23 | September
"Pink Petals"
General: 6:08 PM on 7/6/09 | Canon 5D Mark II
Technical: 1/320sec | f/2.8 | 100mm | ISO-100
Lens: EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
Exposure Mode: Manual
Exposure Bias: +0
Flash: No

The flowers in Alaska grow huge in the summertime because of the almost continuous amount of light they receive. In the summertime, the "golden hour" is more like the golden 2 or 3 hours, and goes from about 9pm to midnight (and from about 4 am to 7am). Even during the day, the sun still never gets very high in the sky. The point I'm trying to make is that if you want some of the best lighting *in the world*, it can be found in Alaska in the summertime. (Go there a different time and you might have trouble finding light at all.)

This was taken on the front porch of my aunts B&B. I'm still processing my Alaska photos (slowly but surely). Hopefully soon I will have some ready to post. I'm finding myself becoming increasingly picky about the photos I post, and I am trying to choosing quality over quantity.

A note about image size (please respond!).

I have started posting my landscape-oriented photos as 900px wide images instead of 800px wide. Here are two for comparison: 800px and 900px. Larger images provide more detail, and can look better on larger monitors. They can also make it much harder to view the image as the photographer intended if you're using a smaller screen resolution. Ideally, I would automatically display larger images for larger screen resolutions (as I do on my wallpaper page), but that's a lot more coding and posting work.

If you feel so inclined, please let me know which size you prefer in the comments. "Gimme more pixels!" or "Let me see the big picture!"

categories: abstract alaska flora macro nature

Thoughts of: Dennis
September 23rd, 2009 at 11:47 AM

Wonderful soft shot, Ryan. I love it!

As for the image size: I myself post landscapes 1100 wide with an automatic screen size detection. The next smaller size is 900. So far I had no complaints (although these days almost nobody comments on my site anyway).

For verticals I use 950 as the max height and the smaller size is 700. I figure that people with an interest in photography usually have a larger screen and 22" TFTs are very common these days.

Thoughts of: Andrey Samolinov
April 1st, 2010 at 7:48 AM

Nice shot

Good job

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