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Crocus in the Sunshine

By Irishkate  
Taking images of white and yellow crocus when the sun is shining is so difficult - we want the flowers open which need sunshine but sunny weather is not the best for flower photography. We had a gloriously sunny day yesterday so I went out to capture these crocus (a large display at the roundabout into our village).
First attempts in midday sun! All failed - I didn't use my tripod nor manual mode.
Went out around 5.00 pm and tried again - still difficult.
Let me know your hints and tips, please.
Many thanks for V&C and kind awards for Snowdrops Again.

Tags: White Yellow Crocus Flowers and plants Flowers and plants

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18 Mar 2021 10:16AM
Very bright, very cheerful and very Kate. Smile

Hi Kate lovely to see as well as a nice capture

Regarding exposure I always ď under expose ď by a couple of stops if the sun is bright and then adjust etc in post processing .......altho it doesnít alway work for me ....Iíve taken shots and the sun on the petals still gives an extremely bright over exposed image which case I can only suggest say an umbrella to create some shade ......but then Iím a novice and someone will Iím sure come up with much better suggestions that consistently work for them 🤗

But still itís a good capture & image
18 Mar 2021 10:44AM
Beautiful capture of these lovely crocus, you could try adjusting the shadows and highlights post processing, but I quite like the softer and gentle effect you have here.
dales Plus
5 13 Australia
18 Mar 2021 11:04AM
A bright and lively image Kate
debu 11 India
18 Mar 2021 11:18AM
Lovely image.
cooky Plus
17 6 4 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2021 11:40AM
I just take several shots at different exposure then come home and cry!!WinkWink

I think you have done much better than I could! Much more expert with flower imagery than I am.

I have some I took on a walk out in the local area yesterday. I'll see what they look like when I upload.

18 Mar 2021 12:52PM
they look so fresh and cheering..!
not in position to advise you on camera settings, because all my floral photography has so far ended in downright failure
18 Mar 2021 1:29PM
Gorgeous Kate..Lin
18 Mar 2021 1:49PM
Beautiful display
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2021 1:59PM
A visual of beauty Kate !!
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TrevBatWCC Plus
12 13 19 England
18 Mar 2021 2:02PM
Very lovely crocuses, Kate 👍 As you say, the sun opens them up, but it makes it too contrasty for photography 😳
I'd go along with Vince, under-expose - you can afford to lose detail in shadows, but it exposes better the highlights, which is what you need. And as he suggests, some form of shielding like an umbrella helps, or a Lastolite reflector, not to reflect light, but shield it from the sun 😃
Trev 😀
adagio Plus
2 3 2 England
18 Mar 2021 3:56PM
Regardless of anything else, this is still a lovely shot Kate.

viscostatic 14 50 11 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2021 4:18PM
Indeed this is beautiful Kate.

I usually lie on the ground to get a low viewpoint but perhaps that is not so easy in the middle of a roundabout.

Such a lovely reminder that spring is on its way.

capto Plus
9 6.7k 25 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2021 6:02PM
Spring sunshine, always lovely.Smile
Not the easiest of captures as youve stated Kate but youve managed a nice capture ..

SUE118 Plus
13 8 1 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2021 8:01PM
Beautiful capture.
ColleenA Plus
8 483 7 Australia
18 Mar 2021 10:41PM
Such a pretty Spring image
19 Mar 2021 8:25AM
As has already been suggested... Find a way of temporarily shading the flowers. Also, you shoot in RAW, so underexpose and recover shadow detail later if you want it.

The longer the focal length and the closer you are to the subject, the less DOF you'll have, so with that focal length at that distance from that subject there's no way you're going to get all the petals sharp using f6.3. Try a shot at f.11 and even f.16.
You can easily afford to increase ISO to 400 or even 800 to help with shutter speed if you're hand-holding.
Sticking stubbornly to ISO 100 isn't going to do you any favours!
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2423 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2021 9:37AM
Lovely, but I'll just add to the above - why did you try to photograph them in midday sun?? It's the most difficult and least sympathetic time of day for any outdoor natural light photography, particularly flowers. The surface of petals (and leaves) is highly reflective. And then you get overexposure on the upward facing surfaces, hard shadow immediately below, but no directional light to show up textures. Add the complication of white petals...
If you want sunshine, early morning or as here late afternoon is much more suitable, but still tricky Rope in a friend to hold a diffuser if necessary - just a piece of gauze or muslin will do, to soften the light. Keep checking the histogram and try a small minus exposure compensation, maybe -1/3 or -2/3 stop.
But don't assume that you need bright sunshine for flowers. When I started photographing for the local In Bloom event, the Town Clerk used to say things like 'It's a lovely sunny day, you'll get good pictures.' It took a while to persuade her that that was the last thing I wanted... Soft light, particularly after rain, works much better!

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