Green head of a mallard duck in the sun

Duck Shoot

Last Saturday really looked good for a duck shoot. Golden hour came and went before I surfaced. It was a great sunny day, great for collecting the gear and heading for the local lake

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See the light just right on these orchid flowers.

See the Light

The light falling just right on these white orchid flowers.

Photography is about using the light. It takes practice and experience to see the light on a subject in the way the camera will do. But sometimes it just comes together. I could see the light on these white orchids, coming from a large window facing the morning sun. There was a clear contrast between the direct sunlight and the rest of the flowers, offering both a nice backlit view and an interesting contrast between the orange interior and the white flower.
The 17-50 zoom lens allowed me to get close enough for a reasonable composition. The top photo was the result. A smaller aperture let me capture a sharp picture. The position of the light gave a nice texture to the flower petals contrasted with the orange centres.
Opening the lens to f/2.8 and going to the other side of the flower gave me a backlit view with the background nicely blurred. Desaturated in GIMP, and masked to let the orange through finished the shot below.

Camera Gear

This was shot with a Canon EOS 450D with the Sigma 17-50mm OS EX lens. It is not a macro shot, just as close as I could get with the Sigma.

 

White and orange orchid flowers

White orhid flowers with orange centres