My interest in photography comes from my interests in gardening and in roses in particular. The beauty of a flower is fleeting, but I wanted to remember it forever. For the longest time, my photographic equipment consisted of a little 1 megapixel camcorder, which made my roses look like fuzzy blobs in varying shades of grey. After a while I couldn't stand it any more, and now I am a proud owner of a Nikon D3000 DSLR camera.
Most of the photographs you see on my blog are close-ups of individual flowers or groups of flowers. That's not necessarily because I prefer them that way. In fact, I love landscape shots but I don't have the scenery to carry them off. My small suburban garden is hemmed in on all sides by neighbors, fences and concrete sidewalks. Hardly a nice setting for landscape shots... Nevertheless, even in macro photography background is important.
I still don't quite understand photography-related techie terminology, and it is taking me a long time to wean myself from relying exclusively on automatic settings. So I will make only one technical statement: background (called "depth of field" in photo-speak) is controlled by aperture. Below are a few examples I have achieved wtih different aperture settings.
I can blur the background enough to bring out the flower I want to showcase. Below are two pictures of my winter daphne, pretty but hardly colorful. It was lucky that I had cyclamen growing right behind it, which I thought would liven up the picture. The two images are exactly alike except for the aperture settings. I like the first image much better: it emphasizes the flower and the background is not disctracting. The second one seems way too busy.
|Aperture set at f4.5|
|aperture set at f29|
Here the backround tells a story. The first image emphasizes the flowers, the second creates an ambiance.
|aperture at f5|
|aperture at f32|
For a beginning photographer like me it is fun to experiment and learn what my camera can do. My goal in improving my photographic skills is modest. I don't seek to become famous or successful, but would be happy to brighten up a few minutes of your day each time you, my visitors, see these photos.