Well done all the way around Chuck...really like the spider web bits..Charles Haacker wrote:If you can stand one more, this one was backlit and waving madly in the breeze on the way back to the parking lot. I admit I made several to get one sharp.
Thanks, Frank! Me too!Psjunkie wrote:Well done all the way around Chuck...really like the spider web bits..
So that's what they are! You ID'd the green things in the conservatory but at the time they weren't blooming, and as much as I love all flowers (with the possible exception of corpse flower) I pretty much have no clue what they are and haven't the memory to retain it when I do find out. Thanks.minniev wrote:Great collection of summer flowers, well taken and presented in spite of the harsh light. The spider web is pretty cool on those cannas.
St3v3M wrote:I love your This Is Me approach to photography. I call myself the Lazy Photographer and sometimes it shows, but mostly I mean that I shoot what I want, when I see it, and am not a fan of tripods either. There are shots I will slow down for, and even use the three-legged beast, but mostly it's raw and dirty, but honest. What I'm impressed with most here then is how you well you use what you have and pull the beauty out of things most people pass by.
Thank you too for the name of the Coneflowers. I have some I'll post soon, but didn't know their names. Thank you again! S-
Charles Haacker wrote:I am just a total sucker for flowers. Yes, I know, SO cliché, SO gauche, common, boring (BORE-ing!). But I likes 'em. I like the colors 'n'stuff.
I still have not got back to the Sunken Gardens (where I made the Koi picture) but I've had these since the last visit. I know yer supposed to shoot flowers in open shade or overcast, or carry a white umbrella (I need to buy one, actually), but in the 10 years I've been digitized I've pretty much shot 'em where I found 'em, and often that is in full sun. I was doing it for years in jpegs, always being careful never to overexpose the brightest highlight and pulling up the shadows in post. Since switching to all raw more than 2-1/2 years ago and finishing in Lightroom I have been flagrant in not caring what light the fleur is in. These three (one isn't a flower but ya know) had some sun getting in to each. I like that look very much, and I am not finding it at all outside the dynamic range of even the small sensor compacts (Nikon P7800) or my 1" Sony.
I freely acknowledge my favorite "cheat" for so much that I shoot: "floating ISO." In each of these I was in Aperture priority with the WB and ISO both in Auto. For rank beginners this may not be the best idea unless you are very comfortable with the exposure triad, but I used to be able to do everything manually owing to antique cameras having zip-po automation, so I figger why the heck not? If you glance at the exposure info you'll see the shutter and ISO changing for the conditions, while the aperture remains fixed, most often at f/5.6, the "sweet spot" on my lens and just right most of the time for the necessary DOF. I am almost always hand-held, but I carry a tripod in the car in the parking lot a block away.
Charles Haacker wrote:Thanks, Steve. There are definitely times when a tripod is absolutely mandatory, but they interfere with spontaneity. ...
Matt Quinn wrote:I am with you on the flower fixation. Especially photos of my wife's efforts. I like your first "flower" for its texture and range of tone. Very nicely done. Matt
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