“Nothing is less real than realism. Details are confusing. It is only by selection, by elimination, by emphasis, that we get at the real meaning of things.”
― Georgia O’Keeffe

I’ve been wanting to make this image for a few weeks now, but the crocus did not cooperate, till now.

Just as temperature began to climb, heavy rain and wind set in, followed by yet another cooling. So, many of the blooming plants in my garden got delayed, once more.

The crocus has put up two blossoms so far, and this is the first. I decided to do a front on view, as it shows the wonderful structures so well. I have to admit that I am very pleased with this one. Of note, it took an extended exposure to show the structures of this dark purple bloom. Being freshly back from a Georgia O’Keeffe exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario, her words echo through my mind, once more. My photography, of late, has been focused on pulling away, or elimination of, distracting details. I’m trying to show the true essence of the flowers, as I see them. It’s a worthy philosophy for living too, I think.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
3.0 sec, f/36.0 ISO 100

High Resolution image on 500px

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12 Comments on ““Crocus”

  1. This image is just amazing. As are all your flower photos! I love what you do with the black background. It does make the flower stand out in details that I would never notice with a different background.

      • Do you have a particular place that you have it printed on aluminum? I have seen that done and like how it looks. I have not had my work printed, but I have some images that my husband would like for our home or his office.
        I can see why you would have this image as a focal point! 🙂

      • I have a speciality shop in Toronto that does it for me. I bring the images in on a memory stick and they work with me on the best print solution. I’m very happy with their service and quality.

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