Vivid Flower

Vivid Flower

Recently, I was going through some of my old photos and ran back across this one. I rather liked it, so I decided to toss it up here on my site. That I actually like this photo is a bit of an oddity as I do not usually care all that much for reds or other bright, vivid colors like this. Still, the extreme closeup1, the lines (veins?) on the petals and the pink bits so bright they’re almost silver running across the top of the folds in the petals just really work for me. *shrug* Go figure.

Oh and as long as I’m talking about photos today; I should mention my experience with a Kodak Picture Machine. These are those stations you see in grocery stores and Wal-Marts to make enlargements or whatever from either prints you already have or directly from the digital media that your camera uses. There are a couple of things to keep in mind about these things.

  1. It’s basically an underpowered PC with a fancy interface stuck ontop. So expect it to be slow.2
  2. Enlargments, to 8×10, made from standard prints will look grainy and the colors will be a bit off.
  3. When planning to use the machine, make sure you leave yourself plenty of extra time in case somebody else is using it already. I stood behind another customer for probably 20 minutes or so before I could get up to the machine to use it myself. Oh, how I wish I’d had my iPod on me during that wait!

1 It’s a pretty extreme closeup for my digital camera, though others do have a better macro mode and could get in closer.
2 To be fair, it’s probably not that slow but having to stand there while it does its thing makes it seem extremely slow.

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