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Friday, February 26, 2010

Indian Plum (Oemleria cerasiformis)

While out at Saxe Point Park I started to tune in to some of the common local plants that are blossoming and leafing out for spring. Here's one I especially like because of the casual grace of its flower clusters and its brilliant fresh green leaves. Its common name is Indian Plum or Osoberry.

10 comments:

JoJo said...

You must have a fantastic lens to capture so much perfect detail!

Dean Lewis said...

Yes, love the narrow depth of field and the fuzzed-out background.
In the focus area you can actually see a spider's web in the blow-up.

Benjamin Madison said...

Hi Jojo, thanks for all your comments. Yes, I did use an excellent lens for these shots and yesterday's - it's the Tamron 90mm macro lens.

Benjamin Madison said...

Hi Dean, Yes, I'm a little bit hooked on fuzzed out backgrounds right now - different lenses produce different degrees of fuzziness/distortion and this Tamron is one of the nicest I have for this. Often now I am more interested in the background (the bokeh) than in the ostensible subject of the photo.

Dean Lewis said...

I'm not likely telling you anything you didn't already know, .. but the area of focus, the depth of focus is less, the longer the focal length, and also less with the closer the subject to the lens. As well, the depth increases with the smallness of the aperture. A wide open aperture has the lowest depth of field.
A higher shutter speed priority will produce a more open lens.
You can slap me next time you see me.

Irina said...

Oh so beautiful. And the bits of spiders' web complete the picture.

PurestGreen said...

Many compliments on your beautiful blog. The photos are just stunning. These make me yearn for spring. Come on, buds!

Maggie said...

Thanks so much for the name of the plant. I have let one of these grow in my garden because I liked how it looked too.

Thanks for the 'fuzzy background' information too. Can I shake Dean's hand, if ever I see him? :-) Love that bokeh too.

Benjamin Madison said...

Thanks Irina and PurestGreen for your kind remarks and thanks Dean for your succinct depth of field summary. Maggie, you can shake Dean's hand if you want - he's one of Victoria's long serving Causeway Artists and can be found doing his inimitable caricatures on the Inner Harbour Causeway during the summer months.

Jabba said...

Next time you see Indian Plum take a leaf and rip it in half - it smells like fresh peas. Great shot!