May 28, 2011

Blue Spring Flower at Boston University

I always love when I find a floral photography object that I can beautifully isolate against an attractive background. My last one I found on a long walk with my wife when we passed a small Boston University garden on Commonwealth Avenue. The contrasting blue and purple colors of these spring flowers really stood out and immediately drew me in. The very next morning I made my way back to the location. A morning shower added priceless value in form of raindrops and color saturation to the spring flowers. I set up my tripod and camera and started exploring the blue flowers with my lens and camera. It took a while until I finally found a potential floral model that I was able to isolate against the purple flowers. The overcast sky provided ideal balancing photography lighting condition. The wind was a little problem but my persistence kept me shooting until I captured my vision. The camera aperture was set to f/5 that resulted in an exposure time of 1/80 sec. and provided the limited depth of field to blur out the flowers in the background nicely. I compensated the exposure by 1/3 of a step that helped to saturate the colors further and make the blue spring flower really pop. During the post processing I minimally adjusted lighting, contrast and color saturation before sharpening this floral image.