Day 105 – Yellow Flowers

A photographic dog walk with a focus … what yellow flowers can I capture – the sun is shining, the bright yellow flowers make me think of warm sunshine and summer days … so I am going to photograph some of the yellow flowers in their nature settings in fairly bright sunlight with my 100 mm lens – handheld.

These are today’s images.

It is easy to separate a flower from the background with a shallow depth of field – but you need a fast shutter speed to account for movement from the breeze and you have to be aware of highlights on the petals from bright sunlight as well as shadows.

ISO200, F6.3, 1/640 sec - woodland flower.
ISO200, F6.3, 1/640 sec – woodland flower.

A shallower depth of field enables me to select a group of flowers but make them appear at different heights. I choose an odd number for balance and the flowers were deliberately selected for their curved (linear) shape.

ISO200, F2.8, !/2500 sec
ISO200, F2.8, !/2500 sec

A larger depth of field, a different flower, but here I felt it was important to get the texture of all the different layers.

ISO 200, F7.1, 1/800 sec
ISO 200, F7.1, 1/800 sec

Alternating between single flowers and groups of flowers, these primroses were growing wild in the woodland that I visited – the spot is well know for bluebells which are starting to grow there too… so I am hoping to revisit the area. I wanted to make sure the flowers stood out from the dark woodland floor.

ISO 200, F7.1, 1/1000 sec
ISO 200, F7.1, 1/1000 sec

A flower I associate with summer is the Daisy – this one was growing on the roadside – this is where details are really noticeable… and although we had had a little rain earlier you can see the dirt kicked up by the traffic on the delicate petals.

ISO200, F7.1, 1/1000sec
ISO200, F7.1, 1/1000sec

Yellow and green works well together, but so does yellow and blue so instead of looking down at the surroundings I had a go at looking up: The focus I don’t think was quite right for this one as the photo is not really sharp.

ISO 200, F7.1, 1/640 sec
ISO 200, F7.1, 1/640 sec

Another try – this time Gorse against the blue sky, amazingly with the same settings, but this time in a more sheltered spot, and much better focused.

ISO200, F7.1, 1/640 sec
ISO200, F7.1, 1/640 sec

Changing angles though and the Gorse has a completely different feel, as well as a whole lot less light was able to enter the shutter… but this did leave to some lovely natural bokeh in the background.

ISO 200, F7.1, 1/200 sec
ISO 200, F7.1, 1/200 sec

My final shot of yellow that I am going to share it this one, taken at F7.1, handheld and cropped in photoshop – I just love the way the insects wings are lit up with iridescent light.

ISO 200, F7.1, 1/200 sec
ISO 200, F7.1, 1/200 sec
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