Archive for March 10th, 2010



Bird of Paradise on the Sky

One of my favorite things about visiting San Diego in March is the Bird of Paradise display. They are everywhere around the Marian Village Convention Center and the various hotels I frequent. For this shot, I used the flip-out lcd on the Canon to get low and shoot up, isolating the bloom against the blue sky and white clouds. Other stuff around the bloom dictated the placement in the frame if I wanted it isolated, but I think the leading placement (facing out the frame and closer to the exit edge than the entranceā€¦if you follow what I mean) works for this shot, mainly due to the strength of the subject.  It gives it a dynamic tension which I find interesting. In general, of course, I attempt to avoid the leading composition when I can.

Canon SX20IS at about 55mm equivalent. f3.5 @ 1/250th @ ISO 125. Programmed auto.

A bit of Recovery in Lightroom for the sky. Fill Light for the underside of the bloom. Blackpoint slightly right. Added Clarity and a tiny amount of Vibrance. Sharpen landscape preset.

From San Diego 2010.