Purple Iris: Photo of the Day

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To help keep the blog alive with current content, we at Randy Bayne Photography (and by we I mean me) are starting a “Photo of the Day” category. To be clear, we probably won’t actually be posting a photo every single day. Maybe two or three times a week, but “photo of sometime during the week” just didn’t sound right. Besides, I know me, and I won’t keep up with a photo a day. It never happened when I joined POTD contest, and it won’t here.

Today’s Photo, Purple Iris, isn’t even from today. It was taken way back on April 8, 2017 while walking the dog around American Legion Park in Stockton, California. We were out on our afternoon walk with my camera slung over my shoulder, contemplating doing something crazy like moving to Georgia.

Why Purple Iris?

I made this image for the simplest of reasons. I liked it. The colors, the contrast, the raindrops on the petals, all of it. Sometimes that is all you need as motivation for making an image. Find something you like, something that makes you smile. Who can resist a purple iris?

Also, my wife likes irises, and that is reason enough.

It isn’t always things that make you smile that motivate capturing images. Sadness, anger, and ugliness are also play a part. It’s really about telling a story.

Images can have a powerful impact, both positive and negative. The story they tell can be your own, or it can be the story the person viewing the image creates in their own mind from their own experience. Often the most compelling story an image tells isn’t yours, it’s theirs.

It’s really about telling a story.

Share your story about this photo below in the comments.

How I Made This Image

This is the part where I tell you about the making of the image. I will try to be non-technical. If I fail and leave you with confusion or questions, email me or leave a comment below. I will answer your question and may use it in a future post for everyone who was too afraid to ask the question.

I captured this image at 3:57 PM on April 8, 2017. The date is not as important as the time, except to note that it was early spring. The time was late afternoon as the sun was lowering on the horizon. This means a soft, warm light. The direction of the light was from behind and to the left of the subject. This provided just enough back-lighting to make the colors pop against the green which was lit on the front.

To keep the background from overpowering the iris I used a narrow depth of field by opening the lens to f/3.2. This keeps the flower in focus while leaving the background soft so that the main subject remains the main subject.

I used my Canon 60D with a 50mm lens, handheld. Since I was walking the dog, my tripod was left at home. To get a shot with as little noise as possible and be able to get a sharp handheld image the camera was set to ISO 100, the lowest setting available. The shutter was set to 1/200 second. Fast enough to keep camera shake from being an issue.

The image was good straight out of the camera, but some minor adjustments were made in post-processing. Contrast and tone were adjusted, and I used the radial filter in Adobe Lightroom to subdue the background and make the iris pop.

Your Turn

Now it’s your turn to let me know what you think of Purple Iris. You can do that in the comments below or by email.

I’m waiting to see if this image is accepted at Lightstock.com. It will be available there when it is, and if for some reason it isn’t accepted I will post it to my gallery or to my fine art site. Maybe both.

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