Just add water

It is amazing how a little water can make things more interesting.  These day lilies are beautiful all on their own but adding water drops make the image quite different.  Those little spots of water shining in the sun and dripping off the edges adds another layer of things to look at.

Some photographers carry spray bottles or splash pond water onto subjects they are shooting.  I guess that is fine but I prefer to see this when it occurs naturally.  Catching the early morning dew or times just after a rain are wonderful.  These times also seem to have more interesting light in general so it is a great opportunity to get special images.

There’s no substitute for great light and an interesting subject.  With a little luck, you might get some water elements included.  This is the best!

Atlanta Botanical Garden
Gainesville, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
270mm @ f/16 – 1/40 sec – ISO 400

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Jewel of the Lily Pond

The Lily Pond at the Atlanta Botanical Garden in Gainesville is a serene spot that invites visitors to sit happily and enjoy the scenery.  This is one of the many beautiful blossoms that we saw on our visit last weekend.  It’s definitely somewhere we will go back to hopefully, soon.

Atlanta Botanical Garden
Gainesville, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
210mm @ f/10 – 1/250 sec – ISO 400

My Daylilies are blooming

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

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/11 – 1/50 sec – ISO 200