of your post today. It made me chuckle – especially considering I seem to have fallen into a bit of squirrel “porn” myself lately. Not intentionally, of course…

    Comment by HeyJules | August 7, 2007 | Reply

  9. nice photo Bernie, i tend to have a bias towards the macro abstracts…

    Comment by ankush | August 7, 2007 | Reply

  10. Such a sexy little specimen. 🙂 I find macro to be very difficult technically. Getting the right amount of DOF and angles is enough to make you need a chiropractor afterwards.

    Comment by Richard | August 7, 2007 | Reply

  11. Thanks for all the comments, it’s nice to get your views, I think I am partial to the abstract flower shots with these I can experiment a little more and be a lot bolder with my colors. Thanks again for stopping by.

    Comment by Bernie Kasper | August 7, 2007 | Reply

  12. You do get creative with your titles. Your work here reminded me of a photo I saw recently (here is the link if your interested. Checking it out might give you a chuckle.)

    http://www.smithsonianmagazine.com/issues/2007/june/photo.php?page=popup&image=7

    Meanwhile, for identifying a flower offering a distance perspective is probably the way to go – however, this kind of foreplay (wait did I just say that?) … this kind of play is actually quite revealing.

    Personally, texture is probably my personal favorite aspect of art. This provides a refreshing aspect to the petals that many people don’t normally see. In general because of the thickness of the texture I really enjoy these shots more.

    Comment by aullori | August 8, 2007 | Reply

  13. I like them both as well. Your tittle and post got my attention. I will be looking at taking flower shots differently. Hopefully I can do a little justice with my photo’s using my point and shoot camera. It does fairly well.

    Comment by growthumbs | August 8, 2007 | Reply

  14. Great shot, Bernie! I also tend to shoot cultivateds in abstract and wild flowers in their entirety, but this is partially due to 1) being able to control the lighting much easier at home and 2) wanting to get a shot of the whole flower (and whole plant) in the field so I have at least a small chance of identifying it later 🙂

    Comment by Adam R. Paul | August 8, 2007 | Reply

  15. I think it depends on the flower and the setting. Sometimes it looks great in its entirety, with its surroundings. Other times the macro has bigger impact. Shooting up close puts things in a different perspective and can be quite interesting as we don’t usually put our faces up so close!

    Comment by Lori | August 9, 2007 | Reply

  16. For me it is not so much how much is shown but how it is shown. Some pics are better with less and others with more. It is just so hard to decipher sometimes. This is a real beauty showing us up close texture that is a pleasure to view in such detail. It allows me to experience this flower in a deeper sense than I normally would and for that I am most appreciative. It is amazing how you find so many ways to express your creative vision of a subject!

    Comment by paintingartist | August 9, 2007 | Reply

  17. Your labeling of this post isn’t too far off from an entirely other controversial aspect of nature photography in how we always tend to want to portray ‘perfect specimens.’ Personally I definitely have a preference towards the abstracts (whether cultivated or wild) unless I can really capture the flowers in some type of harmonious setting. I am really less interested in creating id-type images than I am trying to express what interested me most to this particular flower in the first place.

    Comment by Mark | August 9, 2007 | Reply

  18. I am going to try taking some pictures of flowers after seeing this. I have a 50mm lens. Will that do?

    Comment by davidlind | August 10, 2007 | Reply

  19. I have actually never attempted a flower shot with a 50 mm David, but I will tell you how I got my first shots and it still works today. I purchased an old Tamaron 70-300 5.6 lens and a set of extension tubes spent less than $200 for all of it and got wonderful close-up images like this. Hope that helps.

    Comment by Bernie Kasper | August 10, 2007 | Reply

  20. i feel like i can reach out and touch the fuzzy flower. excellent!

    smiles,
    tina =). @ http://www.PhlogThat.com

    Comment by phlogthat | August 11, 2007 | Reply

  21. THaT D0NT L00K LiKE P0RN T0 Me

    Comment by Pimp | October 26, 2007 | Reply

  22. Seriously beautiful in deed

    Comment by roentarre | July 20, 2009 | Reply

  23. Cool …. a very close up photo of the flower ! Interesting perspective since not many would go up that close inside !!

    JH
    http://www.photojournalist-tgh.tv

    Comment by JH | July 21, 2009 | Reply

  24. I love both. It’s nice to see the whole flower, but I love these intimate close-ups too. 🙂

    Comment by Bo Mackison | August 17, 2009 | Reply

  25. What operation are you recommending? ,

    Comment by Wolf61 | October 22, 2009 | Reply


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