Among the Lilacs, 22 May 2010


Hey look! Flowers! Y’know, ‘cuz its spring and all that that entails.


Photo Information:

Camera: Nikon D80
Lens: Nikon Nikkor 60mm f/2.8 Micro [2]
ISO Equivalency: 100
Color Setting: Vivid

I will freely admit that I fiddled with the color on this one in post processing. The day when I shot this, the weather was overcast, so the light, while good for underexposing shots, wasn’t quite so generous when it came to color, so I adjusted that after the fact. Mostly, this entailed accentuating the blue tones in the original, while preserving the green background hues; there’s little else in the photo, [3] so I didn’t need to worry too much about things looking too unnatural. [4]

Oh, and in case you’re wondering, I came across these particular flowers while walking through Lincoln Park in Chicago. To be fair, though, they’re all over the place in various neighborhoods, so the specific location for these ones isn’t really all that important.



[1]: Yes, I know these are lilacs…someone mentioned that fact to their partner as they were walking by. Thanks, random Chicagoan!

[2]: No, this isn’t a microscope attachment gizmo, or anything fancy like that (or a typo). To the rest of the world, this is a Macro lens; “Micro” is just Nikon’s proprietary term for Macro. God only know why.

[3]: This photo also serves as a good illustration of both the selective focus afforded by the Macro lens, and the superb shallow depth of field rendering available to the larger DSLR sensors. I have no doubt that I could’ve captured a similar shot using my older point-and-shoot digital camera on its macro setting (curiously, in these latter cameras, Nikon labels this function Macro, as opposed to the lens mentioned above…), but there are limits to what the smaller sensors and non-specialized lenses can do. The lens I mentioned above, on the other hand, is specifically designed for macro work; I think the design qualities show, don’t you?

[4]: Well, unnatural being a relative term in this case, since the photo above isn’t quite as the camera captured it, of course. On the other hand, this is closer to what I wanted the camera to capture…


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