To be honest I feel kind of silly posting this picture because there’s not really a whole lot going on here: it’s a couple flowers against a green background. Anyone could get this shot, maybe even with an iPhone. So why post it here? Well…because I just like the photo. It didn’t require any special techniques, gear, or even much effort but that’s not really the point. If my goal as a photographer (well, one of them anyway) is to create images that I like, then this basic picture fits the bill quite well. I shot it when I was out looking for a different photo that I might post here someday if I can ever get it right, and even though there’s nothing particularly noteworthy about it I think I might end up printing it as a wall decoration someday. It’s simple but visually pleasing, and sometimes that’s all you need :)

This was in the middle of a medium-sized flower patch and that I paused and examined for a few minutes from a couple different angles. I generally don’t like shooting at ultra-wide apertures because the shallow depth of field can be a bit too unwieldy, so I took a few at f/4 with the goal of getting one flower in focus but adding some blurred out ones in the background for a bit of context:


A similar photo shot at f/4. Big difference between this and f/1.8 :)

I usually don’t look at my pictures until I get them loaded into Lightroom but I wondered if f/4 might result in a depth of field that was a bit too wide, so I looked around a bit more for a solitary flower with just a few others in the background. Soon I found the one you see in the original photo and took a few shots at f/1.8 (which required a 1/8000 shutter speed even at ISO 100) specifically because I was hoping to do a couple of things in the image:

• I wanted the focal point of the image to be the flower in the center, which was a bit different from my usual style of having the subject off to one side
• I wanted the flower on the right to be slightly out of focus, but not too much
• I wanted the third flower on the left to be way out of focus to give a sense of depth and perspective
• I wanted the sidewalk behind the flowers to be in the background as a way of adding a bit of color variety

Overall I am quite pleased with how things turned out, and I guess it just goes to show that sometimes you don’t need to be all artsy and technical about things. Sometimes you just gotta take a picture of a flower :)


  1. Great pic. Very useful to know the settings you used and why. Thanks

    • Thank you, Teresa! I’m glad you like the pic and found my description of the settings to be helpful too :)

  2. Thank you very much for sharing.

  3. As a hobbyist I find your approach to photography so refreshing. Thanks for the weekly articles.

    • I’m really glad to hear that, Debbie. I consider myself a complete amateur hobbyist as well, and I always like connecting with fellow aspiring photographers like you. I’m glad you find this site useful :)

  4. Nice colors and, as usual, use of DOF.

    • Thanks, William! I’m glad you think it’s a nice use of DOF. I’m always torn between using too much or too little, and it’s nice to know this one turned out with just the right balance :)

  5. Beauty is beauty, nothing silly about that. This is gorgeous! :)

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