Daft Flowers and a Sixth Article on Exposure (Three Photographs)

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Sometimes you want your backgrounds a bit blown out, and I think without a bit of this these daft flowers would not be as interesting.

Most cameras provide a means to look at a histogram of the scene. Mirror-less cameras and cameras with electronic view finders (EVF) can put this in the view finder. On a DSLR most often you only get to see the histogram in review mode. Tests shots help you select the best exposure in circumstances where you might not be able to chimp (review your shots on the back LCD). You could shoot in live view (something I very rarely use outdoors but can be useful to judge exposure). Most experts will tell you that the histogram is one of the better tools. If the histogram shows a line going up the right hand side, something is under exposed, and on the left it means its too bright no detail. Ideally we are told a bell curve, where the line touches each wall and rises toward the top in the middle is the best histogram. Unfortunately a perfect bell curve is rare and while the histogram is illustrating the light from darker to lightest, the middle ground can be harder to interpret. While the blinkies (see previous post) will alert you to burnt out highlights, the histogram is great for seeing under exposure in the shadows.

Some Flowers and Second Article on Exposure (Two Photographs)

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These are some random flower shots I took with my macro lens testing the metering on my camera.

Cameras read reflected light from the scene you are shooting. In the days of manual only cameras, you had a handheld exposure meter that could measure reflected and incident lighting. Incident lighting is taken from the subject’s point of view and measures the light hitting the subject. Reflected light captures all light coming at the lens, not just the subject. Clearly, incident lighting is more exact for the subject and reflected lighting more realistic for the entire scene. That is why DSLRs have spot, centre-weighted and a whole frame exposure mode.These modes enable us to narrow the area being measured. Secondly, modern DSLRs do not have the capability of capturing as wide a range of light as say print film had, but that is improving with every new model. Just as higher ISOs are increasingly noise free. When you take in the variables of ISO, aperture and shutter speed and you take into account the limitations of the camera you can see why exposure can be tricky.

Colour (Two Photographs)

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I was reading an article on Jackson Pollack’s abstract expressionism and why it was important and innovative. Drip art, no matter how clever the paint and approach may not be to everyone’s liking. But the article made me think about an approach to photography. The photos here are very differenteven if they’re of the same subject. In one, the photo relies on shape and form, shadow and light and is easily seen for what it is. The second is a bit harder to decipherbut it depends more than the first on color and shape to have meaning and is more abstract. Like drip painting this may not be to everyone’s taste, but a little more is left to the imagination than the straightforward depiction of the thistle.

The Faces (Two Photographs)

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Every photographer will tell you that at some point or another they saw something in a shot they had not noticed when they took the shot. Sometimes it‘s a good thing and sometimes it’s a bit spooky, have a look at the second photo. They say plants talk, but scowl?

An Effect (Three Photographs)

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This narrow depth of field effect can be obtained with more than one type of lens. Here I used a 105mm at F 2.8, but I could have used a wide-angle lens at the same aperture and cropped more significantly than was the case with the 105mm and had the same result if not better. Aperture and F stops are confusing for everyone. Most of the time what we want is a pleasantly out of focus background or to avoid an overly out of focus background. In both cases keep in mind that the background will be more out of focus and painterly (Bokeh) if you are much closer to your subject than to the background.

Too Good (Three Photographs)

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I walked by these flowers on the street, they were in a garden. They looked too good to be true, almost man made, but they were real. When I sat down to process these my intent was to keep that feeling. A rather impressive bunch of flowers that made me think.

Solitary (Two Photographs)

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One thing I have always liked is minimalism and from my earliest days in photography I watched as people softened photographs for effect, took the photos soft or made them soft in processing, the opposite of HDR. To my taste few photographs lend themselves to this technique, but when I came across this flower it struck me more as a painting then a photo and so I worked with its softness, the final product is the black and white, I include the color for reference.