Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Flower Photos and a Tip For When You Travel: Be Flexible

When you arrive at your destination and the flower fields look like this

but, you were hoping for something like this.

 Just be flexible.

Pick on one flower, or a group of flowers and play with the aperture settings on your camera.

This photo was taken with an aperture of 4.5

Notice, the background is blurred.

The camera is mounted on a tripod and here's another shot at f/11.

See the background coming in a bit sharper ?

The same scene with an aperture of f/16 gives even more details in the background.

A final photo at f/22 makes the background sharper, yet.

The iris fields in Okinawa, Japan aren't ready for me, yet.

I'm lucky. I live only about an hour's drive away so, it doesn't cost me much to travel there.

If I was paying big bucks to travel and see the iris fields when they weren't in full bloom,

here's a little secret I'll tell you


So, remember my travel photo tip.  Just be flexible.

PS: Somebody from THE AMERICAN IRIS SOCIETY started looking at my iris photos. 

You should take a look at their Facebook page and LIKE them.

Now, I have to get on out of here and see if I can get some better iris pictures.

Who knows ?  Maybe a bunch of iris lovers will like My Page, Too !

More of my camera ramblings may bee seen in PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS


HikeBikeTravel said...

There were beautiful iris fields in Boulder, Colorado and how I used to like to visit those. Great show of how the f-stop changes the scene.

RyukyuMike said...

Glad you enjoyed and hope you get to see iris fields bloom again soon, anywhere; they're awesome.

Easy Hiker said...

Irises are probably one of my favourite spring flower. I think I should try and taking photos of them too.

RyukyuMike said...

Easy Hiker,
Believe it,or not, they've become one of my favorite, too. But, I'd really rather be out shooting wildlife. So, that's where I've been all day.

Jessica said...

Good tip! I also appreciate your honesty about how mad we can sometimes get when we can't get the shot we want. Flexibility is the key.

Sabrina said...

So true! Sometimes it's just a matter of perspective :)

Lisa @ Gone with the Family said...

Lovely photos! Irises are definitely one of my favourite flowers of spring. None coming up here yet though - with a forecast of snow tomorrow we might have to wait just a little longer.

strux said...

Beautiful photography! And thanks for the tips. I've never seen a field of irises before... gorgeous!

Cathy Sweeney said...

Flexibility is a good think in many things in life. The irises are gorgeous in all of the photos. On my way to check the Am. Iris Society page -- already a fan of yours. :)

Unknown said...

Beautiful shots, Mike. Yes, always good to be flexible when you're hunting for the perfect shot :)

RyukyuMike said...

Jessica, Sabrina, Lisa, Strux and Cathy,
We'll see how flexible I can be when the field goes full bloom. The weather prophets got a mean streak and predict rain, all next week !

RyukyuMike said...

Thanks. I'll go back up, weather permitting, and see if I can nab you a really beautiful shot !

Dick Jordan said...

Good tip!

RyukyuMike said...

Dick Jordan,
Thanks !

aay said...

Lovely Iris pictures! So nice to photograph. I need to get out and take more flower photos I think!

RyukyuMike said...

Now's the time to get them. Go for it !