Photography – Water Lily Reflection

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Life is only a reflection of what we allow ourselves to see.

This photograph was taken at Butchart Gardens in Canada. It had been raining on and off that morning and the lighting was perfect for capturing reflections in the water.

Although the water lily was my initial focus, in my opinion, the most interesting subject in this image is the petals causing a ripple in the water. Photograph details: f/11; 1/60; ISO 200.

I discovered that shooting in Aperture Priority between f/8-f/11 at 1/60 or above and ISO 100- 400 produces the clearest, sharpest flower images.

 

Photography – Water Drops

 

Water Drop“On one drop of water are found all the secrets of the universe”, Kahil Gibran

This was a very fun photo shoot. There was this leafy plant in my family room. I decided to  spray the leaves. I set up my tripod and attached my macro lens to my camera. Then the shoot began. Lighting was not a concern. There was plenty of natural light streaming in from the windows where the plant was placed.

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In shooting macro the best tips that were passed along to me were:

 – shoot in aperture priority mode using manual focus

 – shoot in live view and magnify the area you are focusing in on

 – place a diopter (magnifier) over the live view screen to further focus in the subject

 

Macro Lens; manual focus;1/4 sec; ISO100