Armed with my Canon 5D Mark III and a Canon 24-105mm lens, I was off to capture some of nature's finest work.
So...this weeks blog is all about flowers in Portland. I hope you enjoy the photos.
The interesting thing about photographing flowers is that you can get such different photos with a small change in your shooting position. When I find a pretty flower, I often will try shooting it from the side, at angles and sometimes even from directly above. That is what I did here. This photo was taken at f/4 from straight over the rose. I focused on the center pedals and let everything else go out of focus. I chose this particular rose since it was away from other flowers and perfectly framed by the green leaves below.
For this photo, I moved my position so that I would have the one rose in the foreground and others in the background. I shot this at f/5.6 to get a little more of the foreground in focus but have good separation from the background flowers.
When looking for good "subjects", I would often look for a variety of full blooms and new blooms in the same shot.
You will also notice that none of the photos were taken in bright sunlight. As it turned out, we arrived at the Rose Garden at 6:30pm, so the sun was low and we were mostly in shade. Perfect for photographing these beauties.
And just because we were in a rose garden does not mean that there are not other plants to photograph. I really liked the straight lines in these plants and chose to focus on just one "tail" as my subject.
I saw this flower with an almost perfect form and had to stop and photograph this. Once again, I moved my shooting position to have the flower off center and only green leaves in the background. Much like the first shot of this blog, I took this at f/4 to create more separation between the foreground and background. I also moved farther from the flower and zoomed all the way to 105mm to blur the background more.
I like the colors of this flower and the fact that I have one bloom full and one just starting. This would have been an even better shot if all the pedals were straight out. Yeah - I know - I could have fixed this in Photoshop, but that would be cheating.
This photo is a classic example of using complimentary colors to my advantage.
For those of you wanting to photograph flowers, take a close look at this photo. You will notice that I took this shot with my "subject" in focus and off center. I used the second rose, diffused on the left, to balance the photo. This is a good example of balancing composition.
This last photo is one of my favorites. I saw this tiny little rose bud while walking slowly through the gardens. Oh, and I should mention that walking slowly is important, since it helps you really see the details that others might miss. I saw a bunch of people barreling through the gardens taking quick photos with their phones. But I doubt that any of them saw this shot. The bloom is not more than one inch in length and it was in perfect light. I knew that this would make for a nice photo, and I took at least 12 different photos of this to get one that was just right. I tried different aperture settings, but ultimately ended up on this one taken at f/4. I also took this at -.03 stop to darken the image a bit.
I hope you like the photos and I hope that you go out and take some cool flower shots of your own!
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