The Last Flower

This is the last flower of my mom’s orchid. I can’t believe that it has lasted this long, this is going into the 5th months.

AV, f/4, 1/30sec, ISO-200, EB -0.3step, focal length 50mm, pattern metering

About the photo, it was raining outside and I had the hardest time getting the correct color and shooting with Exposure bias of -0.3 step seems to make the flower to stand out more, but the background looks a lot darker.   I’m not sure if flash would have helped here, and the only flash that I have was the pop-up and I don’t think it was fired at the time. I’m open for any suggestion, I’m having the hardest time with indoor photography that has poor lighting.


  1. Nye – the picture turns out okay but if you use the pop up flash might help lighting it up a little. I probably change my settings from ISO 200 to ISO 400 or 800, plus change the f/4 to like f/8 or f/10.

    • Hi seeharhed, thanks. When I was shooting Auto a while back, I found out then that the flash made the flower glare. And since I’m shooting semi auto/manual now (AV), I discover that shooting with auto made the picture looks kind of flat, which I had never noticed before. I see that higher ISO would be easier to shoot, but might have some digital noise.

  2. For shots like these. A tripod would allow you to shot with lower ISO’s and longer shutter speeds with smaller apertures to get good depth of field. For example, if you changed the aperture from f/4 to f/8, your shutter speed would have to decrease from 1/30s to 1/8s (that is two stops of change f/4 to f/5.6 to f/8) and a very hard shutter speed to hand hold.

    The pop up flash in this instance would create harsh light and shadows on the background.

    • Hi Scott, thanks for the tips. I would never have thought to use a tripod but then again I noticed that I get a lot of blurry images with poor lighting. I chose a large aperture (f/4, lowest # that my camera would allow) to get a good depth of field, and didn’t realize that a smaller apertures (bigger f/stop) would do that for an image this close, I have to give this a try.

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