Flowers (Photos of the Week – June 20)

Welcome to my first ever Photos of the Week post!

The focus for this week is one of the favorite subjects for many photographers (myself included), flowers.

All of these photos were taken within the past week to ten days with my trusty old Pentax *ist DS.  Yes, its the same Pentax *ist DS that got soaked during the trip to Orlando a couple years ago.  It may have lost its ability to auto-focus but it still takes great photos, works with all my lenses and just keeps going.

So, on to the photos…


The first one, the yellow rose, was taken a couple weekends ago at the Whetstone Park of Roses annual Rose Festival.  That was actually the first time I had taken the Pentax out in over a year! I didn’t know what to expect but when I put some fresh batteries in and powered it up it still worked like a champ. Lack of auto-focus isn’t too big of a problem, especially for macro shots, so shooting flowers at the Rose Festival was a good way to ease back into the manual focus lifestyle.

A yellow rose shot at the Whetstone Park of Roses in Columbus, OH during the 2013 Rose Festival.

Yellow Rose, Whetstone Park of Roses. Pentax *ist DS (f 5.6, 1/1000 @ 200mm)

If you’re ever in Columbus, by the way, you should visit the Park of Roses, especially during spring and summer when the entire park is blooming.


I really like the next two shots of the handmade bridal bouquets, mainly because the bouquets are so amazing.

They were designed and made by the bride for herself and her wedding party and the bridal bouquet was really something beautiful.

A beautiful, handmade wedding bouquet for the bride. Some of the baubles and items were keepsakes from the bride and groom's childhoods.

Bauble Wedding Bouquet #1. Pentax *ist DS (f 6.3, 1/200 @ 140mm)

A beautiful, handmade wedding bouquet for the bride. Some of the baubles and items were keepsakes from the bride and groom's childhoods.

Bauble Wedding Bouquet #1. Pentax *ist DS (f 6.3, 1/250 @ 140mm)

All of the baubles and trinkets were hand placed and many of the objects belonged to the bride and groom when each was growing up.

There was a small photo locket of the bride when she was a little girl and there was even an old metal Sheriff’s badge that the groom had written his name on when he was a little boy. 🙂

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It was very cool, and quite heavy.  Lots of metal, after all.

For many more shots of the bouquet, the ceremony and the reception, check out their photographers page at Howard Photography & Design.


This last shot of the purple clematis was taken a little closer to home – on the back deck to be exact!

Some purple clematis flowers climbing the trellis on the deck right in our back yard.

Purple Clematis. Pentax *ist DS (f 1.7, 1/125 @ 28mm Macro)

I was continuing to put the Pentax through its paces since I hadn’t used it in so long and was trying out a 28mm lens with macro capability that I forgot I had.

The sharpness and purple color of the flowers really pops against the neutral trellis and foliage in the background and the bokeh is pretty smooth too.

My mother-in-law said this one would make a good puzzle.  I just might do that.


That’s it for this week but be sure to come back next Thursday to see what new photos I’ll be sharing.

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