01.09.22: White iris up close

Close view of a white iris, Hilliard, Ohio.

Close view of a white iris, Hilliard, Ohio.

Finding detail along a petal’s edge

Tech specs

  • Date/time: May 30, 2005 2:26 PM   
  • Camera: Canon EOS 20D
  • Lens: 100.0 mm 
  • Focal length: 100mm
  • Aperture: f/13
  • Shutter: 1/320 second
  • ISO: 400

When I have my camera and see a flower in an interesting setting I’m often attracted by the colors I’ll capture in the scene.

But in this case I was attracted by the challenge.

We have a collection of white irises that bloom each spring beside our house. I happened to walk past them one afternoon and liked how the light was covering the scene so I grabbed my camera and tried to get some shots.

In this case, color wasn’t the focus. Instead I was working with lights and shadows and textures.

I ended up getting a nice collection of photos of the petals, although some did show touches of yellow or purplish-blue deep in the flower. But I particularly liked this photo showing the edge of a white petal against a defocused background of white petals.

I was using a macro (or close-up) lens for this photo. I don’t often get the opportunity to put a macro lens on my camera to get photographs of flowers. Most of the flower photos in my files were taken while I’m out shooting wildlife, so I’m about 15 feet from the plants using a telephoto lens.

But for this photo I used my Canon EF 100mm f/2.8. A macro lens allows a photographer to get very close to the subject, capturing detail that may be missed in photos captured from a distance.

This shot was handheld on a breezy day, which made shooting macro images difficult. A slight movement by the flower looks like a big movement when the camera and lens are close.

Most of the flower photos in my files were taken while I’m out shooting wildlife, so I’m about 15 feet from the plants using a telephoto lens.

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