Gerbera Update!


They have been in bloom for weeks now, but holy shit it is hard to take a good photo of them!

Only three have bloomed – one is still thinking about it, and two died. Dammit. I won’t leave them outside ever again!

The youngest, and smallest, of the brood. 

The second one to open. Gorgeous!

This is my favourite. I want so much for you to see how the underside of the petals are a different colour. Can you? It’s impossible, I think, to capture what we see.

Sometimes a picture isn’t enough -these flowers have made me realise that not everything can be expressed or shared to the full extent of reality.

Grow these – buy these – whatever you need to do, but please try to get this flower into your life. Mine are hidden away (from cats) on the windowsill of our toilet! Have to say every time we visit the room, we both talk about the daisies.

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  1. Well, you may have had a tough time, but these shots are gorgeous! My son’s bride had these flowers for all her bouquets for their wedding and WOW what colour!

    • I have these in the bathroom – one of two rooms the cats aren’t allowed in unsupervised. Also gets great morning sunshine. I’d say you could have them outside, most of the year. It’s just been rubbish here this “summer.”

  2. Oh my word! They are gorgeous for sure. Love those colours and you’ve really captured them so well. Bright yellow and red are always tricky to photograph. They are all my favourites though. What I do love in the first shot also is the one in the top right corner where you captured just part of the one daisy’s petals and it looks like it’s ‘showering’ the one below it with a shimmer of light. So beautiful! πŸ˜€

    • You are too generous! They are so out of focus. Camera just like one square centimetre and blurred the rest. So disappointing! And the colours aren’t true to life. Close, but nothing like reality!
      Now I have to go see what you mean about the first pic πŸ™‚

      • It depens on what you mean with focus. I don’t focus on what’s wrong, unless it’s my own photos. πŸ˜†

        Sometimes that does suck when you photograph something and the colours doesn’t look right. I know how you feel, but there’s really nothing wrong with these beauties. πŸ˜€

        • Thank you! Maybe I need to learn where to place the focus so the blur is to the best effect?
          By the way, I very much did this post for you as you wanted to see them in bloom!
          The number four plant is way behind the other three, but it looks like it might be another pink-y colour.

          • What camera are you using? It all depends on what mode you are using when you take the photos. In macro/close-up mode it’s best to focus on the subject you want in focus. The rest will be blurred or as they call it ‘depth of field (DOF)’. Best is to play around with the settings on your camera. Take a photo using one setting and take the same shot using another setting and see which one looks the best to you.

            Also remember that light plays a big role when you take photos, like a sunny day vs an overcast day, and also the angle you take the photo from. Take them from different angles and you will also see the difference. Always remember, the closer your camera lens is to the subject, the more shallow the depth of field will be (blurry background). On the other hand, moving further away from the subject, will tend to create deeper depth of field in a picture and you’ll get a full picture of the subjects you want to photograph, instead of just one standing out. πŸ˜€

            I love the pink-y colour. It looks so yummy! πŸ˜†

            • Cam is a Nikon D-3100. Hubby failed to figure it out, even tho he is an old-school-film boy, and got himself a Fuji X100.
              I see what I see, and that is what I expect – hence me loving my stupid iPhone Hipstamatic app for black and white shots. I also like to take pictures when it will never ever happen again the same way, so testing settings is nearly impossible!

            • What a lucky fish you are! I wouldn’t mind having a Nikon like that for sure and don’t even talk about the Fuji X100. Wish I could afford that one! πŸ˜€

              I wouldn’t even know how an iPhone works. I don’t like phones at all and my little Nokia do take great pics, but I don’t like to take photos with it. I do prefer a camera.

              Well, with the flowers you can really play around with the settings and see what happens. It can be quite fun. πŸ˜€

            • About light – these flowers GLOW when it is dark outside. I might try bringing them outside and setting them on the grass for a try. Very little direct light this time of year for us. Part of the issue here might have been the artificial light – no flash (hate flash)

            • That’s so awesome! That must be quite a sight to see. πŸ˜€

              You might and your weather there sounds like the kind of weather I like. I don’t use flash either. Hate it as well. πŸ˜€

          • Also, thanks for thinking of me when you did this post. I do love your flowers and to see them. You really do capture their beauty so well. πŸ˜€

            • Thank you! Somehow I didn’t get your last two comments! WP is giving me issues, sadly.
              Hubby is an EXCELLENT shopper – he’s been wanting the X100 for ages and knows someone who helped him get a refurbished one at a very good price! Not sure what the story is with the Nikon, but I know he didn’t pay sticker price.
              Most of the pictures I put up are from the iPhone! I am about two or three models behind, too. As they say, the best camera is the one you have with you!

            • No problem. I guess Matt is at it again. He’s always making problems for WP. πŸ˜†

              Same this side and I wish I can get a refurbished one, but sadly everything is way over-priced here in SA. The X100 is an excellent camera! πŸ˜€

              Nothing wrong with iPhone shots. I think they are excellent and you’re right, the best camera is the one you have with you. Also my motto. It’s a struggle though when your camera is getting old and doesn’t want to do what you want it to do. πŸ˜†

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