Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Back in the States

Sorry folks! I would have loved to update my blog regularly during our stay in Canada, but I had very little access to the internet. And I was having entirely too much fun. This was, without question, one of our best trips ever. The landscapes were gorgeous, the skies were stunning, and the company was great fun. I have hundreds of images to work through, and I'm thoroughly looking forward to processing them. I hope you'll all be patient with me! :)This is a shot of Anemone occidentalis - better known as "Tow-headed Baby" or "Western Anemone" - from Sunshine Meadows in Banff National Park. (Forgive me... I love those fantastic Latin names. I have to admit, though - I look them all up. I don't have a clue what this stuff is called off the top of my head. I guess I just like to pretend I'm smart.) Although the vistas were fantastic, the light was pretty harsh. I found myself noticing small details. The drops of dew on this flower remained only because the flower was in the shade - which meant I had perfect lighting for a macro shot. It takes time to get a shot like this one just right... the flower is blowing in the wind, and focusing for macros can be difficult.

I used my 180mm macro lens to get nice and tight - and made sure the setup was secure on my tripod before worrying about focus. Although standard auto-focus works well enough for wide angle shots, I needed the more precise live-view auto-focus function to make sure focus was spot-on for such a small subject. I had to wait for the wind to die down as well.

I bumped up the ISO to 400 for a faster shutter speed - and managed to get a nice, clean shot at 1/30 sec. I chose f/5.6 to get just enough depth of field... I wanted those droplets nice and sharp, but the background completely blurred.

I'll post lots more from this trip as soon as I can. Hang in there - I'm trying to get caught up! :)

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2 Comments:

OpenID seungkyelee said...

Hi Varina.

Nice to see you had a successfull trip to Canada.
Viewing the photo large really impressed me and I enjoyed it a lot. Very fresh with beautiful light and perfect details.
An image that would be wonderful on a wall.

Hope you are all good and still enjoying the summer.
In Norway the summer has peaked already and from now on it will slowly change to autumn. As for in my favorite mountain areas, the summer has just peaked and I`ll be spending a week in Rondane from next week.

Love your work.

Best regards
Seung Kye

August 6, 2009 at 4:42 AM  
Blogger Varina Patel said...

Thanks, Seung Kye! Have a great time in Rondane - I'll look forward to seeing your photos when you return. I have a whole lot of catching up to do after being away for a week. Argh! :)

August 6, 2009 at 8:42 AM  

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