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Dandelion Before Dawn
Dandelion Before Dawn

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Challenge: Mundane II (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Helios 40-1 85mm f/1.5
Location: Studio
Date: Jun 6, 2012
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Abstract, Macro
Date Uploaded: Jun 6, 2012

Shot with the godlike Helios, not anyone's first standard choice of macro lens but life is full of surprises like that. 36+20+12mm = 68mm of extension tubes to let it focus closer. In fact this lens performs surprisingly well as a macro piece of glass; it has no internal focusing, the focusing mechanism moving the entire assembly away from the film plane, so it suffers relatively little from aberrations and distortions as it gets closer to its subject.

Intention was to evoke fireworks exploding. The subject is a dandelion, picked early before dawn, and kept in the dark to photograph so it wouldn't unfurl its parachutes too soon.

In retrospect it would have been good to take a timelapse of the unfurling process, as it happened a lot faster than i expected... maybe next time

Place: 25 out of 134
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Votes: 109
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/19/2012 11:16:45 PM
such a flare - lovely colors!
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06/13/2012 10:20:01 AM
this really jumps out 3d, excellent 8
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