Ok. I admit it. This was a mistake.

The Vivitar 70-210 is too long and too fat to get out of the way of the pop-up flash on the D7000. This didn’t cross my mind when I walked out the door with the camera and the intent to make a shot similar to this, one that I almost got yesterday of the yellows and golds and greens and purples in this fucsia rose.

But this mistake created an interesting effect that sorta (but not really) reminds me of some low-budget horror film posters from the early 1970s. Or like the alien bursting from what’shisname’s chest, maybe. Like an octopus lauching itself at the red shirt’s face even. I think you get the point.

Sometimes mistakes make for beauty, or for something interesting, anyway.

D7000. Vivitar 70-210mm f/3.5 Series 1 (Kiron). ISO400, 1/80th, f/16, pop-up in manual mode at 1/16th (if memory serves). About 3 minutes of processing in Aperture before reverting to original and adding back about 20 seconds of slider manipulation.

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