Day 55 – A touch of Sunshine

At the end of my road on a clump of grass there are a small patch of crocus growing, and this morning I decided that more people needed to be aware they were there, the signs of Spring are arriving and I popped out with my Canon 100 mm lens and take a photo.

I choose a nice shallow depth of field – wide aperture – F2.8 as I wanted to focus on one little grouping of crocuses and blur the background as suggested in this weeks #Remarkable2015 challenge

ISO 200, F2.8 and 1/320sec
ISO 200, F2.8 and 1/320sec

But it wasn’t what I wanted, so as I am using a fixed lens – I had to move, and a what a difference getting closer can make, the depth of field is much clearer, the raindrops on the flowers are prominent … but I don’t like the grey/white highlight in the background – I think it is the sky…  it distracts from the details… so I had to move again….

ISO200. F2.8, 1/500 sec
ISO200. F2.8, 1/500 sec

This time I got so low I could not see through the viewfinder, so relied on live view … I completely got rid of the sky highlights, but I have focused closer and lost the amazing softness of the foreground.

ISO 200, F2.8 1/2000 sec
ISO 200, F2.8 1/2000 sec

Moving back at a lower angle and this is the result. You get a bit more sense of scale, an understanding that the crocuses are small and delicate in the grass.

ISO 200, F2.8, 1/1000 sec
ISO 200, F2.8, 1/1000 sec

I read something the other day about using portrait more … in magazine articles images are often portrait, a whole page and this can give a sense of scale … do you agree?

ISO 200, F2.8 1/640 sec
ISO 200, F2.8 1/640 sec

I don’t think the composition is strong enough though … two clumps of flowers is slightly unbalanced… so I moved closer again and I feel it gives a great sense of scale.

ISO 200, F2.8, 1/1250 sec
ISO 200, F2.8, 1/1250 sec

I found this a fantastic exercise about visual awareness, my aperture and ISO stayed the same in every image, the shutter speed changed depending on the available light but the only thing that changed was the position of the camera… closer gave a stronger depth of field, too close and you lost the sense of scale … but amazing to think so little changed although the images changed enormously… I think I finally have realised this morning why good photography is hard to achieve because there are so many variables. You can use the same fixed lens, the same camera, the same subject, the same aperture and ISO but the light is always changing (unless you control that with flash) and the distance you are holding the camera varies and even a few millimeters can make a big difference.

If you have took the time to read today’s ramblings… I would love to know which is you favorite shot?

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