It’s the perfect conditions for flowers, warm weather and plenty of rain. This has really brought out the Day Lilies in my yard and the previous night’s rain also left lots of water drops this morning.
I haven’t quite figured out the best aperture to use on these shots. This image is actually a combination of two exposures. The flower is at f-11 and the background is f-6.3. I took a series of exposures and couldn’t really find a sweet spot where the whole flower was sharp and the background was blurred out. I guess I will need to keep trying on this.
Mike Moats told us at his Boot Camp about printing out blurred images and putting them on a backing to put behind subjects and block out distracting backgrounds. In this case, I don’t mind the background itself but it was competing way too much with the shot that got all the flower detail. So, this time I went to Photoshop to get a combination of the two. Maybe that was the only choice for this shot. I’m not sure.
Summer Day Lily
Roswell, Georgia, USA
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/11 – 1/50 sec – ISO 200