Hocus Focus!

I just can’t stop thinking about the flower show that I visited yesterday! I was eagerly waiting for it, after all, I get to click a lot of pictures. πŸ˜‰ I had decided that my next contribution to Raj’s Learn Photography would be after my visit to the flower show. I wanted to use all the tips that Raj gave me in few of my previous posts on Learn Photography.

The topic for this week is Sharpness. Since most of my subjects are flowers, I decided to get a bit creative. I was switching between manual and guide mode.

This is my all time favorite (since yesterday). The flower shown below is called Helichrysum. There were loads and loads of helichrysums but I decided to focus on this bud.


EXIF Data :
Exposure time: 1/200



EXIF Data :
Exposure time: 1/200



EXIF Data :
Exposure time: 1/200

The above three photographs were clicked while on manual mode (M). I kept ISO settings to auto.


There was a lot of purple around but I tried to focus on the greens. Resulting in? The below photograph says it all.


EXIF Data :
Exposure time: 1/60


Creative cactus! Of colors yellow, pink and red, these beauties are some eye candy! Don’t they look like scoops of yummy ice cream? Thorny ice cream!!  πŸ˜›


EXIF Data :
Exposure time: 1/25


And this one is my favorite too. Coxcomb! They were large in size and number. And there was one pink coxcomb that was bigger than my face. I tried clicking a selfie and… neither my face nor the coxcomb was in the photo. I am bad at taking selfies and I am bad in front of the camera!! I can’t make duck faces!! 

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EXIF Data :
Exposure time: 1/30

Don’t they look like colored broccoli? πŸ˜‰



28 thoughts on “Hocus Focus!

  1. Awesome pictures. I think soon we’ll have an assistant professor for photography πŸ˜€

    So so perfect! πŸ’™


    1. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ assistant professor πŸ™ˆ all those who finish post doc or PhD and join colleges are taken as assistant professors. Baad mein professor …
      Thank you πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸŒΉπŸŒΉ

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  2. Wow.. What did you do to these flowers? They are smiling at you with happiness! Spectacular contribution Rekha.. right on the topic!

    Pic 1: Perfect focus on the subject. Sharp and clean.. Nothing to complain about. Beautiful subject isolation. You have not mentioned about aperture and the focal length for all the shots that info is important. Here you could have gone bit closer and shot in portrait mode in my opinion. Here the interest is only the subject.

    Pic 2: Again nicely done shot. Liked the composition too, perfect β€œbreathing space”. Although you could have avoided the blurry flower in the background. Focus looks like on the tip of the flower. I am sure you had wide open aperture here, probably you could have tried with f8 that would have put the whole flower sharp. Also hope you have taken some extreme close up s of the flower’s inner beauty.

    Pic 3: Lovely shot and nicely executed. Perfect for a wallpaper! This is the perfect example where you don’t need breathing space. You could have tried taking this shot at aperture f11 or something to put more sharpness range here. Bottom two stray leaves could have been avoided.

    Pic 4: Again a great wallpaper. You have done a great setting here to just focus on the greens. This produces the subject separation and adds 3rd dimension. Again no breathing space required (as done here)

    Pic 5: Nice stand up of colorful cactus. All are posing nicely. Only drawback here is the background. That green cloth is not contributing to the shot. Probably you should have taken this shot from higher level..(not from top but at 45 degrees) that way your screen covers maximum cactus and top 1/3 of the screen with the green plants.

    Pic 6: Bit of confusion here. Viewer first sees the yellow as it’s focused and sharp but its cutoff on the right. So user will drift to the left towards the left pink ones, but again it’s not sharp, so he goes to other sets but not able to find a sharp picture. Hope you get the point. You have to decide on the objective before you take the shot. I would go for good close up of yellow filling 3/4th of the screen here.
    Great set of pictures and perfect submission for the topic β€œSharpness” this is the great way to learn about taking sharp pictures. Yes one needs to be like a sniper aiming for a kill while doing such photographs and needs lot of patience.

    That duck face… comment is funny! πŸ˜€
    This critical review is part of XDrive Photo Learning Session on β€œSharpness”. Thanks Rekha for making a fantastic contribution.

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    1. Thank you, Raj πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
      The flower show was jam packed this time. Unless someone pushed me and I fell on these flowers, I couldn’t get more closer shotsπŸ˜‰ I was clicking on full zoom. May be I need to crop the photos πŸ™‚ pic 2-i have taken some close ups of the flower’s inner beauty. I am really happy that you call my photos wallpaper types πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€ I will get back with the other exif data soon. The cactus is about 4-5inches above the ground and I was almost doing urulu seve to click that pic. I have tried various angles, I will be posting them soon. I wanted to post only about these colorful cactus, clicked a lot of them πŸ˜€ I agree with pic 6, the coxcombs looks a bit imperfect.
      Thanks again Raj πŸ˜€ *I was smiling while typing this comment *

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      1. First of all.. glad to bring that “smile” … and we all need that. πŸ’—
        Sincerely I felt most of the pictures have come out excellent..Yes I agree its very easy to comment from my sofa .. 😁 😁
        But you should take both the lenses and use mostly the tele lens as you can get close to the subject..
        Cheers to you.


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