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Iris - taken yesterday evening - shadows from the tree causing some problems.

By Tianshi_angie
This seems to be a little better to me.

Tags: Iris Flowers and plants

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capto Plus
8 6.6k 25 United Kingdom
16 May 2020 3:15PM
Not always easy when shooting in garden, you can't always get the angle or the background as you would like, not to mention the light and shadows. If it's your own garden and you can spare a stem to take indoors, more control is possible.
I have done a mod....selected the bloom and did a few tweaks in PS, then added just a little blur and vignette to the bg.
banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4227 Canada
16 May 2020 3:54PM
Its a good shot.
You can increase exposure somewhat at the expense of a brighter petal where the Sun is at the time of shooting, - move the meters needle to the right of centre, or in post processing where you can increase exposure while retailing the highlights on the left, as in the mod.


dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1832 England
16 May 2020 4:03PM
One option is to zoom in, and photograph only one part of the plant: a detail. It doesn't come naturally to most people, but it can be highly effective.
dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 761 England
16 May 2020 6:43PM
Using f/11 has rendered the background softer and so less intrusive but with enough structure to identify a garden environment, so that's good.

Looking at ivor;s mod, which while it owes a lot to post processing, I think f/8 would still provide sufficient depth of field and allow a more diffuse bacvkground.
Try several different apertures and compare later when you're comortably sitting down.

Taking the flower in shadow also helps to make contrast more maneagable but you need to have the entire flower in shade, not part in shade and part in sun. Having said that, the evening light you had here (shadow aside) is much softer than midday and warmer too so will illuminate the flower very attractively. I guess 10 or 15 minutes either way from the time this was taken the flower would be fully illuminated.
16 May 2020 8:05PM
I am pleased the background is less intrusive. The fence is an eyesore but not much I can do about it. I have tried masking it with a large sheet of black or cream card - which works to some extent. I think that to get this particular Iris in the soft evening light may be impossible as the tree which is adding shadows is quite large and needs pruning badly. It is on a very long list of things to do Sad And in early morning light it would be completely in shade until the sun is quite high and being very bright. The bed face South West and at the back of the bed is a high fence with bushes above and then a large house, so the sun is high in the sky before it reaches this bed. Thank you for your comments and your time. I hope I have learned a great deal.
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1832 England
16 May 2020 10:45PM
I'm a great believer in the power of good lens and viewpoint choice - not infallible, but often useful.

I know, from a previous comment, that you have at least one other lens - can you tell us what you have available?
17 May 2020 9:42AM
Yes I have the FE 3.5-5..6 / 28-70 and the FE3.5-6.3 / 24-240. I do also have a sigma lens but it is way too heavy for me to hold. I have a converter so that I can use the lenses which I have for the 850 the longest zoom on those two was Tamron 28-300 / 3.5-6.3.and the other one for closer work Tamron 28 - 75 / F 2.8

I changed the lens to the 24-240 yesterday evening and I am just about to post an Iris from that shoot. Unfortunately the bronze iris is now past its best.
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1832 England
17 May 2020 9:54AM
OK, that's helpful.

I have a suggestion, if you ever consider buying a further lens. I'm not a fan of zoom lenses, and rarely use them. I love the current range of Samyang AF optics for Sony: unlike Sony and Sigma lenses, they are small and light: I currently own 24mm, 45mm and 14mm examples. And I'm tempted by the new 75mm f/1.8 - but as I already have a Sony 85mm f/1.8 which is stunningly good, that seems extravagant, even by my photographic standards...

I suspect that you'd find any of these lenses a revelation in terms of what it can do, sheer quality, and light weight. You may have good reason, given mobility issues, to stick to a zoom, but in terms of portability, fixed focal length lenses tend to be the best...
17 May 2020 10:01AM
That is useful, thank you - I will look at them and decide whether my purse can take the impact. I have to buy a new car, when I can get out and about again, as mine is now 17 years old and becoming a worry. I have decided to sell the sigma so maybe I can use the money from that.
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1832 England
17 May 2020 10:52AM
One further thing - if you buy secondhand from a reputable source you will save a lot and have no problems (I'll mention LCE Derby, Wex, and Ffordes in particular, because each has repeatedly sold me excellent stuff that has had a previous owner: even equipment described as 'marked' has performed faultlessly. Other reputable suppliers exist, but I haven't spent a lot with them!).

The Samyang lenses are notably cheap - as well as being much smaller and lighter than the Sony and Sigma equivalents. The performance is always good, and often outstanding - look at the review of the 75mm at the top of this webpage...
17 May 2020 11:04AM
That is very useful knowledge to have - finding somewhere in Dorset has been impossible especially in the last few years when so many shops have closed. I have shopped with Wex in the past and the 850 I bought from China as an import - never have had any problems with it. Thanks for your help.

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