Flowers Get Their Dew

August 02, 2009  •  Leave a Comment
Rose_Garden_2009_08_01 016_1 1/50 sec / F40.0 at ISO 100 (300mm)

Okay. I HAD to go back to the Rose Garden one more time but this time it was to see what effect a light rain would have on the soft petals. (See images from my previous visit). I made sure to bring the appropriate gear: camera, lens, tripod, reflector, remote release, Gary Fong diffuser and a few close-up filters.

For this session, I wanted to get a lot of good detail of the roses: petals, moisture, color, etc. So I shot most of these at very high aperture settings which meant relatively slow shutter speeds. But that was okay since I had a tripod and remote release cable.

 

Rose_Garden_2009_08_01 002_2 1/40 sec / F25.0 at ISO 100 (300mm)

Moving quickly before the water evaporated, I chose different angles, various heights and zoom/cropping to show these roses from perspectives that people may not be often view roses.

 

Rose_Garden_2009_08_01 013_2 1/50 sec / F20.0 at ISO 100 (227 mm)
 

Rose_Garden_2009_08_01 036_2


1/50 sec / F20.0 at ISO 100 (227 mm)
 
Here are a few tips if you want to produce images with deep, vibrant colors and uncommon detail. Who knows, maybe you will be so pleased that you frame a few for that special spot at home.

A Few Tips to Consider
  1. Always use a tripod
  2. Pick a good time to shoot: either early in the morning or late evening. Otherwise, wait for an overcast day. Just avoid the middle of the day when there is plenty of direct sunlight
  3. Use a flash (preferably with a diffuser)
  4. Experiment with different heights and angles
  5. Keep notes of what you did so you can repeat what works and avoid what doesn't

Comments

No comments posted.
Loading...
Subscribe
RSS
Archive
January February (1) March April May June July August September October November December
January (1) February (1) March April May June July (1) August (1) September October November December
January February March April May June July August September October November December
January February March April May June July August September October November December
January February March April May June July August September October November December
January February March April May June July August September October November December
January (2) February March April May June July August September October November December
January February March April May June July August September October November December
January February March April May June July August September October November December
January February March April May June July August September October November December
January February March April May June July August September October November December