When we moved to Stephens Avenue in 1991, part of our yard tended to hold water, and so after some rain, you couldn't mow. I discovered after a few weeks that an unmowed yard yielded wildflowers, hundreds of pink, blue and purple spiderworts. They're a challenge to photograph, and I like them. The ones we get here are Bracted Spiderwort (T. bracteata) also known as "Cow Slobber."
The curious name comes from the sap, a stringy gelatinous fluid that reminds you of cow drool, especially when you try to mow a few hundred of them just after bloom.
The flower is related to lilies, irises, and orchids, it's a wildflower that has made it to garden culture. You can even buy them from nurseries. Once you have them established it is hard to get rid of them, so you might as well enjoy them!
They're fairly difficult to photograph due to the small bloom size, and that the flowers usually come in twos and threes, making depth of field an issue, though the stalks usually present them high and easy to see.
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Freelensing is the practice of removing the lens from your camera body and holding it in place. When used for portraits, it can have a similar effect of a tilt-shift lens. The focal plane will be tilted and uneven, leaving some parts of your subject out of focus. There will also be more blur and out of focus areas in the corners, and accompanying that will be light leaks. The amount of light leakage you have depends on how far away or off-center your lens is on the body of the camera.
Reverse Freelensing is almost exactly like freelensing, but you turn the lens so the front element is facing the camera body. While looking through your viewfinder or using your live view mode, you can focus on your subject by moving your camera and body back and forth.
depth of field
Achieving specific depth of field to make sure your subject is in your preferred level of focus can be tricky. Most dSLR cameras have a Depth of Field Preview button that activates the aperture so you can check what will and won't be in focus before pressing the shutter. Usually, this button is on the underside of the lens mount.
In order to keep your aperture closed down for better control of depth of field, you need to set your aperture with the lens mounted, then, while pressing the Depth of Field Preview button, remove the lens. Once you look through the lens, you'll see the aperture is still closed down.
The Canon EOS 6D Depth of Field Preview button is located on the underside of the lens mount.
Because you've removed the lens from the lens mount, you can't adjust the aperture quite so easily, so I recommend setting that first to achieve the specific depth of field you'd like. As far as shutter speed and ISO, it's dependent on how much light you have coming into the lens and what you're photographing. Freelensing has more light coming onto the sensor than reverse freelensing. Your ISO will need to be much higher in the same lighting conditions while reverse freelensing.
Are you going to try freelensing?
Freelensing and reverse freelensing are great ways to get different looks while using the same equipment. If you try either of these techniques, please post a photo of your results on the Cane River Photographic Society Facebook group. We'd love to check them out!
If you have any questions about this technique or if you'd like to see more posts like this, please leave your comments below.
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This structure is about fifteen miles or so south of Shreveport on Hwy. 1. I kept seeing it when I would go to Shreveport and thought it was interesting. Crops were planted around it, and I wondered what it used to be and why the owner didn't cut the trees from around it. I stopped one day several years ago and took this picture
In mid-March of this year I went up Hwy. 1 and was surprised to see that the owner was restoring the structure, so I stopped and took this picture. I asked the workers restoring it what it was, and they said it was an old cotton bin. The owner was going to use it for storage.
About two weeks ago I went to Shreveport, knowing it was probably finished, and took this picture. I thought they did a great job restoring this lonely, run down little structure and turning it into something beautiful.
I love photography because it helps me notice things that most people pass by and never see. I was like that years ago, but photography has opened my eyes.
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