At last… Spring!

Purple Crocus in the setting sun

Sunday afternoon, about 5pm, I had just come out the front door and spotted these brave little crocuses (crocii?), raising themselves after a record cold and snowy winter.  It was a sight to behold!  Shot with my Nikon D90, at f5.6, 1/200 sec, focal length 200mm.  The sun was low and setting behind me, and I wanted this full side view.  But in order to not cast a shadow, (and if you know me, I cast a big shadow), I had to back far enough away, hence I relied on the maximum reach of my Nikon 18-200mm zoom.

Purple Crocus, top-down view

This top-down shot was taken at f7.1, 1/80 sec, focal length 120mm, same camera and lens.  I was taking a chance shooting at this focal length/shutter speed/aperture combination, but I needed that aperture to get the desired DOF.  Since my shutter speed was below the rule of thumb of  1/focal length, I had to hold steady and wait for the slightest breeze to subside.  I could have upped the ISO and probably should have to allow me to coax that shutter speed up some.  But I was pleased with the results. 

Both images are straight out of camera (SOOC) except for crop and frames added in Picnik

What do you think?                                                           – Posted by Ed

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4 Responses to At last… Spring!

  1. arthill says:

    Gorgeous stuff. I think the rule of thumb with 1/focal length gets relaxed a couple of stops with VR or IS, don’t you?

    • Ed Spadoni says:

      Yes, Nikon claims 4 stops but I think that’s very optimistic. But I also have read that when using a crop sensor, you need to increase the focal length and hence the shutter speed accordingly. So if 200mm is really 300mm equiv, then you should shoot at 1/300. So I think of that as offsetting the gain of using VR. Thanks Art, Ed

  2. 2guysphoto says:

    Nice shots, Ed. Very hard to believe these were straight out of camera… particularly the second. Super sharp and bright… and it looks as though there’s been a saturation boost. Seems as though that Nikon sensor paired up with the more than capable 18-200 were up to the challenge.


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