Flower "Action" Shots w/105 VR!

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I noticed a few interesting flowers while walking back to my car after lunch. I tried a new technique with my D300 and 105 VR for these.

It was windy and the flowers were blowing around. So, I pretended I was shooting sports images! For most of these, I set the camera on continuous focus and held the AF-ON button down so that it would track the flower. I also went with some rapid bursts in the hopes of getting some in focus. Overall, I was pleased with the results.

Here are a few:

#1: Purple strands
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#2: Flower curtain
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#3: Ball of orange
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#4: Hanging hooks
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#5: Birthday cake candles (flower)
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#6: Flower bell
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All good, my preference being no3.

I like number 5 in theory however it could do with being a touch sharper, there is nothing that really grabs the eye.

Thanks for sharing.
 
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All good, my preference being no3.

I like number 5 in theory however it could do with being a touch sharper, there is nothing that really grabs the eye.

Thanks...

That's interesting about #5. Does this one work any better? I think it is sharper, but still doesn't have anything specific to anchor the eye...

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Actually, when I was looking at these, I thought #1 is your weakest, and #5 is actually your strongest - at least it made me stop and go "wow".
 
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Actually, when I was looking at these, I thought #1 is your weakest, and #5 is actually your strongest - at least it made me stop and go "wow".

Thanks for your perspective on this. I kind of liked #5 as well as I was striving for a more abstract look. I wasn't trying to achieve ultimate sharpness throughout the image. It's always interesting to read the various opinions on photographs.

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Thanks...

That's interesting about #5. Does this one work any better? I think it is sharper, but still doesn't have anything specific to anchor the eye...

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I think I prefer the first one Glenn. I felt it had a bit more of an 'anchor' point even though it wasn't as sharp or pronouced as I'd like.

Thanks for your perspective on this. I kind of liked #5 as well as I was striving for a more abstract look. I wasn't trying to achieve ultimate sharpness throughout the image. It's always interesting to read the various opinions on photographs.

Glenn

I can see what you were getting at in terms of an abstract look however I'd prefer if something, even if it was just a tiny point to be sharp.
 
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I think I prefer the first one Glenn. I felt it had a bit more of an 'anchor' point even though it wasn't as sharp or pronouced as I'd like.

I can see what you were getting at in terms of an abstract look however I'd prefer if something, even if it was just a tiny point to be sharp.
Robert,

Thanks for taking the time to comment. I really appreciate it!

I also preferred the first image to the second one I posted.

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An impressive set and thanks for describing the technique you used. I will certainly try it. I agree that number 5 made me stop and look. I think it's my favorite.
 
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Wow these are very nice. How did you get them to stay still long enough to keep them so sharp? I'm forever fighting with the wind....and losing.
 
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Greg, I think number 5 is interesting, personally

I like pattern shots, at least I think this would be considered a pattern

in that case I like it that no one thing catches the eye

edit - I like the original 5 better of the two
 
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Wow these are very nice. How did you get them to stay still long enough to keep them so sharp? I'm forever fighting with the wind....and losing.

Thanks!

I tried to wait for the breeze to settle before pressing the shutter. But, having the continuous focus helped as it actually tracked the flower while it was moving. For the most part, the shutter speeds were fast enough to stop the movement of the flower--and the VR helped to minimize any camera shake.

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Greg, I think number 5 is interesting, personally

I like pattern shots, at least I think this would be considered a pattern

in that case I like it that no one thing catches the eye

edit - I like the original 5 better of the two

Thanks for commenting.

I was definitely going for a pattern shot on #5--and I also tried to achieve that gradual blur of color effect.

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Very nice Glen... I never thought about flowers as sports.
 

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