Fashion maven Bill Blass is quoted as saying, “Red is the ultimate cure for sadness.” That probably explains the constant smile and positive outlook of a colleague of mine, who is an avid gardener, and keeps this gorgeous Amaryllis growing on the windowsill of her office. It blooms every spring and this past April, I couldn’t resist making a few images.
My Nikon 18-200 lens was zoomed to it’s full length and was focused on the stamen and pistil of the flower. Normally at an aperture of f/5.6, you wouldn’t get such a narrow depth of field, but at this long focal length of the lens, the DOF compresses further, giving us that tight focus. Shutter speed on my Nikon D90 was 1/200 second, and I adjusted the exposure compensation +2/3 EV since the flower was in front of a window and there was a lot of backlighting. I needed to brighten the flower a bit so by EV’ing up I was able to override the camera’s meter slightly. For more on exposure compensation, you might want to read this post.
Finishing touches consisting of the drop shadow frame were added at Picnik.com. If you haven’t already, you might want to try this free and easy online editor. Picnik is integrated to both my SmugMug hosted site and Picasa, so I’ve been known to occasionally swing by their for a quick touch up or to add an effect.
I hope you have a red banner day. Posted by Ed