Lens: Voigtlander color-skopar 35mm f2.5
Camera: NEX-7, ISO1600, f2.5, 1/25, raw
The end of the project is approaching and, till today, I managed to avoid shooting flowers. It wasn’t easy at all, you know. Flowers are beautiful and I shot them many times during the last three hundred and fourteen days. But, prone as I am to be disgusted by flower photography, living it as a sign of photographic weakness, I always found the energy to come up with another “shot of the day”. Well, a least I did so far.
So, why is today any different than usual. Well, first of all this macro shot of a flower is much more related to my nocturnals than to classic flower photography. We were at my in-laws for a family lunch, after which we stayed for a long while talking and resting, resting and talking. When the sun went down the lights in the terrace went on, providing a whole different view of the plants and flowers in the vases. The macro is, as usual, obtained by un-mounting the lens and adjusting it, free-hand, to focus at the right distance. I was more interested in playing with the illumination than with the textures of the flowers, and this is why I feel the shot differently than any other flower photograph I’ve ever taken.
That said, I might be very wrong, and this shot could easily be a sign of photographic weakness. But you know what, after 315 days of project and at the end of a never-ending Christmas lunch, I think I’m fine with a little weakness too.