|1.5 s at f/5.6|
It was completely by accident that I got the lovely colors in the background. It was the brown table cloth and the TV showing in the background.
|1.5 s at f/5.6 - TV in the background|
By moving the flower so it was in front of the window instead, this pretty blue background happened.
|2.0 s at f/6.7 - window in the background|
1 - Keep the flashlight in one spot focused on one flower for the entire exposure. This results in a spotlit flower with the other flowers left in shadow.
|Spotlight without movement |
(same window in the background)
|1/8 s at f/9.5 Paint the flowers with the light|
1 - Perfect stillness. Use a tripod. Use a Remote Shutter Release so you finger doesn't move the camera when the button is pushed. Make sure there is not breeze or someone walking thru the room. And keep Jake (my sweet cat) OFF THE TABLE :)
2 - Use the zoom focus to get the best focus possible. When taking photos that close, the depth of field (or the space where things are focused) gets even smaller.
Lesson - An ordinary flashlight can be used to add light to a non-moving subject. This allows for longer shutter speeds and smaller f-stops.
- 1 Photo a Day....makes me happy (and a better photographer) Bonnie McCaffery (always a student)
Here's links to the equipment I used.