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Explore #27, 4/28/08.

This was my reward for working in the front yard this morning -- our only rose had blossomed. I didn't even notice it until I was cleaning up. Two days ago this was just a bud and I didn't think it would amount to much, but I was wrong. Trouble was, there was bright sun covering parts of the bloom, but also patchy shade from our tangerine tree. What was I to do?

The fix was to use my Lastolite Mini TriFlip 8-in-1 Collapsible Reflector Kit. This is a great tool that provides diffusion, so you get soft, even light without making total shade. It opens like a car windshield screen, but it has a handle on it for one-hand operation and it is small and light enough that I can use it by myself and that I can carry it with me on my camera bag. I found that if you want to vary the light, you can rotate it to different angles with respect to the subject. It also works great to provide added diffusion for your off-camera flash. You'll want to hold the flash about a foot away from the diffuser and put the diffuser as close to the subject as you can, without being in the picture, to get the softest light.

The kit also has several covers that you can zip over the diffuser to make Silver, SoftSilver, Sunfire, Sunlite, Gold, White Reflective, and Black reflectors. These all fold up and fit inside the case, along with the diffuser (provided you're adept enough to twist it back into its collapsed shape).

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This guy came to the front door the other day, offering to paint our mailbox and house number on the curb. Normally, I cut these people off in mid-sentence and tell them I not interested. (Although I did spend a little extra time listening to the Jehovah's Witness, a couple of Saturdays ago, because she had the most gorgeous blue eyes.)

Anyway, the guy had such a good sales pitch, with his portfolio and everything, that I fell for it. Turned out really well, I think and it should look even better when the plumbago around it blooms. We used to have pink geraniums mixed in with the plumbago, that would have looked really good, but the plumbago and/or gophers ate them.

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From our kitchen window sill. This plant has just one lonely flower on it, but it's a nice flower and his friends from the neighboring plants like him. Some call him "Fuzzy".

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Backlit African Daisy. I tried putting this on black, other colors, with and without gradients, and everything seemed to make it look fake. Yeah, right. Like it doesn't already look fake. I ended up leaving it pretty much as it came out of the camera, except for some cropping, color correction, and some selective sharpening in the center of the flower. Background is one of our dining room chairs.

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Yesterday, my wife was picking the last of the plums, when this beautiful butterfly landed on our plum tree (appropriately colored butterfly for a plum tree, don't you think?). I managed to get out there with my camera before it moved on, but only got one shot. Fortunately, it only flew to the neighboring tangerine tree, but I was only able to get two shots there, as it flew away as soon as I repositioned my tripod to avoid the leaf blocking its left wing.

Notice the spider web (chic butterfly accessory) trailing across its left wing.

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