Peonies on Parade

Peonies?  Yes, we have them.  Let me show you three of them. These are an interesting study in lighting.  If you get past the color differences, you can see different types of lighting illustrated.  In the first (pink), the subject is in shade and the light is flat, non-directional.  Contrast is fairly low and details are more clearly seen.


In the second (purple), direct sunlight is coming from behind the flower and slightly to the left.  I did a tiny bit of touch-up with a graphics program.


The final (white) subject was the most difficult.  The sun illuminates a little over half of this beauty.  Also it is white, which means the highest contrast.  It took a bit more touch-up to satisfy me with this image.160605d

I should have waited for an overcast day, but I didn’t.  Sometimes it’s enough to just enjoy the beauty of creation.

Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. Matthew 6:29
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About Chuck

I am retired after a career in electronics and in publishing. Today, my wife of 50+ years, Sylvia, and I live in a house on a hill beside a dirt road in rural west Michigan. We enjoy living in this country environment where livestock and wild life out number the human population.

6 thoughts on “Peonies on Parade

  1. Oh, those are lovely! Their scent is heavenly…but you gotta be quick to grab them and enjoy them. I just wait for my neighbor’s to bloom and I’m over there with the clippers. I have them in the kitchen, the family room and my desk at work….for a couple of days…then…sadly…they are gone too soon.

  2. Such showy blossoms! They are one of my favorites, though I have never grown them.

  3. You wait a day and they be gone. Ours are all at the stage that if’n I don’t cut off the blossom stalks the neighbors are gonna ride me out of town. Oh, as to yours, they are gorgeous.

    • Sic transit gloria. Fortunately, my neighbors don’t care if I leave the blossom stalks uncut after the bloom has gone.

      I was very pleased to read that you are doing well after your surgery.

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