I finally made some time to go out shooting today. I can’t say I spent a great deal of time at it, but I didn’t come back empty-handed so I guess that’s something. I’ve been both busy and, to be honest, not feeling the creative juices flowing the last few days. I knew I had to do something to get past the creative block. I left home about an hour earlier than I normally would to pick Mary up from work and found a place to park on UT’s campus. It happened to be near The Rock so that was my first photo. (For those that don’t know what The Rock is, I’ll explain it as best I can when I post the final image – probably tomorrow.)
As for today, the image below was taken across the street from The Rock. It was part of a huge bush growing between the sidewalk and a building. This one particular branch had really taken off and grown out and over the sidewalk. I tried setting up my tripod underneath it but it was just too hard to try different angles on the tripod with the camera pointing almost straight up. I had to handhold it to shoot the 3 shots needed for the HDR sequence. Fortunately, it was a bright day and I wanted a fairly shallow depth of field so the apeture was wide open enough to keep me a couple of stops under max shutter speed for an average exposure. I put the camera on high-speed continuous shooting and had my 3 exposures in under a second. There was barely any noticeable shift between the images and Photomatix kept the ghosting to a minimum around the flower. There was some ghosting around the leaves, but I selectively blurred the entire branch to keep the focus on the flowers.
This is definitely my favorite of the shots I came away with today. I think the main reason I like it is because it’s simple and busy at the same time. It’s simple in that it’s just a single branch with flowers on the end against the sky. But the flowers are in a bunch so there’s lots to look at there and the branch is full of leaves and the remnants of flowers that were blooming when they were at the end of the branch. And the clouds aren’t just blobs of white; there’s texture and form there even though they are not perfectly in focus. I will say that the full size image shows the complexity better than this version since I had to scale it down to fit on the page.
Well, that’s it for tonight. The good news is that I’ve got 3 other images to post so I should be good to go for a few days with blog material.