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Thank you so much, Carrol! You always have such kind words to say about my shots! Much appreciated!
I thought this would be fairly easy to do so first I set up my big lightbox on a table in the back yard, thinking I'd use diffuesd sunlight to light it against a black backgound. Then I had to find a little vase to prop the Dandelion up in. When I found that, I set up my tripod and camera (my 70-200 lens with an extender ring to get a macro shot) using some other kind of flower as a standin and then my two younger daughters and i set off hunting for nice Dandelions. There were a lot more of them that I had anticipated but still, most of them are in the yellow flower stage still so we had to drive somewhat far afield to get six nice specimens. When we got back, I discoered that the vase was too tall so that the stems wouldn't show properly. So I had to stuff something into the vase to hold them up higher. Then, the light was too dim inside the lightbox to get a fast shutter speed and still get any DOF so I wound up turning the box into the sun but then the black background got all grey. I decided to angle the box so that the background was still in shadow but the dandelion was in full sunlight. Then I had a hard time figuring out the right exposure since the earliesst shots metered for the whole scene, which overexposed the Dandelion. While i was figuring that out, the little girls started complaining because they were still carefully holding the remaining 5 Dandelions in their hands so as not to hurt them. It was very hot out in the sun and they were getting really impatient to blow the Dandelions all over. Ultimately, I took a lot of shots to finally get one I liked, and we used up all the Dandelions doing it.
All the best,
PS. :worried: So far, Philly, is the only one here whose use of the "F" word doesn't automatically constitute the "Kiss of Death" so I hope in her absence you have also taken over her abilities as a prognosticator. BTW, she hasn't been around for quite some time. I hope all's well with her.
Congrats! You came up with an entry just in time! And a wonderful one it is, too!
Very, very well done.
Can you share with us how you pulled it off?
(BTW: Since Philly seems to be busy elsewhere this week, I guess I'll have to do her job of saying, "Finalist!"
Edited by Strad on Feb 13, 2008 at 02:18 AM GMT
Edited on Feb 13, 2008 at 10:18 AM