I've been shooting so little lately but I suddenly wanted to shoot something
. My DIL has a plot in a community garden and brought home a sunflower she grew. Days ago. It is in water but it's fading fast. The center looks icky and spiderwebby. I decided I needed to photograph it (better than doing the dishes), but I didn't really want to do a lot of actual, um, work?
I am a long-time available light freak, the more so since getting into digital 10 years ago and discovering how forgiving it is, even in mixed light, the more
so when shooting raw. I am also lazy and I really did
need to do the dishes so I didn't want to waste a lot of time. I thought perhaps I could get away with shooting it in situ
if I got in very close with a wide aperture. That should nicely blur the background and obviate the need to do much set dressing (lazy, see?). There were some things back there that, if thrown sufficiently out of focus, might serve to add some interest but not distraction.
I put my much loved Sony RX10 on its tripod, set everything in full manual, remembered (for once) to turn off the vibration reduction, and set up the shot, very tight at equiv. 80mm, f/3.2 (almost wide open) with artificial light coming from the kitchen to camera left and the dominant overhead lights giving slight back light. No flash, no reflector. I made three exposures, 1-sec, 2-sec, and 4-sec. I thought I might try a simple Lightroom HDR.
Below is the LR tweaked version of the straight 1-second exposure.
And below is the LR HDR using all 3 exposures. I did nothing with them before making the HDR. All tweaking was done afterward, then I tried to make the straight 1-sec version look as close as I could to the HDR. if you open them in tabs and toggle between them there is not a lot of difference except for there being slightly more detail in the spider webbed center. I do very little HDR so this is an experiment.
So the "spoiler" below shows the challenge! The actual setup, with the overhead "main light." Yes the place is a mess and I don' wanna hear about it!
The main thing is I am bone-lazy but I still think it'sa not bad pitcher considerin'. And yes, I got the dishes done!