Thursday, June 7, 2012

Backyard Blooms

An article in Digital Photography School, titled How To Always Keep A Gray Card At Hand inspired me to experiment with a set of cards that I had bought but not made good use of.  The sun was still bright around 4:30 yesterday evening, so I tried some backyard blooms after adjusting my white balance from a shot of my gray card.

The first thing that I learned is that the light makes it damn near impossible to see the LCD display on the back of my camera well enough to see the menus.  I screwed up the white balance setting.  All was not lost, thankfully, since I was later able to take the light reading from the actual picture of the gray card to adjust all the pictures.

Because I was using a tripod, I was able to incorporate a greater depth-of-field into my shots, stopping down to f/32 and shooting at 1/15th of a second. 

Here are a couple of the better shots:  miniature roses on their second bloom of the summer, and orange daylilies on the edge of my driveway.

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