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After a Shower.

By paulbroad
Fairly basic stuff. Hand held with OS on and focal length about 200mm (320mm) ISO400. A row of Tulips in my in-laws garden. Looked good as I got out of the car, so took a few shots. Intending for this bllom to stand out with sharp droplets where it mattered?

Would have liked a bit of back light, but none available.

EOS 7D with 18/250 Sigma OS. About 1/350 @ f8.

Tags: Rain Water Tulip Flowers and plants Shower Droplets

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Sooty_1 7 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
18 Apr 2012 3:23PM
You seem to have most of the droplets around the rim of the flower, and these stand out well, but the light is in the wrong place to capture them on the front, and I can only see a few small ones.

The out of focus background doesn't allow the main subject to stand out because the colour is too vibrant. A plain green background would be far more sympathetic and add impact, though the shot is exposed ok and sharp enough.
Getting closer with a wider angle would have helped blur the background more, as would a larger aperture, though the colour would still have been there.
As the light seems predominently from the back right, a white reflector front left (at about 45 deg) would have lightened the front of the bloom and allowed more delicate structure to be seen.

In shots like this, it is good practice to move around the bloom and see what it looks like from various angles - if you need to move anything to make it better, then so be it!


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DeeWee 8 8 1 England
18 Apr 2012 3:35PM
I love it- but then am partial to flower pics! Love the 'droplets', vibrant colour of the tulip and shallow depth of field. I would be very proud if I had taken a pic as good as this! Thanks for the inspiration.Smile
paulbroad 10 123 1243 United Kingdom
18 Apr 2012 5:03PM
Thanks for the comments. As I said, a fairly basic shot which could have been a bit better, although getting closer with a wide angle will not necessarily make the background more blurred but might actually do the opposite. You can't see many droplets on the front because they are not there.

NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
18 Apr 2012 5:06PM
A beautiful flower, fantastic colour, great detail, superbly captured. Love the raindrops, and the opening narrative.

Regards Nathan
mhfore 11 6 176 England
18 Apr 2012 7:58PM
Hi Paul,

Have you thought about a crop on the right hand side which will not only place the stem in the middle but also remove some of that dead area ? I know your aware of high pass so I've added 0.9 and "Hard Light" to make the droplets pop a little.

Take care

SueEley 12 279 96 Wales
18 Apr 2012 9:41PM
I think maybe cropping in more closely on the main bloom (and possibly using a square crop) might minimise the distractions. But it's a nice shot!
Sooty_1 7 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2012 8:44AM
Just done a quick calculation, comparing 200mm at 2m to 50mm at 0.5m (image same size in frame, aperture the same f/8). Depth of field is approximately the same, but the perspective will change as you've moved closer to the subject, making the background relatively further from the tulip, and thus less imposing in the frame.

paulbroad 10 123 1243 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2012 7:20AM
Like both the mods. Just shows how many images are available from one shot! The background issue is interesting and I naturally accept the comments. The shot was taken to include the background to show there were a lot of blooms with just one isolated - so it's a case of are they distractions or not? Both yes and no are correct depending on preference.


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