Archive for July 24th, 2009





A small stand of Jack in the Pulpit at Coastal Maine Botanical Garden. Getting late in the afternoon. Plants in shadow  but with sun on the ground and plants behind them. Not an easy shot. Also they were deep in a bed with a boarder, so I could not get very close.

This shot was taken right down on ground level with the LCD flipped out and at full zoom to frame the single bloom. This had the advantage of throwing the background well out of focus and creating some interesting bokeh. A shot like this is only possible hand held due to the H50s excellent image stabalization. It is not that the shutter speed was too slow for hand holding…it is that with the long zoom and bending low for the shot…I am just not that stable.

Sony DSC H50 at full zoom (465mm equivalent). F4.0 @ 1/200th @ ISO 100. Programed auto.

Clearly a shot like this with high dynamic range and the light behind the subject is going to take both careful exposure and some post processing. I have come to trust the H50’s auto exposure system to the extent that I rarely second guess it…and then too, I know what I can do in Lightroom. I used heavy Recovery for the highlights behind the flower, and added Fill Light to bring up color and detail in the bloom itself. Blackpoint to the right to bring out the intensity. I had already used the Punch preset which adds Clarity and Vibrance. Landscape sharpen preset.

The result is even better than I envisioned at the time. I think anyway.