Iris Who? « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Iris Who?

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This image was created with the tripod-mounted Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Telephoto Lens, the Canon 1.4x EF Extender III (Teleconverter), and the Canon EOS 5D Mark III . ISO 400. Evaluative metering +2/3 stop: 1/50 sec. at f/13 in Av mode. 2-second timer.

Central sensor/AI Servo Surround/Rear Focus AF on the anther on our right and re-compose. Click here if you missed the Rear Focus Tutorial. Click on the image for a larger version.

Iris flower #1

Iris Who?

In the “Tough Call On Hey Bud” blog post here I shared five iris bud images that I created while co-leading Denise Ippolito’s Creative Photography Iris Workshop on Thursday May 16. We were blessed with perfect flower photography weather: cloudy bright to cloudy with a few rain drops here and there and nearly dead calm conditions until the sun finally came out at 10:45am. Everyone had fun and learned a ton. While I was really attracted to the buds in retrospect I liked my images of the flowers better. Here I share my favorite images of complete flowers. As the 180 macro was just too wide I grabbed the 300 II and went to work; the 300mm focal length (often with the 1.4X TC provided reach and the narrow angle of view that I wanted so that I could isolate single flowers. As the flowers were relatively large, I did not need an extension tube.

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This 3-frame in-camera HDR Art Vivid image was created with the tripod-mounted Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Telephoto Lens, the Canon 1.4x EF Extender III (Teleconverter), and the Canon EOS 5D Mark III . ISO 400. Evaluative metering +1 1/3 stops yielded a base exposure of 1/125 sec. at f/8 in Av mode. 2-second timer.

Central sensor/AI Servo Surround/Rear Focus AF on the central anther and re-compose. Click here if you missed the Rear Focus Tutorial. Click on the image for a larger version.

Iris flower #2

In-Camera Art Vivid HDRs

I absolutely love the In-Camera HDR feature and as regular readers know the Art Vivid style is my favorite. It yields a highly saturated 61mb JPEG file. I bring the images into Photoshop, clean the dust spots, and reduce the Saturation about 10 points and I am done. Clean and fast and easy, just as I like things.

Learn everything that I know about the EOS-5D Mark III including how I set up my camera for in-camera HDRs in the 5D Mark III User’s Guide. This guide also includes info on the following: 5D III exposure fine points, handling the WHITEs, the top LCD and all camera control buttons, all 5D Mark III drive modes, how to manually select an AF sensor, choosing an AF Area Selection Mode/how and why (includes extensive detail), and Menu Item Access. Coverage of almost all Menu Items and Custom Functions including the following: Image Quality, Auto Lighting Optimizer, Highlight Tone Priority, AF Configuration Tool (includes details on the custom setting that I use), Acceleration/deceleration tracking, Tracking sensitivity, Lens drive when AF impossible, Orientation linked AF point (I love this feature on the 5D III!), Highlight alert, Histogram display, Auto rotate, Custom Shooting Mode set-up, Safety shift, using the Q button, and setting up rear focus. The guide is–of course–written in my informal, easy-to-follow style.

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This image was created with the tripod-mounted Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Telephoto Lens and the Canon EOS 5D Mark III . ISO 400. Evaluative metering +1 stop: 1/800 sec. at f/4 in Av mode.

Central sensor/AI Servo Surround/Rear Focus AF on anther on our right and re-compose. Click here if you missed the Rear Focus Tutorial. Click on the image for a larger version.

Iris flower #3

Rotational Perspective

Choosing the angle into the flower, the rotational perspective is an important consideration when photographing flowers and is even more important when photographing irises. I did not realize until preparing this blog post that in the three images above I had subconsciously chosen an identical perspective….

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This image was created with the tripod-mounted Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Telephoto Lens, the Canon 1.4x EF Extender III (Teleconverter), and the Canon EOS 5D Mark III . ISO 400. Evaluative metering +1 stop: 1/40 sec. at f/11 in Av mode. 2-second timer.

Central sensor/AI Servo Surround/Rear Focus AF on the anther on our left and re-compose. Click here if you missed the Rear Focus Tutorial. Click on the image for a larger version.

Iris flower #4

Your Favorite?

Take a moment to leave a comment and let us know which is your iris flower image and be sure to let us know why you like the one that you chose. They are numbered 1-4.

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Next Year In Holland

Despite a 100-year record cold spring with very few tulip fields in bloom this trip has been a spectacular success. The colors and variety of tulips at Keukenhof simply stun the mind and the senses. Denise and I are planning our Holland trip for next year: the Keukenhof Creative Tulip Photography IPT with a Touch of Holland. If you are a Happy Camper who is interested in joining Denise and me next spring, please shoot me an e-mail. Details will be announced soon.

We are currently fleshing out the details. The dates will be about the same, in mid April. In addition to the Keukenhof and the flower fields we will do an afternoon of windmills at Kinderdijk, a day in Amsterdam including a morning at the Rijks Museum and an afternoon visit to the Ann Frank House plus some street photography. We will do some street photography and fine dining in the little town of Edam. There will be about 7-9 days of photography in all. Those will include an afternoon option for a day or two of Purple Herons for those with long lenses.

Note: not surprisingly, early interest has been huge with several folks who want to sign up right now. The formal announcement of the dates and price is imminent.

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8 comments to Iris Who?

  • avatar stephen sheoskie

    I chose #2,then #1,the softness in detail and angle of view was the basis for my choice, good job Artie.

  • avatar Ron May

    Hi Art, nice shots. For me it is a toss up between #1 and #2, with #2 being slightly ahead. It just looks more natural – don’t know why exactly, but then it is art and each to his/her own. Looking forward to Oregon in September.

    Ron

  • avatar Gary Axten

    No. 3, it looks more natural & has room to breath. No. 4 is also nice.

    The background on No. 2 looks an unnatural colour on my screen. While I like no. 1 the small bud looks like Cruela D’Ville’s fingernail 🙂

  • My pick is number 3. Kind of looks like a giraffe sticking
    it’s tongue out.

    Doug

  • avatar Marr Miller

    The first. The subject color compliments the background well. The depth of field is deeper and the bud underneath, pointing to the subject is a plus.

  • The first is the most pleasing, more in focus, more in contrast, better saturation, and the flower is less spent. The yellow beard is so pretty against the complementary purple. I suspect you chose it to be first because you liked it best also. 😉

  • avatar taylor maxwell

    I like #1 best. Not sure how to express my choice other than the color works for me better in this one.