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Wicked Dark
04-04-2010, 07:33 PM
Found these as yet mysterious plants in a small brook off trail amongst some skunk cabbages. Just liked the way the light hit them in the afternoon -



Anyone know what they are? I'll probably be back there to photograph the cabbages when they bloom, so if these have flowers too, I should be able to identify them.

Mad Aussie
04-04-2010, 07:43 PM
Nice,crisp shots WD.

Wicked Dark
04-04-2010, 07:49 PM
thanks MA, it's hard to get sunlight in the forest to come out well. I pitch more than I show, but I'm getting there. I will have to check the EXIF, but these might be on manual focus. I find I'm using it more and more because it gives me precision over and above AF.

Mad Aussie
04-04-2010, 07:53 PM
I throw plenty away too :) Sometimes they are fine but if I have others that just as good there's no point keeping them all. But often they just aren't up to the quality I want.

Wicked Dark
04-04-2010, 07:57 PM
I'm happy with 5 out of 100, but sometimes I get more. So picky these days, but that's how we develop our craft.

Mad Aussie
04-04-2010, 08:04 PM
If I'm shooting with auto bracketing I can easily be tossing 95 out of 100 away as well.

If get more specific ... maybe after a particular look ... my keeper rate lifts thankfully. I might only throw away 1 in 10 on a good day ... I'd say around half is more usual though. Can't say I've really taken close notice so I'm guessing here.

Dappled light can be difficult though as you say! I find either zooming right in or zooming right back to be more successful in this case.

04-04-2010, 08:54 PM
lovely WD. You will have to go back to find out what they are!

04-04-2010, 10:24 PM
New leaves make the best "stained glass" effect. I'm enjoying the color.

04-04-2010, 11:14 PM
That's a beautiful green.

04-05-2010, 07:43 AM
Love that first shot especially WD, very well done. I'm a little stumped on the species, but have a few ideas. Will look them up and try to find out for ya'.

Wicked Dark
04-05-2010, 07:51 AM
Thanks everyone. The more I look at that 1st shot, the more I like it, too. I had a great time shifting around in the squishy moss trying on compositions and hoping the sun wouldn't get behind a giant tree to shade my subjects. Luckily it didn't. Even found an old milk crate nearby to sit on.

04-05-2010, 08:01 AM
Well, didn't take too long, was right in my guessing. The plant is a "False Hellebore" atype of lily.
WARNING- DO NOT TOUCH as they are highly toxic-Can even be deadly.

Wicked Dark
04-05-2010, 08:04 AM
hey thanks HBG...I thought they looked vaguely-lily-like, but wasn't certain. Thanks for the warning, too, I didn't touch them at all yesterday and definitely won't now. Am going to grab my flora books to see when they'll bloom. I hope it coincides with the skunk cabbages...that would be sweet.

04-05-2010, 09:00 AM
as long as you don't eat them you should be okay :)