Month: May 2008

Fern with Stitching

Fern with Stitching

Pasadena, California. The Huntington Garden. This fern has an interesting embossment on it that reminds me of the stitching on a pair of jeans. I wonder what purpose the embossment serves on the leaf structurally. Could it be like the "creases" in the sheet metal of car bodies, put in to give those large expanses of metal more strength? Or maybe it has to do with guiding water down the leaf to the roots. Could it be that these bumps are caused by insects who, in some symbiotic way help the plant? I also wonder where the embossment came from in the evolution of this plant, and where it is going. After all, a photograph of a plant is a snapshot in evolutionary time: a single frame in a long life history linked to many others, or should we say "stitched" to many others.

Depth of field resources

In the photography world there is much discussion about how to control depth of field through the focal length of the lens, aperture control, the distance from lens to subject and the distance from subject to background. Here are some web sites that discuss and offer resources for understanding and better using depth of field to compose photographs.

Bob Atkins Photography DOF calculator
Depth of field calculators for Photographers
Cambridge in color: depth of field tutorial
Online Depth of field Calculator
Photo Composition Articles: Depth of field calculator
DP Review: Depth of Field
Depth of field Calculator

A Superhighway to Bliss

A Superhighway to Bliss

The New York Times has an excellent piece on Jill Bolte Taylor who I posted about in March with the the TED video.

In February, Dr. Taylor spoke at the Technology, Entertainment, Design conference (known as TED), the annual forum for presenting innovative scientific ideas. The result was electric. After her 18-minute address was posted as a video on TED’s Web site, she become a mini-celebrity. More than two million viewers have watched her talk, and about 20,000 more a day continue to do so. An interview with her was also posted on Oprah Winfrey’s Web site, and she was chosen as one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world for 2008.

If you’ve not seen the TED video of that address: TED | Talks: Jill Bolte Taylor: My stroke of insight I urge you to watch it.

[via Stormie]

Naked oriental poppies

Naked oriental poppy

Pasadena, California. The Huntington Gardens. Out of all of the places to photograph at this photographer’s paradise, two places should not be missed: the herb garden where this was taken and the desert garden with all the cacti and succulents.

While most of the tourists are off photographing roses you can have both of of these gardens to yourself. Anyone who lives within driving distance should not miss this place.

Two naked oriental poppies

Nice to get two of these babies in one image.

If I ever get to Afghanistan, you know I’m going to be photographing opium poppies, I just love these totemic forms.