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Ding dong, ding dong!

By dudler
A picture in the Critique Gallery yesterday prompted me to go out and play with Mrs Dudler's fuchsias in the garden. Two purely pictorail shots, and then two showing the difference a polarising filter makes to unwated reflections from shiny surfaces of the flowers.

Also, to the shutter speed: highly inconvenient on a breezy day, even with the camera on a tripod!

Thoughts on whether four blooms work here, and whether the case for using a polarising filter for flowers is convincing wil lbe welcome...

Tags: Flowers and plants Polarising filter Fuchsias


A piece of trivia ! When we were kids we used to carefully brake off the dark bit behind the flower, pull out the central stamen and suck the "honey" from the flower. Destructive little urchins !

Lovely photo of a lovely flower.
24 Aug 2017 12:59PM
A nice set of images,V3 for me.☺☺☺
Regards David
24 Aug 2017 1:02PM
V3 is a lovely fuchsia John and very nicely photographed. We're going to need a new ding dong for the next four years.

banehawi Plus
16 2.3k 4177 Canada
24 Aug 2017 1:07PM
Looking up works best!
Daisymaye Plus
12 23 18 Canada
24 Aug 2017 2:30PM
It pays to lay down on the job.
24 Aug 2017 2:58PM
love the focusing in the lead shot and colors in v.3
24 Aug 2017 3:09PM
You got it right on V3, John, which proves that sometimes we need to do nothing, to do somethingSmile
Pegasused 3 1 United States
24 Aug 2017 3:47PM
Agree V1 & V3 I like best, good work John.SmileSmileSmile
Irishkate Plus
10 42 118 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2017 4:26PM
No wonder you are exhausted playing with Mrs. D's fuschia's in the garden.
Hope you were not overexposed!!!!
An interesting study - I'd never have thought of using a polariser for flower photography!
I do like V3!
P.S. The lead looks does look good and an instance of four working.

dark_lord Plus
16 2.7k 710 England
24 Aug 2017 6:07PM
Four does work, but I think two groups of two on the diagonal helps here. Not so keen on the ones past their best in the background. You could have deadheaded them, if you were allowed to of course...

There's only one occasion where I've used a polariser to shoot flowers (as far as I recall) and that was to enhance the sky. That was in the film days.
It's quite logical really, as plants are non-metallic surfaces so would be ideal for the technique, though as you found out there is a negative effect on shutter speed. Decent higher ISO performance these days can help with that for higher shutter speeds, but not ideal.

Besides, I only have an old Cokin P polariser and I don't think it's of the highest optical quality so I haven't used it in years. The price of a current decent polariser is not encouraging.
dudler Plus
17 1.4k 1741 England
24 Aug 2017 6:44PM
'Not encouraging' - a diplomatic way to put it...
Maiwand 14 3 73 England
24 Aug 2017 7:22PM
Great shots of this lovely flower John.
dimalexa 3 5 Greece
25 Aug 2017 12:39PM
Excellent tests and work at all, John! The color in v.3 is amazing.
I note that with the use of polarizing filter, in v.2, the image seems like there is a soft focus filter, in addition. When I had tried it, to "cut" the reflections of a leaf, I had not mentioned this change. Maybe is from an external cause?
BobinAus Plus
5 2 10 Australia
19 Sep 2017 11:53AM
Hmmmm, I'm a bit undecided. I rather like the reflections in V1 (but I confess a fondness for the sound of over-driven guitars too). The light and colours in V3 are lovely and I think that composition is best too, being weighted to one side of centre while reinforcing the portrait orientation of the frame.

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