My God-daughter brought me some lovely pink lilies when she and her Mother came for lunch on Wednesday. It was such a thrill to see her as I couldn’t go to her wedding in Spain in May of this year.
The buds were all closed, but with the warmth of the wall heater, they have quickly opened and brought a welcome array of Spring colour into my home.
I started off with my Sigma 17-50mm f2.8 lens on an ISO of 800 which was what I’d been using the day before with the birds on my dark shady balcony. I did have a bit of trouble getting enough light onto the flowers with a hand-held shot, so the aperture was left on f2.8.
Note: I don’t why this lens exif data keeps showing Canon 17-55mm lens, but it’s definitely a Sigma 17-50mm lens. I love this lens for getting a little closer to flowers.
Then got out my old Canon 50mm f1.4 lens which I hadn’t used in ages. I was trying to focus on the stamens and still keep the aperture on f1.4 to get a narrow DOF (Depth of Field).
I don’t know what variety of lily these are and Mr Google images had more than one description of this pink lily so we’ll just call it Pink Lily.
I probably would have done better to put the camera on a tripod and use the remote shutter release cable so I could step back and let more of the light source in but was happy enough with the 2 differing shots.
At the top of my short steep road is the back entrance to a townhouse and a clump of Arum Lilies. It’s expanded from its original 3 flowers last year to several this year and was the first photo stop on my short walk yesterday. (note: these plants are considered a pest in Western Australia).
I love the swirling edges of the flower rim and nearly always photograph them with a very shallow DOF (Depth Of Field) or large aperture. My Sigma 17-50mm f2.8 lens set at about f4.5 gives me the effect I want, but the first image in this post is set at f11 to give a bit more detail.
Sadly, my back pain precludes me from both bending down low and kneeling and twisting these days, so I had to edit the images to increase the mid-tones and give the flowers some more definition. This threw the colour saturation a bit out-of-whack, but I haven’t the interest or time to spend on photo editing. I can no longer always do flower photography at angles that I would like, but I know long-time followers understand my limitations.
It certainly doesn’t stop me enjoying my Photography Hobby.
For those interested, I bought this lens about 3 years ago as I could never get quite close enough with my Canon 50mm f1.4 and the Sigma’s 17-50mm gives me that little bit of zoom that covers the gap in the 4 lenses I now own. If you put the Sigma 17-50mm on a tripod, or can hand-hold your camera very steady, you can almost get a macro, or very close to an insect, which is good enough for me. The Canon lens is extremely sharp and excellent in low light, but the Sigma is not far behind it.
The ‘nifty fifty‘ as the 50mm f/1.4 lens is often called, is rarely taken out of its soft pouch now and I’d sell it, except that they bring so little money second-hand and mine is in perfect condition. I refuse to sell good lenses for peanuts.
I think the header image on my B & W Blog was made with the ‘nifty fifty’ and I cropped and turned it slightly to give the abstract quality and composition I wanted.