The stories behind many of my photographs include trips to various cities, parks or sporting events.
This one isn't as interesting. It involves walking out my backdoor and standing on the deck. That's where I was when I noticed this geranium about to bloom. I thought it could make an interesting photo so I grabbed my camera, attached a macro lens for close-up photography and studied the geranium to find the best angle for the shot.
I liked how the one bloom extended beyond the others and decided that bloom needed to be the focal point. But I also wanted other blooms to be visible and in focus. So I backed off a bit to show more of the plant stem, dialed in a smaller aperture to increase the depth of field to keep both the primary bloom and foreground blooms in focus, then shot.
The backlight provided by the early-evening sun highlights the hairs on the blooms and the stem. It also helps separate the greens of the geranium from the greens in the background.
I enjoy travelling to different locations for photography. But sometimes good subjects can be found right outside my door.
Date: June 30, 2006 6:49 pm
Camera: Canon EOS 20D
Lens: Canon EF 100 f/2.8
Shutter: 1/40th second