Isolating A Columbine Bloom

A columbine bloom in western Montana during the late spring of 2014.

A columbine bloom in western Montana during the late spring of 2014.

The Columbine photograph shown here was created using a Canon Rebel XS, and the 18-55mm IS II lens. The camera and lens settings are as follows; 27mm. Autofocus was on, IS was turned off, ISO 200, the pop-up flash was not used, White Balance was set to Auto, and set to AV. This image was created on a day that was extremely overcast with isolated rain showers occurring throughout the day. To help make the flower more isolated and stand out the background used was a black rain jacket that was draped over the back of a plastic lawn chair; both were placed several feet behind the cluster of Columbine flowers that were in various stages of bloom in the front flower garden. The flowers were not damaged in any way during the creation of this photograph. Using software to slowly and lightly boost the shadows and very slightly increase the color tone and highlights. The resulting image shown above demonstrates the results of careful pre-visualizing, planning,  and taking care to not over use the camera or software.
Do you think a white or other background would have been better for this image? Would the pop-up or an off camera flash helped the image? What elements in the image here do you find to be appealing and unique? How could the photograph above been made more unique?



About Douglas Wilks Photography

I am an advanced photographer who lives in western Montana. I create a variety of strong images using a DSLR, computer, and digital software. I am available for hire for full time, part time, or projects. Most of my images are of landscapes, still life, and events. I am always looking to improve my skills, network of friends and professionals, and portfolio. I look forward to creating new friends, contacts, and others who are interested in photography.
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