Photography subjects are sometimes as easy to find as walking outside to get the mail. I have been watching the various Peony plants start forming flower buds (really the outermost green leaf-like sepals) over the last month. As the flower within matures and grows, the flower’s colors start to burst the “seams” of the sepals. As the new peony flowers emerge in various colors and petal variations, I have been trying to figure out how to best photograph them. While I had considered cutting flowers to photograph them indoors in a controlled environment, the thought of cutting a perfectly fine flower deterred me. Unexpectedly, while walking back from the mailbox, I noticed a single petal on the ground. This was as good of a time as any to work on a composition indoors with an adjustable low light source and capture texture, shadows, and curves.
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, spot metering mode, ISO100, 35mm (prime lens), f/10, 13 sec
Cameron Park (CA), Peony Petal, Wood Surface, Low Light, Monochrome. Cameron Park, CA. May 01, 2017. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.