August 25, 2010 – Orange Daisies

Orange Daisies

Orange Daisies

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Well, okay, whatever, maybe they’re not daisies. Seriously though, what are they?? I don’t know, and none of you ever feel like telling me. So, eff it, they’re daisies.

I like a lot of the elements of this picture. But I’m only posting it today so I can talk about what I *don’t* like about it. Because not only do I feel that it didn’t live up to its potential, I don’t even think it’s a particularly good picture. Why? Well, it’s too dark, and there’s not enough contrast.

For whatever reason, things that are really strongly red or orange really play tricks with the camera sensor. The redness maxes out way too early, leaving the rest of the image a bit dark. I tried to brighten this one up, but when I was able to get it to the point where I was happy with the overall illumination, the deep red and orange petals were way beyond blown out. So, the only way to be able to maintain ANY of that red vs. orange details (which is the most interesting part of those flowers, if you ask me), was to keep it kind of dark like this. And I guess if you’re not looking at it in the context of any other pictures, it’s not too bad. But I’m not super happy with it.

Then, there’s the contrast. I was trying to go for the effect of having those two flowers in front really pop out, but I also wanted to create the idea of them being in the middle of a huge flower bed full of them. Unfortunately, in this result, it’s hard to catch the difference. There’s just not enough of a difference between the in-focus ones and the out-of-focus ones for your eye to grab on to. A lot of times, you can use focus vs. bokeh to provide that contrast that I was going for, but with the strong reds and the lack of a sharp edge on the far petals, in this case they just blend together. Another option would have been to put a little bit of green just above that close flower, I should have gone with that. It’s of course easy to say that now, I just wish I had thought of it then.

Oh well, maybe next time, huh?

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i. Tamron 90mm f/2.8 macro lens. 1/320s, f/9.0, ISO 400.

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  1. avatar
    Jessica August 25, 2010

    I like this picture. Maybe in your mind, it could be better, but I think the petals look velvety and almost like you could feel the smoothness of them if you touched the picture. It reminds me of a daisy, but it also reminds me of a black-eyed susan. I’ve just never seen one that color before.

  2. avatar
    andrea October 14, 2010

    i was just looking through the flower pictures, and i noticed that you don’t know what these are. i’ll tell you. they are zinnias. they come in all different colors, including blue!

    • avatar
      Dave October 18, 2010

      Awesome, thanks for the tip!! I’ll hopefully get a chance soon to go through the archives and correct that.

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