Thursday, July 2, 2009

Week 9 - Day 63, July 2, 2009 "Tiger Lillies in the Rain"

My time was once again very limited on the photography side of the day. My youngest son Allen was in Boy's State this past week, and we picked him up from SUNY Morrisville. This included a ceremony, and a dinner. Allen did not want to be photographed, and it was raining. Between a few rain drops, I took a few photos of the Tiger Lillies..

I like the composition of the blossoms in this photograph, along with the rain drops on the petals of the flower.

Did you know that you can eat the petals of the Tiger Lillie. They have a sweet taste. I get a lot of strange looks when I eat them, so I refrained from doing so today. I try to embarrass my son only a few times a day.

Lessons Learned:
  • Because of the limited time I concentrated on the composition of this photo. I tried for the best background, and the most interesting arrangement of flowers. I think it worked well this time.
  • I also tried a lot of shots in a moving car when it was dark. The results were not very good. No surprise here, but it was worth a shot.
  • I discovered that my camera has a Mirror Lockup Setting. Usually when the shutter is pushed the mirror flips up, the shutter opens and closes and the photo is taken. With the Mirror Lockup setting enabled, I push the shutter once and the mirror flips up. Then I push the shutter again, and the photo is taken. Why is this useful? When taking macro or telephoto photos on a tripod I want to limit the vibration of the camera. The movement of the mirror can cause a vibration of the camera, and cause the photo to have a little more blur. Using this setting can reduce the vibration and hopefully produce a clearer photo.
Photo details: Exposure time 1/500 sec, Aperture f/4.0, ISO 200, Focal Length 17 mm, 35 mm equivalent focal length 27mm, Lens Canon EF 17-40mm, hand held.


Gary Rith Pottery Blog said...

I just love them. My favorite weed!

Gallow said...

Yes, the are prolific. Our new dog has been laying on top of ours, so we don't have as many this year. I think he finds them comfortable to lie upon.