Monday, August 31, 2009
Wild Blue Asters - My Vision
I found this patch of wild asters near the top of Mill Creek Canyon (near Salt Lake City, Utah USA) a few weeks ago. This was an early evening exposure, with very little post-processing. The exposure has a +5/3 EV bias (one of several exposures for later HDR processing). I like it just the way it was, so I left it as is -- without the HDR post-processing. (Click on image for a larger view.)
These flowers are normally a more purple color, but the early evening light changed the color to more of a blue shade. Normally, I would have changed my white balance on my camera to 6500 degrees Kelvin to compensate for the cooler light, or warmed up the image in post-processing. But again. I like it this way.
I hate fussing with things when there's no need, don't you? Simple can be best.
BTW, I used the widest aperture my 17mm-85mm lens had, and let the camera set the shutter speed (Aperture Priority). Manually focusing on two blossoms, I let the other flowers blur. I increased the camera's ISO setting (to 640) until I had a shutter speed of 1/25 of a second -- about the slowest I dare use for a hand-held shot, using my len's built in image stabilization feature. I could have put the camera on a tripod, but the wind was blowing enough to blur flowers taken at slower speeds.
You can also view my Flickr Photostream to see more of "My Vision."