Excuse me while I pontificate for a short bit. Since a photographer does not gear make, I’ve decided to post photos occasionally. Rather than focusing on gear, I will focus on photography, which is really what I should be doing anyway.
So, in honor of that, I played around with off-camera flash and a lovely red rose. My favorite shot of the three I’ll post was definitely the closer-in texture of the petals, but I thought the others turned out decently.
These were taken with a Yongnuo YN500EX with a Lumiquest Mini Softbox on a tripod to camera-left, triggered by the Canon 70D’s on-camera flash as master. I put the flash quite close to the flower and it led to some funky effects with slightly blown highlights on occasion. The lens used was the EF-S 18-55mm IS STM with a 20mm extension tube.
This is my first in what I hope will be a documentation of growth in photography. Who knows, maybe one day I will actually be good enough to be considered an amateur photographer, rather than just a guy with a nice’ish camera.
p.s. – For the curious, the post title “A rose by any other name…” is part of a quote from Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet: “What’s in a name? that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet.”