Bill Provost  


Blue Amarillo by Bill Provost

June 2020 - Blue Amarillo

About the Image(s)

How I did It: This image was taken with a Nikon D4S camera with a Nikkor 105mm “ F2.8 lens. Exposure 1/60 sec. f 7.1 at ISO 100. The subject is a close up of a blue Amarillo flower.


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7 comments posted

Dick States   Dick States
Welcome to our group Bill, great to have you in our group. Love the detail in this flower petal with the white patterns with the yellow on the blue petal. In our area this flower is known as an Iris. I find Irises are very difficult to shoot and do justice to a beautiful flower. They are somewhat large and spread out. I feel the two out of focus petals on both sides are a bit distracting. Maybe more DOF would help. I feel the bottom of the petal needs a little more room. Again welcome, Bill.   Posted: 06/04/2020 19:15:06

Sandra Irwin   Sandra Irwin
Gorgeous flower. Love the white stripes on the lower petal, and your white background. I would like to see the whole of the flower. And unfortunately, a lot of the flower is out of focus. This is your first time, so welcome! I've been around a while, but I'm still a beginner. Dick gave me a great comment some time after I joined on how to get these things in focus. I went back to other rounds to try to refer you to it, but I couldn't find it. So I'll try to remember, and Dick can correct me or add to my suggestions: Use a tripod and cable release (you need these because your shot is going to be a very long one, second-wise). Set your iso at 100 or 200 to avoid noise, unless you have a really good reason to go up. Put it in aperture priority. Then go from about f/8 on up, taking pictures at each f/ stop. Then look at them and take the best, or get an idea of your direction and try some more. Have fun, most of all-and welcome again!   Posted: 06/11/2020 21:18:00

Janet DiMattia   Janet DiMattia
Hi, Bill. Welcome.
I have a few Iris plants in my garden and can't seem to get a good close up shot of them because of their size. You did get good detail in the lower petal but that in itself does not make a complete shot. Another idea might be to back away and take more of the whole plant with a greater depth of field. Fun to experiment.
  Posted: 06/13/2020 20:02:41

Salvador Atance   Salvador Atance
Welcome Bill. Good subject to practice MACRO or CLOSE UP. In this section you'l find good friends to guide you.
Think about perhaps in isolating the petal that is in focus and build an abstract composition.
Hope you find it interesting.
Continue working.   Posted: 06/23/2020 15:00:19
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Dick States   Dick States
I really like what you did with this image. Find it quite interesting. So how did you do this?   Posted: 06/23/2020 15:41:16
Salvador Atance   Salvador Atance
Thanks Dick, I've selected and cut the focused petal with Photoshop and stuck it down on a black background, three times, and two of them rotated 120 degrees more or less around an imaginery axe more or less coincident with the set of white and yellow lines. Sorry, easier to do than to explain for me.   Posted: 06/24/2020 14:46:13
Sandra Irwin   Sandra Irwin
Oh, wow! That you could do that amazes me and encourages me to learn so much more!   Posted: 06/25/2020 20:10:54