This is not a type of photo I usually take. It's not that I'm not into flowers. It's just that bouquets don't generally inspire me to pull out my camera (unless there's an insect on them). But, in the spirit of adding more flower-power to my portfolio, I figure'd I'd give it a go. What inspired me the most about this bouquet was the fact that it was given to me by my graduating students. It was a thoughtful gift that warmed my heart, so I felt the need to preserve it the way only a photograph can.
I took about 20 exposures before I decided I had one I liked. This isn't because the photographic aspect of the image were difficult to obtain. I knew I wanted a side backlight from the open window, so I positioned the bouquet accordingly. I wanted a high-key look, so I made sure to catch a pice of the window in the frame, but not so much that it whited out the little flowers that add so much texture to the arrangement. The challenge was getting the balloon to stay where I wanted it to and to face the right way. Reflections in the smooth plastic were another matter, but that's a discussion for another day. I shot on f/1.8 to narrow the depth of field (on an APS-C sensor, this delivers a slightly deeper focus than on a full frame, on which I'd likely have shot at a lower stop). Once that was figured out, all I had to do was frame it up, shoot and tweak it in Lightroom.
This is un-cropped, framed exactly as shot, using only the indirect afternoon light from the window. Long after the flowers have wilted, I'll be able to look at this picture and remember the day my wonderful students gave it to me. I love being a photographer!
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