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Playing with Flower Macro Photography Indoors

Published October 17th, 2011

I guess I'm just not the patient type. I sprang for the Canon macro 100mm f2.8L lens on Friday night rather than waiting a while.

Saturday morning I spent a few hours shooting various flowers from a bouquet I bought for just such a purpose. I set up the living room so I could shoot next to the window and provide natural light from the side. I provided a black backdrop behind the flowers using black cloth draped over a portable clothes rack. I shot macros both dry and wet. The wet came from a spray bottle.

Now, some would say that shooting flowers from a bouquet, indoors, using a water bottle instead of good old rain could be considered cheating. I definitely acknowledge these things made it easier to capture the shots, and my hat is off to those who do similar shots "in the wild" with wind and fickle weather and unpredictable lighting. I've done those before too and trust me, this was much easier! :)

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Very happy with this, but I do wish the DOF captured the tip.

  • October 15th, 2011
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • 100mm / f/22 / 2 sec
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This one just feels very soft and feminine to me, and I like the colors.

  • October 15th, 2011
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • 100mm / f/2.8 / 1/50 sec
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It's so hard for me to capture deep reds when photographing flowers. I spent quite a bit of time in post working on the reds. I do wish I had more DOF for this one, but I'm happy with the reds.

  • October 15th, 2011
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • 100mm / f/16 / 2.5 sec
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I like the reflections in the droplets. Makes me want to try more with that type of thing.

  • October 15th, 2011
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • 100mm / f/2.8 / 1/30 sec
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A drop of water nestled on a cabbage "flower".

  • October 15th, 2011
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • 100mm / f/2.8 / 1/6 sec
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Almost like marbles, these drops of water beaded up to nearly perfect spheres on the leaf of this cabbage. (Yes, the bouquet had ornamental cabbage!)

  • October 15th, 2011
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • 100mm / f/9 / 1.3 sec
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I like the sense of scale in this one.

  • October 15th, 2011
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • 100mm / f/3.2 / 1/8 sec
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  • October 15th, 2011
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • 100mm / f/2.8 / 1/15 sec
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  • October 15th, 2011
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • 100mm / f/16 / 3/5 sec
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Here's the setup.

  • October 15th, 2011
  • Apple iPhone 4
  • 3.85mm / f/2.8 / 1/15 sec

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AleneDavis
Alene Davis  over 6 years ago

LOL, yeah, the iPad was an important uhhhm. . . reflector! Yeah, that's it. A reflector!

david_lindau
David Lindau  over 6 years ago

nice, you could probably use that iPad for some "lighting" as well.

hamnijuni
hamni juni  over 6 years ago

thank you for sharing........