Summary – I enjoy both floral and abstract photography. What could be better than putting them both together? Here’s a small gallery with a lone Christmas cactus blossom as the star. The images illustrate the importance of subject isolation in making abstracts.
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Nikon D300, 75-300 lens, 1.4 X TC, Canon 500D closeup lens, circular polarizer, tripod, remote cable release, manual focus, aperture priority (plus manual EV), natural light, white backdrop
Not the greatest examples; just experimenting with techniques
These are found abstracts (as opposed to created)
Found are the more difficult of the two IMO
Shot for about an hour averaging one every two minutes
Slow down; seeing takes time
Get up close; fill frame; slowly pan while changing focus
Pleasant surprises await you when doing this
To my eye, these images are abstracts
The user survey in a recent post
Suggests most viewers would agree
They were made entirely in camera (no post-processing)
Small parts of the flowers were isolated by
Using macro techniques
Coupled with camera position/angle
Those parts were isolated even further by
Using high-key exposure
2-3 stops over-exposed
Isolation is a key element in the
Making of abstract images
This is an area where
Camera technique & craftsmanship
Play an important role
Lens selection is also important
For example – Isolation with a wide-angle lens???
A good challenge for the interested reader
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