Peony triptych

22 06 2012

Peonies are another flowers of which I didn’t take any decent photos in past years. The right time for them is over for this year but this time I took something presentable. I was always discouraged to photograph them maybe because they are usually swarmed by ants or maybe because they bloom so shortly. Whole peony brush blooms out in couple of days.

Click on each photo to see them in higher resolution for best details. The bigger the better it looks.

~ Petal by Petal ~
1/40 (0.3) sec @ 100 mm, f/2.8 (f/10), ISO 100

My wife cut one bud (it’s perhaps the only way how to get a blossom without ants) and put it into vase so I had time to shoot it inside. I was surprised how quickly the “inner petals” open. When taking the photo above, I took it several times with different apertures and even though the photos were taken only in span of seconds, it was nicely noticable how the petals open. This photo is a trick for your eyes, it’s a combination of two shots, one with aperture f/10 used for parts in focus and complemented by out of focus areas from a photo taken on f/2.8. Now you may be wondering why I simply did not use only the shot with f/2.8 and my answer is that it just didn’t look right. I really like these curvy fragile inner petals and I think that they look best not yet fully open.

~ Guardians of the Sweet Mana ~
1 sec @ 100 mm, f/14, ISO 100

This is another view on those beautifully coloured petals. I love how there is always another row of them after previous one. Like, like… well, shark teeth probably isn’t best for copmparison but it’s the only one coming to my mind. The title I used relates to the popularity of this flower among ants. There must be something amazingly delicisous inside of them.

~ Shades of pink ~
1 sec @ 100 mm, f/14, ISO 100

Another different angle of view on this wonderful flower. Is it bothering that not everything is in focus?

When I was post processing these photos I watched them aligned in a row and I noticed that they make a nice triptych. It’s not perfect but I think it really matches together. What do you think?

~ Peony triptych ~

That is all for today, more photos are waiting for processing

Have a wonderfull summer time (and midsummer by the way) and do not forget to practice with your camera.

Technical information: all photos in this post were taken with Canon EOS 450D camera and Canon EF 100mm USM macro lens mounted to a tripod, under natural conditions, indoors.


Awakening interest

9 02 2011

My goal in photography for this year is to start offering my images for sale. I am thinking about the best way how to do it for some time now and it lead me to a question: how to attract possible viewers? How to awaken interest for my photos in them?

I don’t plan to make photography for a living. I want to take photos as I’ve been doing and I also think that my photos can make someone’s living place nicer or it can just make someone happy so why not to offer a print to them?

I’m thinking about possible communication channels which I can use for promoting my work not only for sale purposes but also for “showing my work to wider audience” because if something makes me happy in photography, it’s not when I take a good photo but it’s when others appreciate it or, on the other hand,  pinpoint to my faults so I can avoid them in future.

1.6 sec. @ 100mm, f/20, ISO 100

I am already using some ways of promoting my work such as posting on this blog, posting on flickr and sporadical posting on some forums of photographic communities. I must say that I was quite happy with my achievements in past but now I’d like to move a bit further.

When I was thinking about possible things that I can do, I got to a following list:

  • Posting photos on well known photo forums such as
    I did this in past but the community is usually either so diverse or often so huge that it’s almost impossible to “be spotted” with so specific sort of photography that I’m creating. 

  • Create my own web page only about my photography.
    This is something I am seriously considering to do during this year. 

  • Organize a photo show in some gallery or public place.
    This is something that some of my friends and fellow photographers did and do but I don’t feel for it. I feel that the time and energy spent on organizing such an event will not pay back. Maybe I’m wrong. 

  • Offer my photos to some image bank or to a company printing photographs.
    This is also something I’m seriously considering. I plan to offer my photos via printing firm with which I have great recent experience and which offers reselling  photographers’ work. 

  • Harold Davis in his great article “Finding an Audience for Your photos” published on mentions e.g. promoting your work by sending emails to a possible audience group but I would really feel like a travelling salesman when doing this which idea does not makes me very happy.
  • Searching for web sites of other photographers and commenting their work hoping for gaining some attention of the photographer and her/his readers.
    I used this in past and I gained attention of some of you this way, for which I am very happy, but in general I think that this doesn’t work and it is quite time consuming. You can get few new contacts but very probably not more.
  • I can’t forget to mention social networks such as twitter or facebook.
    We hear about them all the time but to be honest nothing convinced me to use them so far. I see them as another black hole consuming more of my free time which can be spent more reasonably. Maybe I don’t only know what I am missing?
  • Last thing which comes to my mind now is participation in some photo contest.
    This is quite hard for me because of specific kind of photography I am focusing on. Most of contests that I saw had wide range of topics (portrait, macro, landscape, wildlife etc.) or only one topic but quite general such as “nature”. It is truth that I haven’t searched for any specific contests though. I can imagine that positioning in top part of some rather known contest is good door-opener to wider audience.

1/25 sec. @ 100mm, f/2.8, ISO 100

Now I would like to ask you for sharing your thoughts about this. I guess that some of you were or are dealing with the same question and I would like to know your experience and recommendations on what may work and what not.

Thank you for your tips in advance and enjoy winter!

Technical information: all photographies in this post were taken with Canon EOS 450D camera and Canon EF 100mm USM macro lens mounted to a tripod, in natural conditions, indoors.

Bloody Dahlia

4 11 2009

I used to post more photos in one post in mini series connected by theme or object but sometimes the result of taking photos is only one good image and so far I haven’t presented these “singles”. So here is the first one (see larger, please):


1/100 sec. @ 100 mm, f/3.2, ISO 200

Technical information: photo was taken with Canon EOS450D camera and Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM macro lens, hand held, in natural conditions. Post-processing contained levels and contrast adjustments in PS CS3 and intensity of red colour was decreased by value -10 on 255 scale.

We have few mini Dahlias (I don’t know proper name) in a garden, each around 30cm high with blossoms around 5cm in diameter. They are in bright colours of red and yellow and as the blossoms are so small they are not very good for abstract images I like to take. I was attracted by inner curved petals in this one and also by the contrast between bright yellow and bright red. The magnification here was something around 1.5:1.

Hope you like it. Any suggestions for improvements are warmly welcome! Is the red too powerful, too bright?

Enjoy the first snow as I do today!