Autumn Berries of Japonica

Autumn Berries of Japonica

Autumn Berries of Japonica

AUTUMN BERRIES of JAPONICA

I have a group of shrubby-type plants growing quite near to my lounge window and I have been watching their flowers gradually turn into red and yellow fruits over the last few weeks. The fruits provide food for hungry birds as other foods become scarcer at this time of the year and a spectacular display of autumn and winter colours is provided for humans and avian creatures alike.

My task was to find a suitable group of berries that were all in the same plane of focus for my macro-lens whilst also being set against a reasonably dark background. I also needed to find some berries that were not in full sunlight which would have rendered the picture too contrasty. I eventually found a pleasing composition that satisfied my requirements, and the berries still had the remnants of the cool night's dew on them after the unusually hot days of an English late September, which added some animation to the image. I also needed to achieve as bigger depth of field as possible without the background being too intrusive and so chose a high f number and a low shutter speed which required the use of my tripod to produce a sharp image of the water droplets and the berries.

Sony A700, Sigma 70mm macro lens, f11 at 1/8th second, ISO 100, self-timer, manual focus, camera IS off, tripod. Local shrubs near my home. September 29th., 2011.
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Date:
29/09/11
Location:
Local shrubs near my home
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