August 3, 2009 – Kubota Garden

Kubota Garden, Seattle, Washington

Kubota Garden, Seattle, Washington

Monday, August 3, 2009

Hello again everyone, hope you all had a great weekend. Although, even if you did, it probably wasn’t as good as my cousin Deanne’s, since she got engaged. You know, I’m just sayin’.

As many of you know that have been reading the picture of the day for awhile, I like to take a lot of pictures of flowers, despite the fact that I really know very little about them. Take today’s pic for example: I have no clue what kind of flowers these are. I think they’re pretty though. And I can tell without a doubt that they’re white. So, I’m going to go ahead and call them “white flowers”. As in, “Hey, check out those white flowers!” This was taken in the Kubota Garden, which is a fairly large Japanese garden on the south side of Seattle. Well worth the trip, if you’re in the area and have an afternoon to kill.

Now, about the picture. I harp a lot on the topic of depth of field, and that’s really the theme of this picture. Since I was working with limited light (it was almost dusk), I was stuck using a wide-open aperture. This of course meant that my depth of field was extremely limited (especially because the subject was only a couple feet in front of me.) Now, I’m going to point out here exactly why I think this picture isn’t as good as it should be, which really breaks my heart. This blog is supposed to be my way of showing off, of saying “gosh look at this aren’t I just awesome??”, so if I go around pointing out exactly why all of my pictures suck, it’s kind of counter-productive. But, I think it’s worthwhile here.

When I was going through these pictures last night, I settled on two different versions of this picture. I like this one a lot, but it really bugs me how the front petals aren’t in focus. Maybe you didn’t even notice, but it just screams out at me when I look at the picture. And, now that I’ve pointed it out, it’ll probably do the same for you. It’ll suck your eye right in, and just taunt you. The other option was actually razor sharp on those petals, but unfortunately the petals in back (on the top) came out a bit soft. Ignoring the rest of the picture, I liked that better, but that led to the flower in front, which is obviously the subject of the picture, blending in a bit with the rest of them. Whereas here, that nice sharp edge does a really nice job of contrasting foreground against background. It adds the depth to the picture, which I think brings it together. The other one, not so much. Thus, I decided to go with this one.

So now that I’ve explained exactly why you shouldn’t actually like this picture, I’d like to mention that, if you see any pictures here that you particularly like, and you want to use them as your computer’s wallpaper or you want a print or anything, please let me know. I’ve got the original high-res versions easily available for most of them, and I can send them your way. Either leave a comment below, or send me an email: dave (at) davefry (dot) net.


Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, Tamron 28-300 mm VC lens. 1/160s, f/7.1, ISO 200. Focal length: 65mm.

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