Thursday, April 27, 2006

Tulip or not Tulip? That is the question.


At the risk of becoming redundant, I am giving you another tulip photo today. I had a lot of fun attempting to take close-ups of the flowers with my camera. While there are a lot of things you can do with a simple point and shoot camera, sometimes you encounter limitations. I never hesitate to mention those limitations to my wife, in hopes that one day she will suggest that I purchase an SLR.

The macro setting on my camera leaves plenty to be desired. I find that because it is simply making use of my wide angle/zoom lens, it includes too much in the picture space. Therefore, I feel the need to either get closer to my subject or zoom in. Unfortunately, the camera won't focus if I do either of these things.

My best bet is to back up and use my zoom while on the regular setting. That's what I did on this photo. I used Photoshop to underexpose a touch in order to ensure that the background would be dark enough (so as to not be a distraction) and to bring out the beautiful pink hue in the flower. I should have used a faster shutter speed because the wind was blowing, but I got lucky and escaped blurring.

Canon PowerShot S2 IS, 60mm, f/3.5, 1/60 sec, ISO 50

20 Comments:

Blogger Wolf said...

Nice Photo! Very delicate looking!

6:32 PM, April 27, 2006  
Blogger Fraser said...

Tulips hold such promise. Good color. Your wife should get you a DSLR, but wait a year for the Leica DSLRs to come out.

6:50 PM, April 27, 2006  
Anonymous david kleinert said...

lovely coloured flower! cheers ;)

7:20 PM, April 27, 2006  
Blogger Laurie said...

Whatever limitations you may have encountered are certainly NOT evident in this lovely shot.

8:01 PM, April 27, 2006  
Blogger Don said...

A beautiful tulop shot. The fields are unbelievable. I like the close in view with all the detail.

8:27 PM, April 27, 2006  
Blogger Azhar said...

Now this is a lovely shot!That colour is stunning!And perfect DOF and lovely mix of colours as the backdrop - great great shot!About your macro limitations - even I use a point and shoot so yes the limitations can be frustrating - I can only get 10cm close to my object.My dolution would to get as close as possible - take the shot in full res. then crop to get the real close up :) GREAT SHOT!

9:04 PM, April 27, 2006  
Anonymous Shuva said...

yes lovely...they dont crop up naturally in my part of the world. I love these flowers. A little brightness might have been better.

9:54 PM, April 27, 2006  
Anonymous Shuva said...

I will take back the brightness suggestion, on a second look.

9:54 PM, April 27, 2006  
Blogger Nicola said...

Very pretty close-up of the tulip!

12:12 AM, April 28, 2006  
Blogger Kris said...

You did a fine job. Its really lovely !!
I've seen some great macro shots from S2..DSLR, dont know if I can handle it :s

1:05 AM, April 28, 2006  
Blogger Brent Vermilyea said...

Simplicity, err complexity, photographed. Excellent work. Regards, Brent

4:30 AM, April 28, 2006  
Anonymous pixibition said...

nicely done...beautiful colors contrast and hilight...excellent capture:-)

8:13 AM, April 28, 2006  
Anonymous NoWords said...

nice one!

8:32 AM, April 28, 2006  
Anonymous Gary said...

came out lovely

11:07 AM, April 28, 2006  
Blogger Dave MacIntyre said...

Well done! You are definitely maximizing the limits of your camera and taking some fabulous photos...although I suggest you keep up the pressure...SLRs are fun!

1:41 PM, April 28, 2006  
Blogger pasivirta said...

I've got two lips from my stache to my chin, and when I move em they give me a grin.

3:04 PM, April 28, 2006  
Anonymous deji77 said...

lovely. lovely. lovely. ur really pushing the envelope of the camera.

yeah in macro mode if u zoom in it cancels out (don't know why). but if press and hold on down to the macro button u activate supermacro which allows u to go all the way in. if there is adequate contrast it will lock in.

4:04 PM, April 28, 2006  
Blogger Jill said...

It's just beautiful! Nice job on the closeness,

4:32 PM, April 28, 2006  
Anonymous Alicia said...

I want a camera that has a flip out lcd for the macro shots. I tell you it's not seeing your subject when it is so close to the ground. Good luck with getting the slr camera.

1:00 PM, May 01, 2006  
Anonymous Rose said...

I love tulips. What beautiful pictures. I followed you over TheDailySunrise.com and I'm happy to see that your photos are not as large as his. LOL

9:31 PM, May 02, 2006  

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