Spring has sprung here in Williamsburg, Virginia! Yesterday morning I went down to Colonial Williamsburg around 9am after putting in an hour or so of work. It was one of those mornings I kept looking outside and thought the light was especially nice. 9am isn’t early by a photographer’s standards but it was early enough that the light was still soft.
I ventured down to Colonial Williamsburg with a general idea of what I wanted to capture. I took one lens; a 150mm Mamiya medium format lens on my Nikon D800 so I was going to look for subjects in interesting light that I can isolate from their background. Telephoto lenses like this help create shallow depth of focus and nice blurry backgrounds. I have a Nikon telephoto lens that was designed to work seamlessly on my D800 but I love the quality and feel of the Mamiya manual focus lenses*. I think of photography as an experience; the process is just as important as the creation of an image.
*I am working on a post about using medium format lenses on 35mm camera bodies, more to come…
The colors of the flowers were really intense. I don’t generally think of myself as a flower photographer but I have been making a conscious effort to do more close-up photography like these images.
The subject of these images is more about capturing beautiful color in nice light than making a photograph of a flower. Part of a photographer’s job is to communicate with the viewer. I am not able to tell you what type of flowers these are but it was my intention that you would get more out of these images than simply the particular species.
When making a photograph, think about giving your viewer a glimpse into the experience of being on location with you rather than simply conveying information about the subject.