Asters

29 10 2009

This is tough season for me. In September when we had an Indian Summer here and trees were slowly turning their colours there was wind all the time and I didn’t take much photos. In that time I didn’t know that it’s going to change…to even worse ­čśŽ Whole October was cold with miserable weather – often rain showers, chilly wind, misty mornings and often not only mornings. As we are used to say: you wouldn’t force even your dog out. As the weather was in misery so was I. Demotivated, frustrated and wanting only to be in warm inside of our house. There was even so low light that any shooting without a tripod was out of question.

I hope that it will be at least a bit better in next weeks and I’ll find enough strength (both physical and mental) to force myself out to take some photos. But with shorter and shorter days it will be impossible soon.

Here are ones of last photos that I took sometimes back in September.

Aster-I

1/250 sec. @ 100 mm, f/10, ISO 200

Aster-II

1/125 sec. @ 100 mm, f/5.6, ISO 200

Aster-III

1/100 sec. @ 100 mm, f/5.6, ISO 200

Technical information: all photos were taken with Canon EOS 450D camera and Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM macro lens under natural conditions.

I was interested by different colours in these asters and by curved thin petals pointing in all the different directions. I think that asters are ideal flowers for macro and close-up floral photography and if you didn’t try to shoot some, give them a try. You’ll by very probably surprised by the results. It’s good to shoot them in no wind because the blossoms are very lightweight and sitting on a thin stem they will move even in the slightest breeze. A good tripod is also very recommended here and I regret that I still don’t own one.

I hope that I will post more photos soon so be sure to come back and check it out.

Until then, enjoy the autumn in its full strength!