Beyond the record shot

Photography Abstracts

As spring advances more opportunities present themselves for study and experimentation. I don’t, as a rule, create that many images that fall into the category of being impressionistic however now and then I like to indulge a little with subjects that I think might work. Like everyone else, I frequently trash more than I keep. You don’t need to trot to the ends of the earth to find suitable material; two of these images were photographed in my garden.

White Camellia Camellia japonica Nobilissima

Nikon D850, 200mm micro nikkor @ f/8, ISO 200, tripod.

Cherry Blossom Prunus species

Nikon D850, 200mm micro nikkor @ f/11, ISO 200, tripod.

I have always tried to record subjects in nature as they are and not try to embellish them into something that does not reflect their natural beauty and charm. Developing one’s style is not instantaneous it requires time, patience, a creative mind and an interesting subject. Making them gel into a single compelling image is a challenging task even for the most accomplished photographers; it’s what separates them from the masses. Practice is the only way in my opinion to improve your ability and perception. No experienced photographer would claim to produce visually impressive images with every press of the shutter. Now is a good time to get out there and experiment with the spring bloom!


Cherry Blossom Prunus species

Nikon D850, 200mm micro nikkor + 1.7x converter @ f/11, ISO 200, tripod.

Flowering Currant Ribes sanguineum

Nikon D850, 105mm micro nikkor + 1.7 converter @ f/16, ISO 200, tripod.

Maple Acer species

Nikon D850, 200mm micro nikkor @ f/8, ISO 200, tripod.

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