Posts tagged “Flora

Light in the Forest (Two Photographs)

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I often see wild flowers in their own patch of light. It’s actually quite hard to get a good shot and retain the light. We can talk about metering modes but the real issue is that the camera and the software want to even out light even with spot metering. The radial dial in Lightroom can help a great deal, but if you lighten the flowers for example, you also need to tone down the background. In black and white you can choose a colour filter to  highlight the flowers. This is one of the better techniques. And a vignette doesn’t hurt either.


Popping (Three Photographs)

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Photographers and editors of photographs talk about a photograph “popping” or “making it pop” etc. With tulips this is easy. Their form, colour and position provide more than enough pop. You just have to be close enough to get the composition you want and mind the backgrounds, the tulips do the rest.


Tulips (Two Photographs)

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The colour photograph represents the best week of sun and cool air and the black and white, the week when we had the worst showers in June since 1949. Nasty weather puts a damper on things, but I get more time to process photographsand work on other projects. However, I would much rather be out with my camera.


Tulip Colours (Three Photographs)

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In an an earlier post I said how complicated it can be to get the colors to look natural in a panorama of a tulip bed. You see this in the third shot. It has to do with color spaces and gamuts, put simply, the colors your camera and computer can see. I am sure some expert could get it right but it would be complicated. Instead I prefer the framingof a single flower as in the first two examples.


Tulipmania (Three Photographs)

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In the midst of a vast number of Tulips you have two choices take a photo of the sweep of the beds or choose individual flowers. I usually try both but I have considerably more success with close shots than panoramas. One of the reasons is that it’s harder to control color when there is a large variety of colors with some that may just be beyond the abilities of the camera and the computer to capture. With a focus on a single bulb the picture is much more likely to be good out of camera and easier to process. Just make sure your backgrounds are interesting.


Tulip Festival (Two Photographs)

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Back in May we had our annual Tulip Festival. Holland’s monarchy took refuge in Canada during WWII and in gratitude they send us tulips for the festival. I must say every year it gets more crowded, and this year because there were fewer tulips at the beginning due to cold weather, it was even more crowded. Using a 105 mm lens helped isolate things, taking the same photo at different apertures also helped. Flowers like these sometimes tend to halo along the edges and that can detract from the photo. Similarly some colors do not translate easily onto the web so there is some time involved in editing them. I will post more as time goes on.


A Perspective on Flowers (Three Photographs)

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It’s that time of year in North America where many people are focusing at least some of their photography on flowers. Most of the flowers photographed are not unusual or rare. Taking something familiar from a new angle, shooting in black and white or colourcan make a huge difference in the impact a photo has on others. So I am always looking for something unique: symmetry, leading lines, an unusual position etc. just to give the photo that extra punch. Worth trying, make your audience think.