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  1. #3951
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    I took a couple of trips to our botanical garden orchid show. I am not having much success getting shots I like. I just do not feel I have found a style or approach to orchids that works for me. I did like the color of these with the contrasting yellow centers. I merged two shots of them to get both the flowers in focus.
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  2. #3952
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    kgosden - amazing looking flowers - beautiful colour!!!

    Here's a snap of our Magnolia in our front garden - just come out into bloom.
    (Usual favoured easy combi for this is the D90/ Tamron 28-200)
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    Geoff Chandler. UK/England/Surrey
    NIKON D90 / D80. Nikon 16 - 85 VR, Tamron 28-200,
    Sigma 70-300APO, Tokina 100 AT-X Pro D.
    SB600 flash. Panasonic DMC-TZ25

    http://geof777.multiply.com

  3. #3953
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    Geoff,

    I love tulip magnolias, but the blooms do not last long. Atlanta had such a warm and early Spring that ours have nearly dropped their last petals. Even our cherry trees are finishing up. I am going to try to get to Washington DC this Sunday since I have business in the area Monday. Peak bloom around the tidal basin was predicted for this Friday. I just hope that the weather holds out for Sunday afternoon. I really was not thinking of cherry blossoms in the rain...

  4. #3954
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    Be sure to post any pics you get then - will look out for them
    Geoff Chandler. UK/England/Surrey
    NIKON D90 / D80. Nikon 16 - 85 VR, Tamron 28-200,
    Sigma 70-300APO, Tokina 100 AT-X Pro D.
    SB600 flash. Panasonic DMC-TZ25

    http://geof777.multiply.com

  5. #3955
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    Well, you cannot easily time weather and flower blooms at a distance. If only I could have had a reason to be in the DC area Thursday of last week, before the rain came for 24 hours. Most of the cherry blossoms were at my feet or in the water. The sun finally came out after I walked around the entire Tidal Basin. There were still a few trees on the Mall side with okay flowers, but not easy to frame a good shot with the crowds.
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  6. #3956
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    Blossom looks lovely - how ever did you capture that huge mass of it in the first
    photo??
    Geoff Chandler. UK/England/Surrey
    NIKON D90 / D80. Nikon 16 - 85 VR, Tamron 28-200,
    Sigma 70-300APO, Tokina 100 AT-X Pro D.
    SB600 flash. Panasonic DMC-TZ25

    http://geof777.multiply.com

  7. #3957
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    Geoff,

    The first photo is where the tide in the Tidal Basin was pushing the floaters against the retaining wall. So they were floating right about a foot below the path.

  8. #3958
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    Would make a good wallpaper for the computer I guess
    Amazing mass of flower petals...
    I like the other image with the tree alonmg the left hand side
    of the image.
    Geoff Chandler. UK/England/Surrey
    NIKON D90 / D80. Nikon 16 - 85 VR, Tamron 28-200,
    Sigma 70-300APO, Tokina 100 AT-X Pro D.
    SB600 flash. Panasonic DMC-TZ25

    http://geof777.multiply.com

  9. #3959
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    Returning to our Magnolia - within a week the wind has done it's worst!
    Very quickly those petals come off!
    Here's all that remains (1st pic)
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    Geoff Chandler. UK/England/Surrey
    NIKON D90 / D80. Nikon 16 - 85 VR, Tamron 28-200,
    Sigma 70-300APO, Tokina 100 AT-X Pro D.
    SB600 flash. Panasonic DMC-TZ25

    http://geof777.multiply.com

  10. #3960
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    Here's a general view of the carnage - but somehow it is still
    beautiful!!
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    Geoff Chandler. UK/England/Surrey
    NIKON D90 / D80. Nikon 16 - 85 VR, Tamron 28-200,
    Sigma 70-300APO, Tokina 100 AT-X Pro D.
    SB600 flash. Panasonic DMC-TZ25

    http://geof777.multiply.com

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