As I mentioned in my photo commentary last week, I don’t usually schedule specific pictures for certain days just like my photo from last week I’m making an exception here. I didn’t take this picture so I could use it as the first image of 2020, but as I was looking through my image collection I thought it might be an appropriate way to ring in the new year. So here you go :)
I shot this back in the fall of 2019 in mid afternoon on a sunny day, and the composition was a bit different for me because of how the light hits the flower. Typically I don’t use backlighting very much but I thought it would work pretty well in this case, and think it makes the resulting image look a bit more interesting and dynamic as a result. If the sun were behind me it would have illuminated the entire flower evenly, but as such I like the white glow around the edge and, as a bonus, the fun highlights behind it in the background. Aperture selection on my 50mm lens here was a little tricky since I knew I wanted a nice blown-out background, but I also wanted the flower to be fully in focus and f/1.8 would have made this almost impossible. F/4 seemed like a bit too far the other way, so I compromised with f/3.3.
I think it worked out fairly well though I must say the background, while being bright and colorful, is a bit too busy and cluttered for my taste. In any case I hope this flower helps bring a smile and sense of optimism to you as you start 2020, and here’s to a year full of new life and new possibilities :)