Why Floral and Yard Images?

As a student new to lenses, M modes, shutter speeds, apertures, ISO, WB, it is only sensitible that what I have around the house in the yard, is fodder for practice , under all kinds of skies and weather… the flowers, the grandchildren, and what I can imagine in a composition.  I don’t have other objects like a Wal-Mart would have and I am wanting to create images outdoors, so to learn the camera, lighting, depth of field, composition, contrast, and the Layers of Photoshop for global editing, the flowers and kids are handy… My apologies to you for the cliche, while I practice…  Single click on a thumbnail image to see the larger version.. thanks for visiting.  Images copyrighted.

What Did the Cold Weather Do?

Ice on rose leaves.

A slight nudge left on the temperature slider in photoshop helped cool the color a wee bit.  I let some of the green show, and the red in the veins.

Wind Effect

Since we cannot see wind, can the effects of the wind be photographed?  How does it blow skirts, hair, tear up a poppy, throw around debris, scattered leaves?  What effects of wind can I see in the yard?

I took the camera into the front yard one evening after a north wind had died down and saw this. Or maybe I saw it, and walked inside for the camera... that's more likely. 🙂

I am challenged now to look for more wind effects… See something blowing in the wind so you have to use a faster shutter?  Can you stop a windmill blade with fast shutter speed, or blur with show shutter speed… to imply motion?

Rain Effects, Varied Light

Rain on rose bush. Diffused, cloudy light. Nikon D3.

Afternoon diffused side light. Nikon D3, 200mm zoom lens. tripod. Dahlia in rain.

A Shallow Depth of Field

What could I do in the pre-sunrise light, so I played with dew drops, then got better light and tried laying on the ground to get a side view of a blossom… that was difficult getting up… I cannot judge people who photograph from a bench in the studio. 🙂

The tripod legs are handy when I have to get off the ground and stand up again.

When I learn more about color replacement or color correction I’d like to get a cleaner orange without the mud cast.  Is that a blue adjustment?

I had been reading about Johannes Itenn’s Contrasts of Color and was trying to contrast the orange and the greens, but it wasn’t as spectacular as a red/green contrast of complements.  For one thing, too, I forgot that the foliage of the California Poppy does have a lot of blueish-green, or a greyed blue-green in it.

 Oh, The Cliche Yard Bugs

A clover patch invited the bees during a Summer of few bees. Nikon D3 with Tamron 200mm zoom.

This may be the cliche of masses of photographers the world over, but to someone new to DSLR, I couldn’t resist trying.

The bee sticking out his tongue. this is low side light near sunset so the texture and body contour was enhanced.

The Katydid has its tongue extended downward, probably after a tiny insect, from this tomato-leaf perch. Nikon D90. 1/400 sec at f/5.6, 200mm. EXIF from Lightroom 4 Beta in March 2012. Lens was Nikkon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6

This was already extended to 200 mm so maybe I have a framing problem here, and not close enough… I’d have liked more detail but have to learn this…  I forget the D90 has a 1:6 crop ratio, not full frame.  then I also cropped off a lot of tomato leaf to get the bug larger looking and resolution is low for WordPress blogging.  I can see part of an upper antenna, but to feature it, would have detracted from the rest of the image.  Contrast was adjusted slightly, otherwise, this is not post-processed for the Black and White points nor color and midtones.  It’s got some play left in it.

Underside of a golden garden spider, Summer 2010 with Nikon D90.

Bird at the Bird Bath

Added water, sat and waited 15 minutes, and this young jay flew in. Nikon D90.



Indoor Ambient Light

Nikon D3, and natural light from kitchen window on this commercial rose in a purchased bouquet; (a gift).


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