FLOWERS TWO

Ok I can't help myself. Flowers are so beautiful. How can you not photograph them??? So you think I went to some exotic location to take these pictures? Think again. Garden Department of Lowes. That is it. One thing before you run off to Lowes with your camera in your hot little hand. These photos were taken in the late afternoon sun. You get a nice soft tone of yellow light filtered by the atmosphere, plus there are no shadows. This time of day is almost like photographing in a studio. The light is wonderful. If you photograph at high noon the light is harsh with very deep shadows. If you have to photograph at noon then you have to. However you must find the right angles where there are few shadows, or use a flash. If you use a flash then you should put it on the lowest level of flash intensity so as not to over expose (make the photo too light). Plus, you also have to concern yourself with the angle of the flash. The flash can create it's own shadows. Photographers who do a lot of nature close up work use ring flashes. They attach on the front of the lens and give off light directly to the subject. I can tell you ring flashes are expensive. I don't use one. Just do like I do. Wait until the optimum time in the early morning or late afternoon when the sun is low on the horizon to do most of your photography. It is a lot cheaper.

If you want to see more detail click on each flower.

Well more additions before I put this page up for everyone to see. The best camera for taking close up for flowers is my Hasselblad 503cw. I also use a bellows and a 135mm bellows lens for this work. The detail is second to none. A digital camera cannot compare to this camera, which in case you don't know uses 120 film. The only problem with this type of photography you have to have it on a tripod and very carefully manually focus the image. You have to find the correct point to focus on if not the photo is ruined because you want your viewer to zero in on a certain point of the flower. So manual focusing is criticial .

A confession. The photos on this page were taken with a Nikon D850 and a 60mm macro lens. I don't think they are a sharp and in total focus when comparing these photos with pictures taken with the bellows. Just my opinion. Most people would not notice the difference.

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