Spring roses and other flowers in Clyde, New Zealand          

This lot, with the exception of the first, were all taken with the E-3 and manual Zuiko 50/3.5 macro.
All were hand-held. The first shot was taken with The E-1 and DZuiko 14~54.

It was frequently, but not always, overcast weather. Then for a while the sun showed itself.

What became quite clear during the adventure was

(a) the 50/3.5, focussed at f/3.5 and shot at f/8 or f/11 captured
colour quite well. I didn't feel the need to change much if at all.
(b) maintaining the exact distance between focussing and taking the shot, at these close
diatances is a pretty chancy affair. sometimes it worked, sometimes not.
(c) I felt I had to sharpen each image somewhere between 8 and 12 points in FastStone Image Viewer
which is what I used for all file operations. It's a great program. I shot in jpg.

All images are 1000 pixels on the long side.
Some of these images show the flowers larger than life, and some not so.
The set-up.

Rose 'Maigold'. Afyer heavy wind which battered most of the blooms, this one is not quite open yet

Rose 'Golden Chersonese'. This very young plant will grow like a columnar shrub. Nicely scented.

Rose 'Betty Boop' named in honour of a flamboyant designer of lively clothes for women. Like the rose.

A bud of the scented climbing rose 'Sutter's Gold'. I've never seen this in flower yet. Waiting is hard.

An iris flowering for us for the first time. Some blown highlights.

The bud of a similar iris. I was on my knees for this one .... The attitude seems to have paid off !

Rose 'Banksii lutea' in the full morning sun on the outside of our street fence. Not very sharp - if that matters.

Flower of rose 'Jacqueline du Pré' not fully opened after the rough weather. Not very sharp.

Scented rose "Zéphirine Drouhin' finally looking as though it will establish.

Rose 'Golden Showers'. Not open yet and not very sharp.

Bud of rose 'Royal Amethyst', a scented purplish rose.

Flower of a young, small-flowered magnolia, bought on spec..

Flower of a so-called 'black tulip'.

One of the last of our rhododendrons. I usually find the red colour 'bleeds' all
over the place, but not this time..

A Dianthus flower, as far as I know. Treating us with its first bloom ( not all that sharp). It has wonderful scent.
The history of this plant is that last summer I was driving down a country road and noticed this very tidy
little plant in full bloom near the bottom of the roadside ditch. From the outside it looked as though it had
multiple layered branches which should have a good set of roots. So I took my spade and sliced off one
sizeable branch. To my dismay, it had no roots at all. Determined to not waste it, I took it home anyway
placed it at the edge of the vegetable garden (none too moist I must add, and plonked a hefty rock on most of it.
Then forgot about it for some months. To my astonishment, it had developed a good set of roots !!

Here is the Dianthus in the ditch. E-3 + DZ 14-54.

Dianthus overall situation where discovered..

Golden Chersonese captured with E-3 + DZ 14-54..

Rose 'Banskia lutea' captured with E-3 and DZ 14-54.