Today’s post has a narrow focus.
In fact it is centred on one small bunch of lilies. These are the remnants of two bouquets received by Mary last week, after the spent blossoms had gone to the compost. I was forced to seek an indoor subject after one of the wettest days in quite a while.
Let’s start with the flowers as we might see them with the naked eye, light with a single overhead eco-bulb room light. I wound the contrast up so that the fabric of the backdrop was not a distraction but otherwise these are the flowers in the normal view.
I switched to a bright LED light source and then began experimenting with moving the zoom during the relatively slow exposure.
Depending on how slow the exposure, and how quickly I could get my hand to the zoom ring after I pushed the button to start the exposure, the results were variable, and to some extent, unpredictable. Different results were achieved by zooming in and zooming out.
Obviously I needed more time, so a longer exposure was tried, and the image I liked most was this one with the zoom being wound out slowly during the 3.2 second exposure.
Instead of zooming, I tried panning, and the results were interesting but not quite there. I might return to this another time.
More conventional stuff is in the agenda for today.