Flowers

Manual (Two Photographs)

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I have been trying Auto-ISO with my camera in manual exposure mode, thus whatever aperture or shutter speed I choose; the camera adjusts the ISO. This allows me to more quickly and easily shift to a high shutter speed for birds in flight or a smaller aperture for insects. In practice exposure compensation still needs fiddling with as the cameras exposure meter is still only a guide to exposure. So far manual exposure with auto ISO seems to me to be increasingly workable.


A Quirk of Aperture (Three Photographs)

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Shooting with a cropped sensor (e.g. one that is one half the size of a full frame camera) has a few implications, one of which is that you need to think about apertures multiplied by the crop factor. This means that small sensors have greater depth of field at the stated aperture than a full frame camera would at the same aperture. Now if you look at the second and the third photograph, they were taken at F5.6 and F5.0 and the difference should be quite noticeable as it’s a full stop difference in full-frame terms. I hear someone say “why compare it to full frame if I am not using a full frame camera?” Because for close-up and macro photography you have the kind of flexibility that full frame cameras do not offer (and it’s a myth that you lose out on great out of focus backgrounds).


Eight By Ten (Two Photographs)

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There are standard dimensions for photos (e.g. 8 by 10) and then there are standard dimensions for frames (e.g. 8.5 by 11), for publications it depends. Then there is shooting in portrait mode – camera vertical – (which magazines and books sometimes prefer) or landscape mode – camera horizontal – (which in a publication may mean a two page spread). Some professionals shoot in Raw and JPEG and both portrait and landscape. Now the amateur is less likely to care about these nuances, unless they want to frame their photo. More importantly these decisions on dimensions and quality have an impact on the photograph, in first case because of the overall perception of the photo and in the second, the degree to which the photo can be edited. When it comes to RAW or JPEG I shoot RAW and I shoot in the mode that captures the subject as I see it. Dimensions concern me because they are important for this blog and for my online shop (see link above).


Disturbances (Three Photographs)

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I like it when things pop-out in my photos. When shooting tulips and other flowers I have had to worry about cats and other things popping out of the foliage. The last photo is another kind of disturbance altogether, more little shop of horrors than tulip festival.


Tulips (Three Photographs)

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How to stand out in a crowd… In my last tulip post I spoke of some techniques to focus the viewer on the subject. Another technique I did not mention was depth of field; logically, what is in focus is what matters. The challenge in a field of flowers where you cannot move things around and stage-manage is that when using a very narrow depth of field to isolate your subject some of what you don’t want will still be in focus.

 


Tulips (Three Photographs)

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These are more tulips from the Ottawa Tulip Festival. This time I was focusing on framing and negative space. The idea is to make sure your viewers’ eyes go where you want them to go. Tools include, vignette, increasing shadows generally, framing in camera and tightened cropping after the fact without necessarily placing the subject in the middle of the frame.


More Tulips from the Festival (Three Photographs)

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Shooting festivals and fairs always pose one challenge: can you isolate your subject from the crowds and other distractions? The tulip festival may not have been crowded with people but the flowers were just blossoming and many of the tulips were surrounded by dirt, not quite the background one would hope for. So as these two photos illustrate, angle of view, and aperture can help move the focus away from distractions. The last photo, the B&W is again somber but interesting.