Roses – Controlled Lighting

These photo’s were taken in the evening, when I could turn off any external light and all outside light.  I setup a vase of White Roses on our Black Dining Table!  Then I setup a 24X36 Softbox Strobe light and put it up about 8 feet high angled down at a 45 degree angle to the Roses.  In these photo’s I took from many different angles and magnifications.  Additionally, I changed different exposure and Strobe intensity.  using the rear LCD screen on my Nikon D90, I was able to make immediate adjustments to get the effect I was going for.

Plant photography can always be challenging, yet very fun and rewarding.  Almost all the photo’s

had just the right amount of light and angle of light to get the shadow’s or highlights I was looking for.  Once I had my photo’s in Lightroom, I proceeded to look at the composition of the photo and determine how I would crop each photo, based on the background and presentation of the flowers.  For any photographer, these decisions are  your signature!  Many of these photo’s you’ll notice, I applied some Photo Software magic, to soften the photo and either decreases or increase the clarity.  I believe that every photo you take has a story to tell!  One day, I’ll take the best of my work and create a Coffee table book to present this work and then I’ll be ready to tell my story.

Enjoy the photo’s and provide me some feedback and let me know what you think and which one is your favorite.

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    Anyone bought a d5100 yet ? wondered what your views of it are.

    • Dave Larson

      I have been looking at the D5100 myself as a backup camera. It looks very nice, I’ve been contemplating getting it or the D7000, but not sure I want to spend that much on the D7000. So the D5100 looks like a pretty good deal. the 1080p Video is very compelling with the option for the external Mic! I also like what I have read about the Night vision ability as well as built-in HDR photo taking ability. This is a very nice feature to have built-in to this camera.