Snakes-Head Fritillaries

Snakes-Head Fritillaries

Snakes-Head Fritillaries

SNAKES-HEAD FRITILLARIES (Fritillaria meleagris)

These plants, grown from bulbs 2-years ago, gave me a poor yield of flowers last year with most of the bulbs only producing leaves, but this year they have done much better. I set up my camera and tripod about an hour after sunrise to get this shot before any wind caused the flowers to nod; (due to the delicate nature of the stems I decided against using my plant clamp.) Fortunately this group of flowers were all in the same plane and made for a very pleasing well-balanced arrangement. I used a wide aperture on my 70mm macro-lens with a x1.5 teleconverter attached; this enabled me to fill the frame with the subject at a comfortable working distance of about a metre and a half, whilst also rendering the background foliage somewhat out of focus. I have found that exposure can be a problem with intensely coloured flowers and detail can be lost in the strong highlights. Here I used the small on-camera flash which, being over a metre away, was nicely muted allowing for some latitude in post-editing later.

Sony A700; Sigma EX DG 70mm lens; Kenko x1.5 teleconverter; f2.8 at 1/125 sec; ISO 100; manual focus; camera IS off; camera flash; 2 sec self-timer. tripod with fluid head. My garden, Norfolk, UK. 9th April, 2011
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09/04/11
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Garden
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