Beauty for dark days
Even though the year has turned January can seem a dark month. At the weekend I remembered an article I read a couple of years ago suggesting ways of making of making the most of those periods when the days are short and opportunities for getting outside with the camera are severely limited. These are, of course, good times for tidying the filing system on Lightroom, checking whether some old photos might look better in black and white, organising the camera bag or catching up on reading. They are also good times for photographing flowers.
When I read that I immediately dismissed the idea as nonsense unless living in a region blessed with a Mediterranean climate (which isn't Co Antrim!). Until the writer stated the obvious: buy some flowers from your local florist and photograph them indoors. Why had I not thought of that before? Totally unrelated to photography (I promise) I had bought some flowers for my wife. A weekend visitor had also brought some flowers. So now I had no excuse.
It was also an opportunity to try out my Sigma macro lens on the D800e. This was one of the first lenses I ever bought and it had worked superbly, especially when the camera was stablised by a tripod, on my D200. How would it work with the new setup? I cleared a space in the kitchen, set up a black velvet background and using natural light from an East facing window supplemented by a tungsten spotlight and a tiny torch that fits on my keyring I had some fun with the tulips and lilies.
Here are two of the photos.
I hope their colour and grace brightens your day.
Keywords: Flowers, tulips, lilies
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