Day 196 – Lily

Outside my backdoor I have a pot in which a lilly grows each year, the other day when I came home the Lilly was in full sun, the flower was lifting itself to the sky and I thought I would capture some of the detail. I used my 28-300mm lens, hand held and zoomed in close to try and capture the detail.

This is the lily in full sun.

ISO1000, F7.1, 1/4000 sec - 80mm focal length
ISO1000, F7.1, 1/4000 sec – 80mm focal length

Zooming in on the maximum focal length of the camera, means that I have to control the depth of field with accuracy as I am so close to the subject – the detail on the pollen is amazing, but it is hard to be accurate hand held – so I am going to revisit and continue this post … later on today when I have a little more time… no doubt the light with be different… so i might try a different lens too!

ISO1000, F7.1, 1/3200 sec - 300mm focal length
ISO1000, F7.1, 1/3200 sec – 300mm focal length
ISO1000, F7.1, 1/3200 sec - 300mm focal length
ISO1000, F7.1, 1/3200 sec – 300mm focal length
ISO1000, F7.1, 1/3200 sec - 300mm focal length
ISO1000, F7.1, 1/3200 sec – 300mm focal length

2nd attempt this time with my tripod… and it is much easier to ensure the image is sharp, although the Lily is blowing around in the wind

ISO200, F5.6, 1/1000 sec - 300mm focal length on 28-300mm lens
ISO200, F5.6, 1/1000 sec – 300mm focal length on 28-300mm lens

As I was experimenting, keeping the tripod, I decided I would have a go with my 100mm macro lens, and see if this enabled me to be more creative. I tried a variety of angles and depths of field to see what I liked best.

ISO1600, F4, 1/8000 sec - 100mm focal length on 100mm prime lens
ISO1600, F4, 1/8000 sec – 100mm focal length on 100mm prime lens
ISO200, F4, 1/1200 sec - 100mm focal length on 100mm prime lens
ISO200, F4, 1/1200 sec – 100mm focal length on 100mm prime lens

Moving in closer really narrows down the depth of field and in this shot you can see just a minimal amount of detail has been captured.

ISO200, F4, 1/640 sec - 100mm focal length on 100mm prime lens
ISO200, F4, 1/640 sec – 100mm focal length on 100mm prime lens

But then without moving the camera, by making it the smallest aperture possible, U am able to capture so much more detail. I increased the ISO here, as I wanted to keep the shutter speed relatively fast due to the afternoon breeze.  It is amazing how much detail is added, yet how interesting and creative the image above feels.

ISO3200, F22, 1/500 sec - 100mm focal length on 100mm prime lens
ISO3200, F22, 1/500 sec – 100mm focal length on 100mm prime lens

Is the 100mm lens better? Well I am able to get closer and therefore creates a shallower depth of field, but then I have to move, whereas the zoom gives me a different sense of control. The best lens for capturing the close up of flowers … if I have time, a tripod and I want to either include everything or have a very shallow depth then the Macro prime lens is ideal … if I am visiting a garden, have limited room for equipment and I am not whether I want to capture the detail of shoot wide the zoom lens offers a lot more flexibility …  which then makes me think – why do we ask what lens did people use to create an image …  the best lens for the job is the lens on the camera – the skill of the photographer is to get the best out of the lens they have to capture the moment!

ISO 800, F3.5, 1/4000 sec - 100mm focal length on 100mm prime lens
ISO 800, F3.5, 1/4000 sec – 100mm focal length on 100mm prime lens
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