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    A closer look at a cluster of flowers at midnight:

    An attempt at a really close look, with flash:

    Too bright to see any details.

    Another attempt, but without flash: (Using "Handheld Night shot", which take multi-shots and combine it into one picture)

    Better, but not sharp, due to the flower moving in the breeze.

    Zooming in on another flower:

    Same result. It obviously take someone with more photographic skills (or with PS skills?) to get a good "image" here.


      0040 hrs.: That is just about fully open:

      The smell was now spreading with the wind.


        0130 hrs.: That's it. From here it is all down hill:


          The morning after the night before:

          It is over for this time. There are a few young buds, but whether they will bloom, or failed to develop with the rest is left to be seen.
          Now off to buy Toto for tonight.


            What a glorious display. That one at #661.1 shows a beautiful closer look at just a few of the blossoms, don't worry about the others. What a pity there has to be a morning after the night before, with that bonus of scent in the house it would be lovely if they hung about a bit longer. But many thanks for your dedication to the QN Junior's show of the year!
            Good luck with the Toto!

            "To thine own self be true.......
            Thou canst not then be false to any man."


              This impressive Orchid was found blooming in the grounds around Singapore National Museum:

              I did not measure, but the blooms are LARGE


                The QN Jr. obliged again last night. This time with 12 blooms simultaneously.

                Here at midnight by the clock:

                Only partly open.


                  An attempt at a closeup picture with flash:

                  ​Fully open at true time midnight, (0100 hrs. by the clock) w/o flash:


                    This morning:


                      Today's crop from the veranda:


                      • yvneac
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                        Red chilli?

                      • ombugge
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                        Yes, Chilli Padi and Mexican habaneros.

                      When we take pictures of a close-up motif in nature, we often get a messy and blury background.
                      I wanted to try and get around that problem by being creative with my camera. The setting needed are often ISO100, f/22, 1/250 on the shutter and a macro blits.
                      Don't quite remember my exif for the picture, but I tried ISO100, and I belive I remember the apperture was around f/8, and since I only had my camera blits, shutter was around 1/60.
                      Still, as it was my first ever picture with an intentional blacked out background, I was rather satisfied. It shows a birch autumn leaf.

                      "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"


                        Remember this one from Singapore?:

                        There is one of the same kind at the grounds of Sunnmore Museum:


                          Do you also remember the "scary plant" from Singapore?
                          Here is a "scary plant" in Aalesund:


                            Nature has reclaimed a road divider in Aalesund:

                            Only moss and weeds, but quite decorative.


                              After over 23 years of living in Frei, a part of Kristiansund since 2008, I finally found a creek and a part of the Frei river I've had in the back of my mind for a while.
                              Thought I'd try a longer shutter speed than I usually operate in, so I sat my Pentax K-5 II with an ISO of 100, mounted a ND8 filter, used an aperture of f/22 to f/32 and a shutter from 6 to 20 seconds. Ofcourse I used a tri-pod, mirror-up and a remote control. All shot through a Pentax 18-135 mm lense.

                              A fireplace in the camp near by
                              SSL21914 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

                              Beautiful waterfall, don't you think?
                              SSL21915 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

                              I went a few steps closer, and put my tri-pod in the creek
                              SSL21917 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

                              Newer been to this place. I'm sure I will go back..., in different light and maybe in another time of year
                              SSL21920 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

                              SSL21924 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

                              SSL21927 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

                              f/3.5 and 1/40 second just to show the area
                              SSL21930 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

                              An excellent photographers vehicle this one ;-)
                              SSL21933 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr
                              "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"