Friday, August 24, 2012

Set the controls for the heart of the sun

I still cannot believe this one. Flower macros do not feature in my portfolio a lot - in fact, it is only this year that I am embarking on them a bit more seriously. This extreme close-up of a sunflower had been on my list of shots I might upload to Flickr for a while - I was really not sure it was good enough. In the end, I gave it the benefit of the doubt, mainly because liked the title (which of course refers to a Pink Floyd song). After an hour I changed my mind, and was going to delete it from Flickr. Only the fact that it already had a comment stopped me from doing so. Then things got out of control: fave upon fave followed, and it became the 54th shot of mine to reach Flickr Explore, the 500 most interesting shots of the day, eventually topping out at #80, the second-best performance of any of my photographs.... Weird.

Camera: Canon IXUS 115 HS, 12 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.002 sec (1/500)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0