Photography-Flowers and Backgrounds

Two yellow flowers, two different backgrounds.

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With the summer days quickly flying by, I decided to visit the Chicago Botanic Gardens to photograph flowers. My focus was to isolate a flower and pay attention to background. At the time of capture I honestly had nothing in mind in choosing a background. But, after reviewing, discovered color can really impact the mood of an image especially when photographing flowers…two yellow flowers, two different backgrounds evoke two different moods.

Snapseed – add an effect to image background

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After many years of traditional photo editing, sometimes I just want to get a little creative in processing my images and achieve a different look. In SnapseedĀ® there are a variety of Looks and Tools to achieve many different effects.

In processing the two photos above, the editing Tools and adjustment/brush settings used are the same. As you can see, the outcome is very different. The bird image is much more subdued while the dog image contrast is much stronger. The beauty of Snapseed edits is that they can be changed at any time during the editing process by fine tuning the edit adjustments or by brushing out the adjustment in different strengths or all together in select areas.

Workflow Processing steps to achieve this effect are shown below. To see a demonstration: WATCH VIDEO.

Background effect

Flower Photography – Macro Lens Mount Adapters

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f/2.8; 1/100 sec; ISO-1250; 60mm – Sony a6000 and Canon 60mm macro lens.

Recently, I decided to step out of my comfort zone and purchased a Sony mirrorless camera. You could label me as “brand loyal” when it comes to Canon cameras. I know how they work, am very comfortable with settings, menus, etc. My motivation – we do a lot of traveling and am tired of lugging heavy camera equipment.Ā 

To my surprise, the Sony menu is not very user friendly, and the learning curve for me was very time consuming. But, I must say it takes an incredibly sharp photograph for the price point.

The one component I didn’t research very well was the expense and availability of Sony lenses. Do your homework on lens availability before you buy! The next best option for me was to find a lens mount adapter to allow me to use some of my Canon lenses with a Sony camera. Although the adapter doesn’t work with all of my Canon lenses, it works with the ones I use most often. It arrived today and given it was 7 degrees outside, I decided to do a quick shoot in my kitchen using the Sony camera with a Canon 60mm macro lens.