piedmont azalea. They are obviously related to each other.
This is another place where Joyce and I use different equipment. She is a big tripod user and me a monopod user. That kind of sums up our whole philosophies of photography. I am a fast mover, see all you can see kind of photographer and she is very meticulous and methodical (which is a good thing with photography). I often see the big picture and she sees a smaller picture, but in a much more precise way. I think the styles complement each other and add things to the way we work. I might see a composition that she doesn't see, but when it comes to getting down to the very nitty gritty, best exposure and all that technical stuff, she knows things I don't know. I think we both recognize these differences and that is fine.
Once on our three week trip, she did say to me, Just go ahead and GO!....I know you are dying too! LOL! Of course, I replied, No, I am fine...take your time. She did buy a monopod and I am going to get a tripod, so at least we are both flexible. She says you cannot do macro photography without a tripod and she will look at these and say they are out of focus, but to the naked eye, I am happy with them. It all depends on what you plan on doing with your photos. If you blow up a macro shot, it needs to be precise. If you are putting it on a blog or on a PowerPoint presentation (my minister uses my flower photos on his welcome slide at church) these are fine. Different personalities make the world go round and make it interesting! What is your photography philosophy? I bet it spills into the rest of your life also!
On the photo below, the focus is a little misplaced....I would prefer it be on the actual white bloom rather than that leaf area, but I am using this one to show an example of a mottled background. I do have photos with the bloom in focus. White blooms are sometimes hard to shoot, especially in sunlight, as it washes our the highlights. Anyone know what this bush is called?