Wild Blue Flower

Shot using an improvised set-up near a window with my Opteka Fisheye attached to my Nikon 35mm f/1.8G. For the background, I clipped a sheet of translucent plastic onto an old mic stand in front of the window, the colors you see in the background are from the scenery outside my window. I then arranged the flower in front of the plastic and added the water drops. I used my Nikon SB-700 flash on the side and slightly away from the flower, and set it to a very low power. The macro capabilities of my Opteka fisheye really allowed me to get in close. Really happy with how this came out.



Nikon D7000_Nikon 35mm f/1.8G_ISO250_f/3.5_1/125s_Opteka Fisheye Adapter


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  • Troy A PRO 3y

    That is outstanding work. that is marco work at its best. very nicely done.
  • Mia Minor PRO 3y

    stunning work, love the background colour and the details!
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    Troy A Thanks iLandman !!

    Mia Minor Thanks Mia !!
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  • Attila Danku 3y

    Very nice colors and details!
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    Attila Danku Thanks Attila !!
  • Daybreak2006 PRO 3y

    lovely shot Mike, i like the waterdrops.
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    Daybreak2006 Thanks Christine !!
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  • Abdulrhman ِAlshidoukhi 3y

    Awesome capture Mike
    can you do a tutorial for this capture ?
  • Mike Dunckley PRO 3y

    Abdulrhman ِAlshidoukhi Thanks Abdulrhman !! To tell you the truth, the description above is all it really took to get the shot.

    Materials :
    1. Window
    2. Sheet of translucent plastic
    3. Flower of your choice
    4. Eyedropper or something capable of holding enough water to precise place the water drops onto the flower
    5. External flash or Reflector to add some fill light from in front of the flower
    6. Depending on your location - A stand + clips/clamps to hang/position the plastic/flower in front of the window

    I first set up an old microphone stand in front of the window, I then used a pair of clamps to firmly secure the sheet of translucent plastic to the stand. I then improvised a secondary stand by using my exercise bike and a rubber band to hold the flower in front of the sheet of plastic. I then used an eye dropper to place the water drops on the flower. I wanted to add a bit of fill light to the flower from the front so I used my Nikon SB-700 flash on a tripod to the side of the flower and set it to a low power (-3.0). The flash didn't add much light and is barely visible in the shot, but I had been experimenting for an hour and had many other versions of this shot, some with a more powerful flash. I chose this one because of it's natural light look. I think you could use a reflector, it could be a sheet of white cardboard or a sheet of cardboard covered in tinfoil, to bounce some of the natural light coming from the window back onto the flower and get the same kind of effect. I shot this handheld, mainly due to the spur of the moment decision to shoot these photos, so I was limited to what shutter speed I could use, which in turn led me to use a lower aperture with a shallow depth of field. I think for the best quality I would next time use a tripod and maybe use an aperture of f/5.6 - f/8.0 to get more detail in the petals. But if I did choose to do that, then I would extend the distance between the flower and the sheet of plastic to keep the background nice and soft.

    Hope the helps !
  • Samuel Santiago 3y

    Yes is an absolutely beautiful shot. Thanks for the tutorial and info. I see that creativity is the mother of inventions.
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Taken on March 16, 2012
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