photographing backyard flowers and dealing with red roses

The orchid tree is blooming again, and I’m out trying to get some good photos before the blooms quickly wilt and start to seed. The two photos were taken roughly 12 hours apart, the first right at the end of golden hour and the second in the morning.

I love the mix of greens and purples that the tree produces this time of year.

This little rose was taken in the golden hour, in the shade. I have tried very much to keep the red channel from being overwhelmed. I was trying to pick up the subtle shadows as well as the veining on the petals, while trying to keep the background reasonably out of focus.

Everything taken with the E-M1.2 and 40-150mm PRO seated on a 15-year-old Benro travel tripod. If anything, the tripod allows me to better compose and focus on the subjects. Trying to do flower photography hand-held is a non-starter for me, probably due to my advancing age.

Oh, and it was a lovely 81° F today.

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