Nature Photography – Sunshine

Very few flowers look their best in bright sunshine but every once in a while one does. Here’s a shot I took a few weeks ago at the Mercer Arboretum in Houston, Texas during one of the few sunny periods of that dreary spring day.

Sunshine

Sunshine
Copyright © 2009 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 50D set on aperture priority (Av) using an EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM hand-held. The exposure was taken at 105mm, f/8 for 1/90th of a second at ISO 100 on Lexar Professional digital film. Post capture processing was done in Lightroom 2 using Nik Software’s Color Efex Pro plug-in for Lightroom. Click on the image above for a larger version.

Nature Photography – Contrast

Here is another shot taken last month at the Mercer Arboretum in Houston, Texas. I really love the wonderful contrast you can find in nature. The different shades of color. The bright highlights and the deep shadows. With a subject this beautiful its hard not to get a nice shot.

Have a great weekend!

Contrast

Contrast
Copyright © 2009 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 50D set on aperture priority (Av) using an EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM hand-held. The exposure was taken at 105mm, f/4.5 for 1/125th of a second at ISO 100 on Lexar Professional digital film. Post capture processing was done in Lightroom 2 using Nik Software’s Viveza plug-in for Lightroom. Click on the image above for a larger version.

Nature Photography – Glow

Four rules I always remember when shooting flowers or other foliage outdoors.

  • Cloudy or overcast days work best to provide soft even lighting for flowers.
  • Control your depth of field by using Aperture Priority (Av) mode.
  • Make sure your shutter speed is high enough to freeze any motion caused by the wind.
  • Shoot low to capture those unusual angles.

Glow

Glow
Copyright © 2009 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 50D set on aperture priority (Av) using an EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM hand-held. The exposure was taken at 105mm, f/4 for 1/180th of a second at ISO 100 on Lexar Professional digital film. Post capture processing was done in Lightroom 2 using Nik Software’s Color Efex Pro filters. Click on the image above for a larger version.