Common Zinnia (Zinnia elegans)
James Ranch Garden, Xenia, Ohio
"In joy or sadness, flowers are our constant friends.” - Okakura Kakuzo
Keeping ideas flowing while out in the field, this perspective was an idea I had while examining my subject. The cultivated zinnia flowers with their many different colors proved to be a viable use of my time and camera. In this macro photo, I applied some techniques of "soft focus" and shooting at an angle. Focusing partways through the flower created an ethereal look with a wider aperture of f/5.6. Zoomed in at 50mm on a crop sensor would've been 77mm on a 35mm camera.
A shutter speed of 1/60 of a second mounted on a tripod worked in allowing enough light in. There was no wind to create unwanted blur. ISO 800 provided enough light into the DSLR on this overcast day where there isn't too much. This was my ideal conditions in the moment as a bright sunny day would spell harsh lighting and ruin the entire image. Here the the diffused look was much more acceptable. Flowers are a patient subject to photograph yet ever so rewarding.
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