MOBOT Orchids

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Nikon D5200, 50 mm, ISO-100, f/1.8, 1/160 sec., on-camera flash with -1.0 or -2.0 stops exposure compensation

It is going to be a busy week. On Friday I am giving a department-wide seminar over my research for the past 10 months. Preparation for the talk shouldn’t be too onerous, but I do tend to underestimate the amount of time it takes to prepare for such things. Because I anticipate having less time to spend with the blog until then I decided to go after some low-hanging photography fruit this morning – purdy flowers at the Missouri Botanical Garden orchid show.

Well, the flower show wasn’t purely low-hanging fruit. Now that I have a rudimentary understanding of exposure I decided to add some flash in the mix. Using a flash well is not an easy task. In fact, one of my guilty pleasures is watching amateur photographers, with more money than sense, use the flash on their expensive DSLRs inappropriately. Now that I have my expensive DSLR I don’t want to make the same mistakes. The orchid show was good practice. 

You’ll note I’ve added the technical details of the photo in the caption. I think I am going to start doing this so that I can quietly critique my technique without rambling on about it in the blog posts. 

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