Perspectives #20: Beauty is Interesting

July 22, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Dear Friends,

  Alexis Madrigal wrote recently ("Follow your own Curiosity," Medium, May 23, 2013) that his most popular writings were the pieces that he personally found most interesting, that paying attention to what the "public" wanted ultimately made his writing less interesting to himself and to his readers.  It would be nice if that were true! I am sometimes surprised by the photos people like.  I would like to know, so please write me, post in the guest book,  or leave comments in the galleries.

On the day I shot Cupola Blossoms, below, the sky was brilliant, the flowers stunning, and I was near Grace Hall on the Cabrini College campus, so I looked for a way to combine all three in one image.  After a few dozen tries I hit on this combination, shot with the 60 mm macro lens at f16, 1/250th at ISO 400.  You might think that shooting at f16, a very narrow aperture, would give me a large depth of field and make everything in focus. Focusing on the blossoms so close to the camera, however, results in a very small depth of field, and the narrow aperture is required to get the whole blossom cluster in focus.

Cupola Blossoms is available for download as a desktop background with the flowers on the right so they won't clash with your left-side desktop icons. As usual, you will find the downloads on my May 2013 SmugMug gallery. To purchase prints and other photo covered items, and to help support this blog, click on any of the images below to visit the Perspectives by Scott galleries.

Blossoms surround cupola against blue skyCupola Blossoms

The red bud blossoms - these are also on Cabrini campus - form a gentle purple lace in the distance, but seem rather bug-like and ugly to me when I draw close. It was not until I moved very close to a single blossom that i became really interested and entranced. When focusing this close, the resulting in a depth of field so narrow that not even one blossom could be completely in focus. I layered two exposures with focus at slightly different depths to produce this somewhat in focus Red Bud Blossom. Wind or camera motion made it impossible for me to line up additional layers this time. I will try again next spring. (60 mm, 1/320 sec at f14)

Magnified image of red bud blossomRed Bud Blossom By the way, the pictures you see in the blog are from my ZenFolio site and are adjusted for printing; they are brighter than the images to in my SmugMug gallery, which are adjusted for display on the computer screen.  

 


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