Today i decided to do something a little different for me, photographically speaking. The reason for this is that i notice we have a chairman's challenge this year of a single flower, at my local photography club. As i have never really had a proper go at this i thought i should get some practice in!
The set up was simple , i set my black and decker workmate up and carefully clamped a single flower into it. I then set up a light stand behind and clamped a piece of blue colored card to it to act as the background. I then set up a second light stand to which i attached my Canon 580 EX ii. I fitted the speedlite with my Lumiquest Softbox III. This is a small softbox but in comparison to the single flower was relatively large, this provides a nice soft light source.
The speedlite was set to manual at about 1/16th power and was fired using the fantastic Yongnuo YN-622c radio triggers. I shoot with a Canon 5D MK III and used the EF 24 - 105 F/4.0 IS L USM at F/8.0 for 1/100th sec. I took a number of shots to try out different compositions and lighting positions but i like the results of the above image.
I then started to play a bit with different lenses and flowers and used some macro rings for some real close up images. I then decided to convert some to mono and have to say i really like the mono results , here are some of the images i took.
And here are some of my favorite mono images
Hope you found at least one image you like , i am happy with the results as its my first try at this but if this is your forte i would love to hear what you think and any advise tips and tricks you can give me would be gratefully received !