Plants & Fungi

Andrew Wilson | Cactus Ridge



Name: Andrew Wilson
Picture title: Cactus Ridge
Category: Plants & Fungi
Occupation: Compliance QA Games Tester

Andrew says:
‘This photo of my girlfriend’s cactus was taken in our living room nearly two years ago. I was experimenting with macro, and this was the first time I had really considered using a background to complement the subject. We were in the middle of securing a mortgage and a red folder from a banking company was lying around – this did the job perfectly!

I used an aperture of f/2.8 to isolate the spiky ridge of the cactus from its main body. To get most of the ridge sharp I had to get the plane of focus as parallel as possible to it. To light the cactus I used a Joby Gorillatorch and wrapped the legs around my lens. I wouldn’t normally light a subject from such a direct angle relative to the camera, but I liked the uniform look – it illuminated the ridge and body of the cactus without casting shadows, especially when diffused with greaseproof paper!’

Technical information:
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Canon EF 100mm F/2.8L Macro IS USM
ISO 100
Accessories: Manfrotto 190 tripod, JOBY Gorillatorch and shutter release cable.
Post processing: I post processed the Raw file in Adobe Lightroom by making tonal adjustments to the overall photo and local tonal adjustments using the graduated filter and brush tools. No major alterations (e.g. cutting/pasting/cloning) were made to this photo.

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