I captured this beautiful flower on an overcast afternoon after I arrived home from work. We purchased had a basket of these pretty flowers and put it on our back patio earlier in the week. After work I decided to grab my 90mm macro Tamron lens and create this photo. I cannot remember the name of this particular flower off hand. However, I am glad that I took the time out to capture its beauty while it lasted.
The Camera, Props, and Tips
This was a simple and quick photo. The only thing I used was the camera and flower. Mother nature provided the perfect lighting (as well as the flower). However, I did somewhat break the rules when I captured this photo. Most macro photos should be shot with a tripod and/or a shutter release remote. It was later in the day, I just got off of work, and just wanted to snap a quick photo. My camera was within 20 feet of my beautiful subject and I had already had the macro lens attached from a previous photo project.
The key to making sure there wasn’t camera shake or blurring of the flower was a fast shutter speed and lack of wind. The flower was located on my patio which is covered and was perfect for blocking the breeze. I made sure I used a wide aperture to ensure a blurry background – bokeh.
Another tip I would suggest is holding the camera steady. Making sure your arms and elbows are parallel and the back of your upper arm is resting on your chest while holding the bottom of the camera lens with your left hand. The other hand should be supporting the camera while the pointer finger is above the shutter button ready to capture the photo. Also, make sure your breath is steady.
I found that these tips help me when I need to capture a quick macro photo (especially flowers) and there is not tripod or shutter remote available.
On a final note
The actual size of this flower was about an inch. Its amazing how technology has allowed us to magnify such small things and intensify its beauty. I would highly recommend taking the time out to access your backyard for small and often overlooked colorful flowers. Try to wait for a day that doesn’t have much wind and capture a great photo. I would also recommend making sure you use a wide aperture. When capturing macro photos, its easy for the photo to become very busy with background elements because everything is magnified. Another way to combat a busy photo is to fill as much of the subject in the frame as possible. However, unless you are going for an abstract look, its best not to fill it too much. Leave enough room so that viewer can quickly identify the main subject of the photo
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