I always called these flowers glads. I looked up the spelling and discovered that the proper name for glads is gladiolus, a diminutive from the Latin gladius which means sword. Gladiator comes from the same Latin root. I love learning new things.
The mood of this shot of the unfolding blooms is much different — the promise of what’s to come. I think of velvet when I look at this photo. Maybe because of the dark background?
I love to play so I created another version of the unfolding blooms reminiscent of a pencil or ink sketch.
I shot an entire roll of Fuji Astia slide film (great film) on Friday afternoon. Big red hibiscus (and buds), hostas (I think I caught a large bee in one or two shots) and butterflies. The film goes into the mail this week to a lab thousands of miles away so I won’t see the results until early September.
I have to chuckle when one of my granddaughters wants to see the picture I just took. I have to explain that I use film and she’ll have to wait until the film is processed.
I use my Nikon F3 for all my macro work. I loaded it with a roll of high resolution B&W film Sunday morning. I want to play with monochrome macro (and landscape) photography while I wait for my color slides. I do all my own black and white processing so the wait is minimal. Took the camera with me on my bike ride Sunday morning. I used my 24mm lens with a yellow filter and took three photos. Fingers crossed.
Like a dummy, I never recorded the B&W scanning workflow I perfected a few years ago. After two rolls, I figured it out again. This time I wrote it down. Can’t wait to share but I must shoot the pics first. Three down and 33 to go on the roll. Stay tuned. Meanwhile enjoy the color of the glads.