Red Gerbera with Water Drops

Close up of Red Gerbera with water drops stockphoto at Alamy by john rochaCaption:

Red Gerbera with Water Drops.


This is a macro photo of  a Red Gerbera with water drops.

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Photo Comments:

There is a view that photographs of flowers do not do too well on the stock market.

Perhaps this is because there are so many of them.

Perhaps this is because they seem so ordinary.

Anyway from my point of view, I love flowers and I love macro photography.

I’m also happy to say that I have sold a number of flower photos.

My experience is that flower photos need to be a little bit different, perhaps a little bit abstract to do well.

For this photo I decided to go for the close up approach.

This is the equipment I used:

For the macro I used my Canon 5D Mark 11 with my 100mm Canon Macro lens.

This is a great combination – the full frame 21 megapixel sensor can deliver astonishing detail.

I used a favourite Custom Setting of mine with the camera set to manual exposure, mirror lockup and self timer to enable the remote release option.

(Canon have often been accused of hiding the mirror lockup settings away but I find that this can be overcome by adding mirror lockup to the custom settings.)

For lighting I used a softbox on a single Dynaphos  studio flash with a small gold reflector to fill in the shadows.

I put my camera on my Benro Travel Angel Tripod and used Live view to compose the picture.

I’m a recent convert to Live View.

At first I had little use for it but it’s clear that using manual focus and Live View has real advantages in aiding composition and correct focus.

I took a number of shots of the flower before I sprayed some water on it for this effect.

In this type of photography the aperture setting is all important.

I wanted plenty of depth of field but did not want to stop down more than 11/16 as this is where diffraction problems start.

One feature of my flashgun is the ability to change the light output at the twist of dial.

This makes it possible for me to choose my aperture and then check the exposure on the histogram until it’s just right.

Anyway I was pleased with quite a few of my pictures and this is one of my keepers.

For all sorts of reasons most of my stockphotos are rights managed but I often produce flower photos like this one as Royalty Free images.

How to choose the correct licencing for a stock photo is one of the more difficult choices.

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