Monday, April 23, 2007

Mellow Yellow

There's nothing exceptional about this shot, as far as I'm concerned, but it does illustrate a few basic principles of both what you can do, and what you can't do in certain spontaneous circumstances.
The spontaneous circumstances were wandering around some of the back streets of Montmartre and seeing a rather pretty flower through the bars in a private garden.
Lighting was ok - not too harsh, but in this not particularly computer-manipulated shot the camera hasn't quite managed to render all the subtle hues, especially in the petal as it goes from saturated yellow to white highlight - never mind.
One of the big problems with flowers is that the slightest breeze and they're bobbing around all over the place. Add that to natural camera shake and a long zoom for detail which compounds the problem and you're risking a blurred pic I'm afraid. Solutions are to bump up the ISO to get a faster shutter speed and prop yourself up soundly against the bars you're shooting through, even resting the lens against one of them which can really help a lot, as solid iron bars don't tend to wobble as much as squatting, shuddering photographers...
Composition, finally, is up to you, but do FILL the frame unless there's a really good reason for not doing so and for goodness' sake don't put the flower slap-bang in the middle of the frame. Oh, and you can experiment with that little setting with the flower piccy thing on the dial (the 'close up' position..) to see if it makes any difference. That's all folks!

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