October 17, 2007

Fall Flowers at the Public Gardens (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

Digital original, 5 frame stitch
When I first shifted to working with digital cameras, I found making images in colour all of the time quite challenging, even when I expected them to be converted in to black and white. Even now, almost 5 years later, I find colour quite difficult. I am having much the same experience with macro photography - every time I set out to work with macro, I think I have all the problems under control, and then I find more I need to work though.

In some ways this is a frustration of my own making, as I am trying to combine macro with other techniques I use frequently, such as stitching. Not wanted to be limited to the resolution of my camera, or the angle of view of the macro lens, I have been been stitching macro images whenever I can...though in the case of the above photograph, working with a moving subject is proving challenging. I am starting to wonder about bringing a rod which I can strap to the tripod and the subject, just to limit its movement.
Digital original
The colours in the above flowers were so delicate, they were just perfect for the shallow depth of field I prefer to use when photographing flowers. Working really close to the flowers permitted me to abstract the flower somewhat, and gained a strong corner to root the composition in.
Digital original, 18 frame stitch
On my way back from a catch-up class for a student, I paused in the public gardens to revisit a flower I photographed last week - I liked the direction I went in then, but wanted to push it further - so instead of a single frame, I did a three-row, six frame wide stitch. This is one of the highest resolution macro images I have done, but the blend of the shallow depth of field, and high image quality where the image is sharp is exactly what I was looking for!

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