Flowers Up Close
This was a very easy photograph to make. I spotted the flowers on a nature strip in Maldon, an historic township in Central Victoria, Australia. To make the image work I had to simplify a relatively complex scene down to its key elements. In this case that included subject, color and the feeling of springtime.
I identified the flower to which I wanted to direct viewer attention. I separated the flower from its surroundings by laying flat on the ground, thereby monumentalising it, and employed a very shallow Depth of Field (DOF) so as to remove it from its surroundings. The combination of a moderate telephoto focal length (90mm), a wide aperture (f2) and very close camera-to-subject distance produced the very shallow DOF.
The image was made with a Leica R8 camera and Leica 90mm f2 Summicron R series lens with Kodak Ektachrome Elite 100 Extra Color film. This image has sold well which proves the point that when it comes to content and the ability to successfully communicate a feeling or message, less is more.
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Glenn Guy, Blue Sky Photography