I got out several times today to take pictures. The first stint was during my lunch break. I headed over to see the "Trash People" exhibit in the courtyard of the National Geographic complex. These were a series of human figures made with trash. I knew too that I wanted to see if I could find some nice tulips to photograph as there were a bunch on M St. that were opening. I found a few yellow ones and I snapped some photos. But it wasn't until I was headed back to my office when I spotted the perfect tulip.
The perfect tulip was red--- it petals were perfectly vertical and made a wonderful star shape. The center was very symmetrical. I knelt beside the flower bed as people walked by on the sidewalk on their lunch break. I was oblivious to them all. I'll post of picture after I get some time to work on the RAW file.
In the evening, I got close and personal with some dandelions. I never knew they looked so intricate. And I did my husband a favor and pulled them up after I was done.
Finally, I caroused around a shopping center while my son was taking violin lessons. I played around with some purple flowers. Photographing purple seems to be very difficult. I haven't figured out why. I'm sure its a white balance issue... I ended up taking pictures too of the sunset clouds. I tried the trick suggested to me by my last photosafari teachecinr -- using a circular polarizer. That and a cloudy setting let me capture some pretty nice colors, even though I had powerlines crossing my screen. I figure the practice will help me take better pictures when I have that ultimate vista. Its all about practicing...