I don’t know about you, but I love a great still life photograph. One that focuses on the best in something. I don’t often photograph an object just for its beauty though I do try to capture beauty in every photo.
I found this cotton branch at the Sundre Flower Shop a couple of days ago. It is so beautiful to me! If you hurry you might be able to pick one up for yourself! I thought I would take you through my process of taking a satisfying photo after you find an object and a place to photograph it.
I moved the cotton off center to begin with. Most photos look better if the object isn’t smack dab in the middle.
I then started playing with depth of field – how much of the photo is in focus. This photo would also need to be cropped as it has too much space around the cotton.
I was using my portrait lens but I couldn’t get close enough for the cotton to be the main subject so I switched to my macro lens. This is much better but the focus is off. I don’t want to highlight the stem.
I played around with the focus on the cotton ball but when I flipped it over and focused on the pod it became much more interesting.
Then I changed the angle a bit and voila! The best so far! This one satisfies me, at least for now!
There were several photos in between the ones I have shown you. I rarely take a photo once and love it. It is a process and digital cameras allow you to get the shot that you love.
- A Pompom Wreath
- Merry Christmas