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Wild Oryza Sativa

By eightpixels
After a lunch yesterday I was in my garden and this solitary rice plant next to the fence caught my attention. Tried this shot with shade WB. I showed this to my friend who suggested to have used some dark background card. Have noted it. Any further ideas folks?

Tags: Nature Pattern Close-up and macro Rice

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iancrowson Plus
10 215 167 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2013 10:33AM
Interesting image. As you already know a very distracting background.
Your friend's suggestion was good. If you used a plain card background not only would the background be improved also a much smaller aperture could be used to allow a greater depth of field (more in focus front to back) so allow all of the heads to be in sharp focus.
An alternative possibility is to move the branch/stem to give a different background. Ideally if you can position the camera and subject to give a distance plain, say all green, background. This would then appear out of focus and nicely blurred.
Use clothe pegs, bits of wire etc to hold the stem of the flower.
regards
Ian

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paulbroad 12 131 1288 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2013 11:10AM
You need more depth of field to get the whole bloom sharp. You are using a compact, but it should go down to f8 on aperture priority. That would improve things providing the camera focuses on the ideal point.

Paul
pamelajean Plus
14 1.3k 2116 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2013 4:48PM
I don't find the fence background too distracting, Krishna, because it has a neutral colour, is quite uniform in pattern, uncomplicated, and nicely blurred. It also has a vertical pattern and the flower follows the downward direction and lines.
A lot of wild flowers are shot in situ, and so you have to constantly be aware of your background. The positioning of yourself and your subject can enhance the background blur. You want to, ideally, close the distance between the camera and subject but have as much distance as possible between your subject and the background. Here, the fence is quite close to the flower, but you probably didn't want to pick it or move it.

The vertical format is obviously ideal for the shape of this plant. If possible, try to have the stem emanating from the corner. You could have managed this if you hadn't included the little bits of bud at the top.

Your chosen aperture has rendered the fence fairly diffused, but isn't the best aperture for the flower because there is only a small part of it in focus. However, if this is the effect you were looking for, and many flower photographers like it, then I would suggest focusing further down so that the bottom of the flower is sharper than the top, rather than having the focus in the centre, but the choice is yours. A smaller aperture would give you greater depth of field, but the fence could also become better focused, which isn't what you want.

Your friend is right, if you make your own background, it makes life so much easier. For small subjects such as plants, you can use pieces of card, paper or material as backgrounds for your shots, hiding the fence behind it. I have found that some rolled up pieces of non-reflective material are easier to pack into my camera bag. When I take a stack of coloured card, my partner has to keep them in his rucksack.

The "shade" White Balance has worked well and the colours are good. This setting tends to warm things up.

Pamela.
24 Aug 2013 12:35PM
Thanks all.

Pamela, thank you for you detailed critic and yes you are right. I just didn't want to pluck it and try a shot at a different place. I thought I might disturb the delicate plant. I have now decided to buy some coloured gel cards.

I used this aperture to blur the background but as pointed by all of you, it didn't work as it blurred parts of the subject and the background is not far enough.

I thought I should try the shot again but things have changed!

Thank you folks once again for your time.

Krishna

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