Tom McCreary, APSA, MPSA  

Blue Hyacinth by Tom McCreary, APSA, MPSA

April 2021 - Blue Hyacinth

April 2021 - Tom McCreary, APSA, MPSA


About the Image(s)

I can't wait for Spring, so while shopping for groceries, I saw this blue hyacinth plant and bought it to take some photos indoors. I have also recently switched camera systems. I sold most of my Nikon crop sensor cameras and lenses and have purchased a couple of Olympus cameras and lenses. Several of my photo friends have also gone with smaller mirror less cameras and I decided to join them. One reason is the size and weight of telephoto lenses. Since the Olympus 4/3rd camera has a factor of 2 instead of 1 1/2 that the Nikon cameras have, the Olympus 75 to 300mm lens that replaced the Tamron 100-400mm is almost 1/3rd the weight with the same 35mm equivalent of 150-600mm. So far I have been very pleased with my decision.

This image was taken with my Olympus E-M5 II camera and Olympus 14-150mm lens at 70mm 1/2 second, f11, and ISO 200, on a tripod. I expanded the canvas some and rotated the image slightly to add more interest than the straight up original. The background that I used is mostly green, so I just filled in the expanded area with the same green color and then rotated with transform. I cleaned up some lines around the transformed area and extended the stem down some.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
7 comments posted

Rich Sears   Rich Sears
Beautiful light blue, great for springtime. Color is intense and vivid. Agree with tilting, does create increased interest. Nice even lighting Tom, and fine focus. Did you slightly increase the brightness of the blossoms in front?   Posted: 04/15/2021 17:12:42

Tony Tam   Tony Tam
Tom I am glad to hear you switched camera to mirrorless system. This is a trend for senior people in photography.
the camera is much lighter. I start to use Sony mirrorless camera from 2014, I bought Sony full frame cameras 7R and 7RII in and 2016 replace my Nikon D800 and D7000...I feel
great to use them now.
I like the light blue/purple color of your flower. The flower image is smooth and clean. You rotated the image slightly is helpful. The original is kind the sluggish, but now it is much better in composition.
  Posted: 04/21/2021 20:48:04
Grace Lee   Grace Lee
I am use Canon and I am scare to change and learn again to other brand. I want to buy Canon mirrorless...any more suggestions? Thanks!   Posted: 04/23/2021 10:52:29

Grace Lee   Grace Lee
Tom, do you think Olympus is better then Sony? I am thinking to buy a travelling mirrorless camera to go on road...   Posted: 04/23/2021 10:46:52
Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
I like my Olympus, but do not know about Sony. I do not think that Sony makes a 4/3rd camera, so do not know if it would be as small and light.   Posted: 04/23/2021 11:08:54
Grace Lee   Grace Lee
Thanks Tom!   Posted: 04/24/2021 03:44:46

Grace Lee   Grace Lee
Beautiful blue hyacinth! I love it! I may think to get other blur flower back ground?   Posted: 04/23/2021 10:55:23