One of the reasons why I visited Lalbagh in June was to make sure I know what it takes to click flower macros using a SLR. While I did get a few good snaps, I was in for a very different treat when I visited the flower show last Saturday.
The last time I visited the Lalbagh flower show was in January 2007, which meant I hadn’t been there for 2.5 years!
My initial reaction was that flower macros will appear good when clicked with my Sigma 70-300mm lens and so I had that on. But I quickly realized that it was impossible to maintain the distance required, plus the shutter speed made it really tough to get a steady shot. So I switched over to the 18-55 lens.
I really missed the 55-100mm focal length range. I think this is the right distance that you will need for flower macros. However I had to manage with the 55mm limit, which basically meant I had to get close to the flower.
I got quite a few good snaps. The toughest ones to capture were the low contrast bright colors – like the red, yellow, white colors.
I am increasingly getting comfortable using the full manual mode. I basically kept the focal length at 55mm for most images, and the aperture at 5.6 and the ISO at 400. I only had to adjust the shutter speed depending on the amount of light present and either use manual or auto focus to get a sharp snap.
It was good to be back. If you have a passion for macro photography, then this is the place to experiment. The show is on till the next weekend.
Full Lalbagh Flower Show gallery here: