Sandra Irwin  

Garden Flower by Sandra Irwin

August 2019 - Garden Flower

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Garden Flower: I managed to find this in my garden and did my best with it. My right arm is still not mobile or weight-bearing, so this was all I could do. Anyone know what kind of flower it is?
I took it with my Canon EOS 5 D Mark IV and my Canon Macro 100m 1:2.8 IS. ISO 100, F 2.8, 1/640 sec.

11 comments posted

Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
Hi Sandra,
You are struggling womanfully! Not to worry, I'm sure it will improve soon.
You're asking the wrong person here to identify a plant. So much so, I've found this site that I use -
You don't need to register, I just clicked on "World flora" then "Identify". It asks you to drag a photo over the page, so I took a screen shot of your photo and dragged it onto the site. It gave me photos of a number of possibles, but to my eye the first one "African Arrowroot" (Canna indica L) looks pretty similar. I'll upload it below.
Anyway, regardless of what it is, it's a pleasing picture. It seems a bit soft to me, maybe f2.8 wasn't ideal, perhaps a few stops down would be better. Don't want a slow shutter speed with that wobbly grip, so higher ISO is needed. The stem in the background is a bit distracting I think, and the green out of focus leaves - a bit of toning down would helpin my view.   Posted: 08/09/2019 12:10:12
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Sandra Irwin   Sandra Irwin
See my comments to Dick -- applies to all of you!!!   Posted: 08/14/2019 22:02:59
Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
I used to use that source for flower identification, but recently discovered Google's image search. I bring up, then drop a JPEG I need to identify and it automatically searches for similar images. Works really well for figuring out specific models of automobiles.   Posted: 08/20/2019 17:16:24

Dick States   Dick States
This is a Canna Lily.
It's usually best to use a diffusor or shoot on an overcast sky. There's usually too much contrast to get any kind of detail in the flower. It would also help to close the lens down several stops to maybe f-8 to get more DOF or make sure the pistil and stamens are sharp. It all depends how much and what part of the flower you want sharp. I appreciate the fact you got out there and shot some pictures even though you have had some broken bones and are recovering. I guess the main point I want to make is its usually best to shoot on an overcast day or wait for a cloud to go by. When you are out shooting try different f-stops and shoot in full sun and overcast. You can now see what works best and go from there. I think that's how we all learned. Great to see your work.   Posted: 08/09/2019 15:20:37
Sandra Irwin   Sandra Irwin
Thank you so much. I'm copying all the helpful comments and keeping them in a file on my desktop to refer to before I go out shooting again. I'm in the midst of a LR course now, and had signed up for a PS course. Unfortunately Samy's in LA got robbed of all it's computers, so I had to move to an October date in Pasadena. I'm trying to pull it together -- and thanks so much to everyone!   Posted: 08/14/2019 22:00:06

Janet DiMattia   Janet DiMattia
Hi, Sandra,
Good to see you are back with your camera. (I am finally getting enough strength back in my hand/arm also to effectively use my photo equipment.) Interesting site Stuart uses for identification - that will come in handy.
You were able to get some sharpness in the center of the flower. If the same flower is still there try to get some more shots of it as Dick suggested.
There is always the delete button which makes experimenting painless and sometimes gives surprising results.   Posted: 08/12/2019 15:38:57
Sandra Irwin   Sandra Irwin
See my comments to Dick -- applies to all of you!!   Posted: 08/14/2019 22:03:25

Salvador Atance   Salvador Atance
Beautiful flower Sandra.
F2.8 reduces too much the DoF. You could reduce the speed to 1/250 and compensate with F stop to 5.6 at least, better F8.
Color is perfect. Combination of sun and shadow always is a complicated situation.   Posted: 08/18/2019 05:12:32

Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
Others have advised you well on using a smaller aperture and higher ISO to capture more DOF. The important thing is to keep taking more pictures, experimenting with different settings until you find the right combination for a given subject and lighting conditions. Luckily you're here amongst accomplished photographers who can gently guide you to where you want to go. They've certainly helped me a great deal.   Posted: 08/20/2019 17:22:54
Sandra Irwin   Sandra Irwin
That's why I joined -- a I was lucky enough to get put in this group!   Posted: 08/20/2019 17:53:47

Madhusudhan Srinivasan   Madhusudhan Srinivasan
Hi Sandra, beautiful flower and portrait orientation is giving a good perspective. Others have already talked about a lower f stop, high iso etc. I would add to Dick's comment to either choose an overcast day for the shoot or use a translucent material to soften the light as it is showing up harsh currently. Good try! keep it coming!   Posted: 08/22/2019 03:04:27


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