Rose

I’ve taken some time off, as you can tell. Tomorrow, Monday, I’m back at it. In the meantime, here’s a simple shot of a rose from my front yard.

Exposure: 1/80 sec;   f/9;   ISO 100;  70mm; Pentax K5 with Sigma 70mm f2.8 DG Macro.

I’m not really happy with this shot. I’d like to see it with more “pop” in the colors, but I’m running into a problem with the yellows and reds being over saturated and losing details in the petals if I raise the contrast and/or brightness. I think it also may have to do with my choice of diffuser, in this case a dryer sheet. The flower itself was in direct sunlight with harsh shadows, and the tracing paper I tried initially as a diffuser just seemed to cast everything into dark shadows rather than diffusing the sunlight. So I tried a dryer sheet, which let plenty of light through but also softened it a bit. However, it doesn’t diffuse evenly. Maybe I’ll try again with a white curtain as a diffuser, and try some shots with the pop-up flash and my Pringles can flash extender for some fill-in. Because come on, this flower is way too cool for anything less than a great shot.

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~ by kbfotografix on November 4, 2012.

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