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Longwood Gardens, second take

Posted in 5D Mark II, Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania, Photography by firthefirst on April 15, 2010

I know there are people out there that hate flower photography.  some say it’s cliché, sappy, cheesy, and they’re right.  some say it’s easy.  and they’re wrong.  as with any other type of photography, or anything at all really, getting good is damn hard.  which is why I’m not terribly good at it.

but I’m trying.  today’s set is an exploration of ways of perceiving and expressing the core of a flower rather than the flower as a whole entity

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  1. stephen yang said, on April 15, 2010 at 10:58 am

    dude these are bloody good pictures, don’t know what you’re on about

    • firthefirst said, on April 15, 2010 at 9:58 pm

      thanks dude. we still need to get together sometime foor burgers and beer

  2. Howard said, on April 15, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    I like your selection of whats in focus. Were these shot on a tripod?

    • firthefirst said, on April 15, 2010 at 10:01 pm

      nope … too lazy to haul that out for a day in the park. used the IS on the new 100mm L macro and ratcheted up the ISO to 800 in order to keep the aperture at around f/11 or so

  3. Don Komarechka said, on April 15, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    Good choice of focus here, and nice even lighting. Good stuff! I haven’t taken any wildflower photos yet this year, I should probably get out shooting. 🙂

    • firthefirst said, on April 15, 2010 at 10:03 pm

      thanks Don, I look forward to seeing your wildflower shots, you do really nice work

  4. Laura said, on April 15, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    these are absolutely gorgeous. i think flower juice is about to drip out of my screen

  5. SteveR said, on April 19, 2010 at 11:31 am

    Ahhh. Someone else doing the same thing I am doing!

  6. SteveR said, on April 19, 2010 at 11:35 am

    Sorry. hit enter. I have been getting great shots with my manual Nikon 55mm F2.8 micro. Biggest issues are depth of field and blowing wind. Will try bumping up the ISO on my D300. Still trying it out. Nice orchids on last visit.

    The cool thing is your choice of DOF makes the picture. You can focus on the petals, pollen, etc. for different stories. I keep waiting for a bee.

    • firthefirst said, on April 19, 2010 at 1:29 pm

      wind is quite frustrating. I think murphy’s law of flower photography is, the wind only blows when you’re trying to take a shot. no joke. at longwood everything was still and peaceful while I metered and focused. the second I was ready to hit the shutter the flower would start bobbing like a rubber ducky.

      bees would be very cool

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