Working the Subject – Example

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The last post discussed working a subject – not quitting after one or two shots. It included a slide show that used a calla lily photographed over a period of four days to illustrate the process.

Here’s another slide show using a cone flower shot over a period of almost an hour this morning. As contrasted with the lily, shot indoors, this was done outdoors which made it marginally more difficult since the lighting, breeze and background each played a bigger role than in the previous controlled indoor studio-like environment.

Note the progression from far to near in the image sequence. Also, compare side by side images that are identical except for their depth of field. Note that increasing the DOF doesn’t usually lead to a better image with closeups such as this flower – rather, it introduces background distractions. We want to compose for the background (more on this is an upcoming post) and introducing a distracting background is not composing for the background. Pause the show with the cursor and examine some side-by-side comparisons and draw your own conclusions.

These images are all straight from the camera. Final keepers, if any, would have slight contrast and/or color adjustments – and possibly flipping of some images for a more aesthetic orientation in terms of viewer eye movement. But – these are where it begins.

This flower was about 10 inches tall. You have to be willing and able to get yourself and your gear (including tripod) down at ground level. (Actually, getting down is the easy part – getting back up is hard.)

Here it is in gallery style if you want more viewing control.

4 thoughts on “Working the Subject – Example

  1. I’ll reinterate what I said last month. With digital cameras, we have the ability to take an almost infinate number of exposures. Couple this with easily attainable effects in programs like Photoshop, and, well… it makes editing a daunting task!
    BTW, great teaching aid, the flower slide shows.
    Travis

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