I bought these flowers at my local grocery for $4.00. The background is black foamcore trifold available at office supply stores and others. The base is a card table. I used the Magic Water Gels (see 2/17/18 post) to keep the flowers steady in the small vase with some HandiTak… a gummy substance you can find with glues at craft or hardware stores.
Natural light was my only light. I added a light flare to one images, otherwise no real post processing. You can have fun any time with just a few flowers!
Canon 5D Mark II with Lensbaby Velvet 56.
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All of these images were photographed with my Canon 5D Mark II and a Tamron 90mm macro lens.
The upper left is the original photo using a background of greenery I photographed defocused to get the blur of color. I printed the image and mounted it on foamcore to use indoors or in the garden.
The flower is a Frizzle Sizzle pansy. I was buying some plants at a local nursery and they were getting ready to dump a whole flat (18 – 4″ plants). Lucky me… she gave me the whole flat! The plants needed a some cleaning up but it didn’t take me long and they now surround my mailbox. Love the ruffly edge.
Circular motion, handheld.
There are so many ways to use a slow shutter speed for creative effects. Today I set up a white piece of foamcore behind some flowers held by a plamp.
Up and down, texture overlay
Then I moved the camera handheld up, down, around… all different motions.
You get all different effects. Since I enjoy creating greeting cards, I did some where I had plenty of white space too.
I also put the camera on a tripod and moved the flower with my hand in some of the images. Generally I’m shooting at 100 ISO with 1/3 second and f/8. My lighting was from an overhead tungsten bulb and two softboxes’ modeling lights… no flash.