Photo Friday: “Slowly”

PhotoFriday-Slowly


I spotted this little guy at the back door of our building following the morning’s rain when I came home from grocery shopping. Figuring he wouldn’t get too far, I went upstairs to put my groceries away and came downstairs less than 10 minutes later with my camera all set to photograph him. He was gone! Found him again next to the parking lot and while that isn’t miles away, for a snail he was truckin’!

(To Photo Friday visitors: yes, I know I’m a week late!)

EXIF:
Camera: Olympus SP560UZ
Exposure: 1/13 sec
Aperture: f/4.30
Focal Length: 29.40 mm
ISO Speed: 125
Exposure Bias: 0 EV
Flash: Off, Did not fire
License: This image licensed under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 3.0 Unported License.
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Night Blooming WTF?

Night

The place where I work has this unusual flowering plant, where a few solitary flower stems grow at the edge of the plant leaves and the buds themselves develop over about week’s time. Then, all at once and for one night only, they blossom, magnificently so.

Night Bloomer

I have no idea what this flower is. The central part of the flower is probably about 20 centimeters across. Just amazing to see. If you have an idea what this flower is, please share!

Photographically speaking, I was seriously concerned about overexposing this shot (and the 25 others I took), but I knew there was no way I could photograph these flowers in total darkness, especially handheld. I lowered the intensity of the internal flash to -2, the lowest setting, and set the ISO to 100ASA. After downloading them to my computer it turned out, thankfully, that the shots were underexposed and needed some PSE Level help to pull them up from the dark.  With only a single night to shoot, I was glad.

EXIF:
Camera: Olympus SP560UZ
Exposure: 0.033 sec (1/30)
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 4.7 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Exposure Bias: 0 EV
Flash: On, Fired
License: This image licensed under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 3.0 Unported License.
cc -Some rights

Update: Thanks to the wonders of Related Links, I found this site, and now know that this is a Night Blooming Cereus (OK-2 out of 3 isn’t too bad. :) )

More photos? Of course!

Night
Night

Blooming
Blooming

Cereus
Cereus

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