New Photos – Sunflower
An open sunflower against a sky background.
I love flowers and photographing flowers.
And there’s something about sunflowers… Perhaps it’s the vibrant colours, the symmetry or the varied textures.
As far as this sunflower is concerned it’s a gift.
Here in Bulgaria, flowers are given for special occasions. And always in odd numbers.
I had a special reason for taking this photo.
I’m looking for photos to illustrate an e book I’m planning based on my articles on sharper photos.
There are lots of approaches to flower photography – sometimes with dreamy soft focus effects.
Still, the idea here was to be as sharp as possible.
I tried natural lighting but in the end went for a studio shot where I could control things better.
As a background I used one of a number of sky shots that I have taken specially.
For the main lighting I used a softbox and studio flash.
I used a gold reflector to throw a little light into the shadows though I wanted to keep the emphasis on the main flower.
I took a chance with this shot by stopping down to f16.
I used my favourite Canon 100mm macro lens for this shot and took a chance on the diffraction problems to get the greatest depth of field.
I was looking for all over sharpness in the centre of the picture and needed maximum Depth of Field (DOF).
I think this was the result I wanted.