Val is a good friend who brings fresh bunches of flowers for display in the store. I've photographed the recent group of lilies she brought in and would like to share them this week along with some photo tips.
All three images were shot with a Canon 5D Mark II, 100-400mm lens @ 400mm, f/5.6, 1600ISO (so I could shoot without using a tripod), and a 500D close-up filter. Macro is wonderful for getting very thin slices of focus so you can isolate subjects in focus against a very out of focus background. All three images were shot vertically. Compositionally vertical is often a better choice when shooting flowers, grasses or forests. Vertical better displays upward motion and growth. I'll mention a few other considerations with "Composition" in tomorrows post.