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.
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