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An Evening Shoot

dahlia1If you read my last post, you know I have been frustrated by not having time to go out and shoot. I’m still pretty busy with other stuff, but did find a few hours last Thursday to sneak out with the camera. The evening sky was partially overcast with light clouds, which provided a nice diffuse, low-contrast light. The air as still. A perfect evening for macro flower shots. Luckily, I live less than two miles from one of the nicest dahlia and rose gardens in the Puget Sound region. I grabbed the gear and headed over to Point Defiance Park.

As I was entering the gate to the garden (the garden is surrounded by a 10-foot tall fence to keep the deer out), a gardener was coming out. She told me they had just dead-headed the whole garden and it was in prime condition. I couldn’t have picked a better time. The dahlia blooms did look like they were in their prime, as were most the roses. I set up the tripod, slapped on a 100-mm macro lens and some extension tubes and lost myself in the work. Perfect!

I wasn’t the only photographer there that night, there were three portrait photographers in the garden, two doing senior-high photos and one was shooting two young children (I don’t envy that poor photog). They were making money, and may or may not being enjoying their work. I was not making money, it is highly unlikely I will ever sell any of the images I made that night, instead I was enjoying my craft and saving my sanity.

Occasionally, there was the slightest breath of a breeze, slightly moving the blossoms. I turned up the ISO a couple stops to keep the shutter speed less than a second, and kept on shooting. I ended up shooting for about two hours until the light started fading and the exposure times became increasing long. It was the perfect antidote to my pent-up need to create.

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14 responses

  1. Jen

    Beautiful, beautiful! Simply beautiful!

    August 26, 2013 at 10:22 pm

  2. I love the way youu have framed the first image, very nice.

    August 26, 2013 at 10:34 pm

  3. Mona

    Very Beautiful…

    August 26, 2013 at 11:08 pm

  4. Very nice, red / dark pink flowers are so hard to get the saturation right.

    August 27, 2013 at 3:34 am

    • So true. I struggle in post-processing with the saturation and the white balance.

      August 27, 2013 at 8:28 am

  5. Beautiful pictures!

    August 27, 2013 at 10:37 am

  6. Amazing captures!

    August 27, 2013 at 11:29 am

  7. Beautiful color!

    August 27, 2013 at 3:02 pm

  8. Reblogged this on kenziekinns's Blog and commented:
    Beautiful

    August 28, 2013 at 9:42 am

  9. Reblogged this on zhaochu and commented:
    The evening shoot is really diffrent withe the daytime.The demanding for camera lens and light is higher than other time.The flower in the pictur is a wonderful example for the evening shoot. #J2150H

    August 31, 2013 at 6:45 am

  10. awesome shots!

    September 2, 2013 at 6:03 am

  11. ” instead I was enjoying my craft and saving my sanity.”

    It’s so wonderful when that happens!

    You got some amazing pictures from the shoot : )

    September 4, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    • Thanks. It’s always great to preserve one’s sanity and out often less to great art.

      September 4, 2013 at 1:50 pm

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