Ornamentals over the Pacific

Happy Sunday

This shot is appropriate to the day. It is a rainy Sunday in Maine and this was taken on a rainy Sunday in San Diego exactly a week ago. An I am not letting the rain dampen my spirits today either!

An ornamental hedge that surrounds the Visitor Center at Cabrillo National Monument. I sat the camera more or less on top of the hedge, using the flip out LCD and Super Macro,  and shot across the top to frame this cluster of  blossoms against the stormy Pacific sky. I would have used Exposure Lock and Program Shift for better depth, at 1/250 I had plenty of room for a slower shutter speed and smaller aperture, but it was raining and I did not want to risk the camera out from under cover for more than the time it took to grab this shot.

Canon SX20IS at 28mm equivalent and Super Macro. F2.8 @ 1/250th @ ISO 160. Programmed auto.

A bit of Recovery for the sky in Lightroom. Fill Light for the foreground. Blackpoint right. Added Clarity and some Vibrance. Sharpen landscape preset. Cropped from the bottom to eliminate out of focus foliage and for composition.

From San Diego 2010.


4 Responses to “3/14/2010”

  1. 03/14/2010 at 5:28 am

    Great as it is. It wouldn’t have been as good with greater depth of field IMHO.

  2. 2 singraham
    03/14/2010 at 5:40 am

    Thanks Andrew. I am not sure I would have like it any better either, but I would have tried it, given dryer conditions. The shallow depth does make the “subject” cluster pop out a bit more…

  3. 3 Lisa Polidora
    03/14/2010 at 6:54 am

    I really like how you shot this. Great shot especially for a rainy day!

  4. 4 Wendy Hollands
    03/14/2010 at 8:04 am

    really beautiful!!

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