We have flowers in our house whole year, for example orchids, but there are some flowers which appear there only during some seasons – primulas and hyacinths in the early spring, followed by tulips and daffodils as spring proceeds, then roses, lilies, gladiolas during summer and chrysanthemums when rainy autumn days come. With winter we always buy a christmas cactus, poinsettia and cyclamen. The last named is my winter favourite. With many blossoms, beautiful immaculate petals and unexpected swirls they are constantly drawing my attention. Unfortunately, they never last long. It does not matter if we have them in a bedroom, living room or cold washroom the cyclamen flower never lasts more than couple weeks in our house.
This winter I had dreamed about a specific cyclamen photo for more than a month and so when I saw nice flowers in a shop I bought two of them, both beautifully blooming. Unfortunately, I got sick just the day after I bought them and they slowly started to fade, as usually. After a week I felt a bit better, well enough to keep a camera in my hands , and fortunately one of those 2 flowers still had some nice blossoms so I took my chance and you can see the result below. With petals more twisted it would be exactly the photo I had dreamed about.
~ 2 sec @ 100 mm, f/10, ISO 100 ~
I decided for more shallow DOF (only 10) because I like how the farther petals “dissolve” into the background. When I had this “dreamed” photo I tried to exchange the background for a black one and result is also interesting.
~ 6 sec. @ 100 mm, f/20, ISO 100 ~
It’s interesting to see how much different these 2 images seem to be even though the real differences are very small. I think this is very nice exercise for training viewer’s perception. Let me know which version do you prefer and why.
You can also see my cyclamen photos from previous winter here.
I hope you all had wonderful Christmas and I wish you Happy New Year 2011!
Technical information: all photos in this post were taken with Canon EOS 450D camera and Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM macro lens mounted on a tripod, under natural conditions.