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Sunday, 17 June 2012

Finding the Path

I was walking with my family through the Abbey Gardens in Bury St. Edmunds when I noticed a beautiful bed of tulips. Unfortunately the background was rather messy and didn't immediately favour either a situational or macro shot. However, the bed was surrounded by a rather ugly tarmac path and I wondered if I could get close with a 25mm (50mm equiv) f1.4 lens to render it as a smooth background. After trying several tulips and angles, I was finally able to isolate the flower against the dark grey background of the path. On viewing the image on a PC it was clear the dark grey background didn't complement the flower, however with Lightroom 4 it was possible to lighten this tone to a warmer light grey that was a better match.

I also found this tulip worked well in both black and white and as a cross processed image. Image captured at 1/1600, f1.4, ISO 160:


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