I can’t seem to get enough flowers lately. Between my new Fuji and just completing an on-line course in flower photography, I decided to try to conquer my nemesis – the Canon 65mm macro lens.
I think I am getting better with this lens, but I am still not even close to mastery. This time I adjusted my approach to focusing, which I think will also serve me well with the Fuji. My struggles centered around using my macro rails (the special tripod equipment that helps me make minute adjustments to camera/lens placement), and unfortunately Peter wasn’t around to help me sort it out. But there is always a next time. For this project, I wanted to work with:
- Selective focus – picking just one element to be sharp (or in some cases, almost sharp – much to my dismay)
- Negative space – using the shapes of the flowers and where they join with each other to highlight negative space
- Color – the orange tulips, purple iris’ with yellow centers gave me a lot of opportunity
- Curves – trying to accentuate the natural curves of the petals
I was disappointed when my subjects finally died, but was so inspired by the photography class, that I bought a couple of books to continue in my exploration of close-up photography (and flower arranging!).