Sunshine and Snowdrops.
Today’s photo is a repeat of the shot I was attempting to take yesterday. Yesterday I struggled with focusing the Snowdrops as, due to the low angles, I couldn’t quite see through the LCD to ensure the image was as sharp as possible. Today I came prepared with a bin-bag to use as a mat, so I could get down on my hands and knees, and get closer to the flowers without getting covered in mud! As a backup, I also took my iPad and SDcard reader – which allowed me to view the images a lot better than on the LCD screen. I’ve found my SDcard reader really useful – especially for travelling and sharing photos online without having to travel with a laptop. With this I can simply attach it to my iPad, and import the photos directly to my camera roll, and share on Facebook, Twitter or via email, just as I normally would. Mine cost only a few quid (maybe £3 at the most – include p&p – from either eBay or Amazon) but its been great. The only downside is that the iPad can sometimes struggle with trying to read a lot of images from the card. My card is a 32gb card, and at one point I had over 2000 images on it from a holiday – iOS didn’t like trying to read that many images and it kept crashing (it’ll read all the images on the card, even if you only want to import one or two). Anyway.. enough of a sales pitch for the SDcard reader.. back to today’s photo!
Yesterday, I probably didn’t take enough shots while I was out – so today I made sure I had enough to pick from, and I’m glad I did. Apart from the focusing issues, there was another problem which affected a lot of my shots, both yesterday and today – the brightness of the snowdrop petals. In a big cluster, the flowers look great to the naked eye – but I was struggling to get the camera to maintain the detail in the petals, as many of the flowers bunched together looked like giant blobs of white. I’m not sure if I needed to play with the White Balance a bit more – but they didn’t turn out too well. Fortunately I did take some other shots with smaller bunches of the flowers – which is why I chose this photo. I really like the composition of the shot, with the natural vegetation and foliage. My only regret is that I didn’t reduce the aperture and sharpen the entire image, at the time I was trying to focus on the front flowers, slightly blurring the rest of the shot – which I think I achieved. But I think the composition worked well enough without the need for fancy focussing techniques. Next time I’ll remember to take two shots with different apertures!
I’ve got my photos for the next few days planned out, as I’ll be out and about in the evenings and over the weekend – so hopefully I can get some different images up!
As always, thanks for reading – and if anyone has any advice, especially on dealing with the brightness of the petals and maintaining the detail I’d love to hear from you!