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.

classic color look or craptastic look?

Drive-by RedPlaying with trying to recreate a color classic look, courtesy of Lightroom 6 and Nik Collection’s Analog Efex Pro 2. I was sitting in traffic at a stoplight and looked out my window to see this bedding. I grabbed the E-M1.2 I’ve been carrying with me in the car and grabbed about six shots before the light turned green. This one satisfied me so I ran it through the effects filter. What makes it a bit odd is that I cropped it 16:9 in Lightroom. Old film wasn’t 16:9, at least none that I ever knew about. 16:9 is a bit more cinematic.
UniversalSame type of opportunity, except this time I was across from Universal Studios Orlando. Don’t ask me what I saw in this, except it struck a chord of the types of photos my parents and family members took on a trip to Florida back before I was four. We all traveled down to Miami. I still have fragments of memories from that trip. I didn’t travel back to Florida until right before I was married in the 1980s.
The rose
This of the rose I left alone. On my monitor it has a velvety quality, perhaps due to the monitor physics. It’s blooming in my garden. This little bloom heralds a much greater number of roses to come. I left it the way it essentially came out of the camera (I cropped it to a square).

All three taken with the E-M1.2 and 40-150mm PRO combination.