Cuckoo Spit

20th May 2010
The day started very grey and so while I was out this morning I decided to photograph some flowers using the method I introduced a few days ago. The picture shows some “Lady,s Smock” or “cuckoo Spit” which seems to be very plentiful at the moment. Remember now that this photograph is made in the “wild”, the flower has not been picked, by putting a small sheet of Perspex behind the flower I am able to isolate it from the background.




This evening I had a one to one lesson with Aiden. We had a really good session, we started just doing some theory and then visited a waterfall about 5 minutes drive from the gallery where we put the theory into practice before going back to the Gallery where Aiden processed his picture and printed it in Black and White.
I took a few pictures while out, still experimenting with the borrowed lens, this was taken at f4.5, I like the differential focus.


Comments

Photo comment By Omnishots: What's a differential focus? And did you use the perspex to the back and to the side as well with the cuckoo spit? I grew up knowing that cuckoo spit was the bubbles made by greenfly so was rather surprised to see the Lady's Smock all alone and with no appendages!
Photo comment By Eamonn: Thanks Monica. as usual Monica you are right!, well almost right, and as usual I am almost right also!! Ladys smock is also known as the cuckoo flower. (NOT SPIT) . However cuckoo Spit has nothing to do with greenfly, but is infact caused by a froghopper insect!! thanks again.
Photo comment By Ann-Marie: Ladys smock - cuckoo spit : whatever, its really nice and looks like a studio shot - must try this. Eamonn will need your help !

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