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Cactus Flowers 1

Uploaded by: Lauren517

Friday April 19, 2013

Sahuarita, AZ (Current Weather Conditions)

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Manufacturer: NIKON CORPORATION

Model: NIKON D5100

Orientation: top - left

x-Resolution: 72.00

y-Resolution: 72.00

Resolution Unit: Inch

Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 9.0 Windows

Compression: JPEG compression

Exposure Time: 1/4000 sec.

FNumber: f/5.0

Exposure Program: Aperture priority

ISO Speed Ratings: 400

Exif Version: Exif Version 2.21

Shutter speed: 11.97 EV (APEX: 63, 1/3999 sec.)

Aperture: 4.64 EV (f/5.0)

Exposure Bias: -1.67 EV

MaxApertureValue: 4.70 EV (f/5.1)

Subject Distance: 1.3 m

Metering Mode: Center-Weighted Average

Light Source: 0

Flash: Flash did not fire.

Focal Length: 145.0 mm

SubsecTime: 10

SubSecTimeOriginal: 10

SubSecTimeDigitized: 10

Color Space: sRGB

PixelXDimension: 4000

PixelYDimension: 2649

Sensing Method: One-chip color area sensor

File Source: DSC

Scene Type: 1

CFA Pattern: 8 bytes undefined data

Custom Rendered: Normal process

Exposure Mode: Auto exposure

White Balance: Auto white balance

Digital Zoom Ratio: 1.00

Focal Length In 35mm Film: 217

Scene Capture Type: Standard

Gain Control: Low gain up

Contrast: Normal

Saturation: Normal

Sharpness: Normal

Subject Distance Range: Unknown

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4. Lauren517
2:13 AM GMT on April 21, 2013
Thank you, my friends! I have not a clue what kind of cactus this is - honest! One of those short little stubby guys but bigger than a hedgehog! Prickly pear are just starting to come out and are rounder and curl in like a ball mostly I think......... we have LOTS of prickly pear out behind us. The next few days will be booming with the flowers I think.

BTW - I do not do macro -- very, very infrequently. Crank up the tele on the tripod - gives me the depth of field I sometimes want.

As a sidenote - I found the hugest saguaro I have ever seen. Out west of me here in the desert; at least 16 very curving arms. And THREE crests. Email me if you would like me to send you my Picasa album / slideshow of it.

Thanks again.
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3. phantom72
12:20 AM GMT on April 21, 2013
What a beauty!
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2. TucsonDoug
12:19 AM GMT on April 21, 2013
Thought this might be yours. Vivid color. Awesome macro. A magnificent bloom. Thanks for sharing.
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1. swreader
11:15 PM GMT on April 20, 2013
Beautiful close-up of this flower! What type of cactus was it on? The 3rd picture looks like a pad like a prickly pear, but I know that's not it and I can't remember having seen this before. This should get you another AP!
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Lauren517

I took early retirement (age 55) from a corporate sales / marketing career in 1995. My wife (now 51 years of marital bliss!), Barbara, and I then built our dream home in Estes Park, CO only to realize we could not live at 8,000' as a base elevation (though we hiked regularly at 10-12,000' and up to 14,000'). So in the spring of 2003 we sold it and built a home at Quail Creek at 3000' in Sahuarita, AZ - just south of Tucson; near the Santa Rita Mountains. Due to a hiking fall in 2008, and subsequent re-constructive shoulder surgery, the "no more golf" mandate brought me back to my photography. God works in mysterious ways!I use PhotoShop minimally; enhance but not create as I say. Want people to see what I saw as I pretty much saw it. I have been blessed to have been asked to do one person gallery exhibits and am frequently published in magazines and newspapers.Although I sell my images, the real reward is the joy I am told I bring to others with my efforts. My motto is, "Shoot The Shot The Others Did Not!"

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