Monday, September 7, 2009

Week 19, Day 137, September 7, 2009, "Tall Yellow Flower", Winner of Week 19 in the online viewer poll

I'm not sure what this flower is called. It grows near the back of our house. I was standing when I took this photo, and I'm 6'4". So that may give you some idea of how tall these are. They grow to about 8 feet tall.

As far as the photography is concerned, I used my circular polarizer filter. I wanted to try and have a blue sky. The filter did help with the sky, but then the flowers were to dark. I then popped up the flash on my camera so that the flowers would have some light. I still wanted a faster shutter speed, but I discovered that the built in flash on my camera will only allow the shutter speed to be 1/200 of a second. Great, now I have to add the Speed Light Flash as another item on my wish list!

Lessons Learned:
  • See paragraph above about the need for a better flash.
Photo details: Exposure time 1/200 sec, Aperture f/4.0, ISO 100, Focal Length 17 mm, 35 mm equivalent focal length 27mm, Lens Canon EF 17-40mm, handheld, Circular Polarizer Filter, Flash.

Winner of week 19 in the online viewer poll.


Elizabeth Gilje said...

Very very very cool, LOVE this! Probably one of my favorite of yours to date. And that's tough to achieve!

RuneE said...

A great and innovative photo of what must be a giant flower - and I don't know the name either (we probably don't have it).

PS Beware that very few cameras (if any) can use shutter-speeds faster than 1/250 sec. This doesn't matter so much with ordinary pictures since the flash is much faster than this and supplies most of the light. Also (and you probably know this) - the effect of the polarizing filter depends on the angle it has with the light source, so you have to adjust it for each shot. I'm sorry if I repeat what you already know.

Gallow said...


I really appreciate your knowledge, and I would rather have you repeat something that I know than not saying anything at all. Thank you for doing this.


Gallow said...


Thank you for your encouraging words. I like this one as well.


Elizabeth Gilje said...

I guess that does sound a bit fishy. Let's just say he likes to see me win!

TheColorTree said...

I love the composition in this photo. The judicious cropping suggests airiness and highlights the space outside the frame.