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Macro Photography – Denver Botanic Gardens

One of the problems with Macro Photography is getting the backgrounds right. Some folks will solve this by bringing their own background and placing it behind the subject.  Tony Sweet suggests taking pictures of out of focus flowers and bringing the picture.  Other folks I know will just bring dark cloth.
Orchid at Denver Botanic GardensIn this shot, I solved it by getting very close, and using the flower itself as the background.
My plans that day, was to shoot some flowers to experiment with montages.  When I arrived at Denver Botanic Gardens, I discovered that they are holding an Orchid Showcase.  If you like photographing Orchids, they have a photo contest going on.

While this Orchid isn’t a good candidate for a montage, I have other shots that will work for that and will post one when I get a good one.

 

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Rose Garden Photography in Littleton

Went out at the start of the month with the Front Range Photography meetup group to take pictures of roses. Here’s one of the pictures.

War Memorial Roses in Littleton

War Memorial Roses in Littleton

If you haven’t tried meetup groups, they’re a good way to get out and take pictures of things that you don’t normally shoot. I find that if I have a specified time to get out and take pictures with other folks, I tend not to reschedule photographic expeditions. And the Front Range Photography group is good to do this with. They have a good mix of skills, so if you’re completely confused you can get help. Or if you like to help others, you can enjoy helping someone else. I belong to about 4 meetup groups and if you have a variable schedule no one cares if you only show up at rare intervals.

I was probably a bit amusing to others, since I was using shoot through umbrella to take this picture. So I was using one hand on the camera, and the other on the umbrella to provide shade. Thankfully though, I did have my tripod.

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Orton Effect

When I saw John Shaw about 5 years ago, he was talking about the Orton Effect. The Orton effect is where you sandwich two frames together, one in focus and another out of focus. Some of the Nikon cameras will let you do this in camera. Some of the newer Nikon cameras offer an auto gain function to make this easier. One of the things that is challenging is getting just the right amount of blur.

Orton Effect

Orton Effect


But you can also do this using photoshop using layers.

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New Lens

I know that it’s customary on the internet to celebrate a new lens with a picture of your cat, but since I don’t have  a cat, I went out to take pictures of flowers.  This picture was taken with a Olympus 12-50 mm lens on my E-PL3.

Flowers at McDonalds

Flower’s at McDonalds


I found it interesting that the local McDonalds had better flowers than the park just down the road. My next trip will probably be more night photography, and I’ll post that here.

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Macros – Fine art floral photography

Worked on Macro photography for the fine art course this weekend.  Actually I’ve been using the macro lens for the entire course.  But this time I worked on getting really close.  I decided that since this was primarily black and white anyway, I would just use nature’s lead.

 

Denver Botanic Gardens

Denver Botanic Gardens

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Fine Art Floral Photography

Since I’ve spent some time doing floral photography I came to the conclusion that I should take a class on it.  So I’m taking Fine Art Floral Photography from Tony Sweet through BetterPhoto.  Tony’s work is inspirational.  You can find Tony’s site at http://www/tonysweet.com

This is a picture from the Tropical Room at the Denver Botanic Gardens.  I was using my monopod, with the D800 and the macro lens.

Denver Botanic Gardens

Denver Botanic Gardens

It was a good day to take pictures there. Being the second day of Spring, in Denver it was snowing outside. Other folks had the same idea, there was a cyberpunk group, that were delighted to be in the Tropical Room.

Tony made the comment, that there are two types of folks take up floral photography. Folks who can get extremely specific about the subject, and those who just take the pictures because they’re pretty. I fall into the second class. While my grandmother could have told you everything about the flowers including how to grow them. Her backyard during the summers was always abloom.

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Macro Photography with the D800

Later in during the growing season the Denver Botanic Gardens stays open later in the evening.  I like it since you can avoid the heat of the day and get some better light.

Sunset Flower at Denver Botanic Gardens

Sunset Flower

I started working with Apple Aperture, to see if an Adobe free workflow was as smooth.  Not quite as smooth but workable.