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Blackberry Lily Partly Open (Belamcanda chinensis)

Posted by
Anita (West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States) on 20 July 2008 in Plant & Nature.

Second in series. Taken outdoors, natural light, tripod, 100mm macro lens.
One of my challenges is getting a sharp focus. Some of the complicating factors are: using wide open aperture with its extremely narrow depth of field; being close to the subject, which further reduces the in focus area; manually focusing, which is necessary for macro work; slow shutter speeds; breezes which move the flowers; not the best eyesight.

KONICA MINOLTA MAXXUM 5D 1/50 second F/4.5 ISO 100 100 mm


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Koushiro~光子郎 from Singapore, Singapore

It's opening! The colours look nicer here too!

20 Jul 2008 9:18am

Betty from New Jersey, United States

Can't wait to see it open!

20 Jul 2008 10:18am

Chris from South Jersey, United States

I always struggle with the types of things you mention for macro work (manual focus, eyesight, breezes). You seem to overcome those challenges every time though - and take some wonderful shots. I love the deep green background on this one, and the strong vertical elements in that deep green....

20 Jul 2008 1:05pm

@Chris: Thanks, Chris. The lily in this photo isn't as sharp as i would like. I posted it because, like you, like the vertical, green background. There are so many things to remember when taking photos, that I find myself concentrating on some and forgetting others!

don from spokane, United States

A fine close up of this beautiful flower. All those factors you mentioned make close up, flower photography outside very tricky. For me, the best solution is to apply the techniques you've mentioned and then shoot many, many shots! :-)

20 Jul 2008 2:30pm

@don: Yes. Good point about taking lots of photos, making small adjustments. When I get impatient, the photos suffer. Thanks!

Cia from Kvänum, Sweden


20 Jul 2008 4:37pm

@Cia: Thank you for visiting and commenting!

saman from BANEH -KURDISTAN, Iran

nice shot

20 Jul 2008 5:41pm

@saman: Thank you for commenting and visiting :-)

Paul Michko from United States

I love the bokeh on this one, Anita,

21 Jul 2008 10:15am

1/50 second
ISO 100
100 mm