Plants & Fungi

Sarah-fiona Helme | Foxglove World



Name: Sarah-fiona Helme
Picture title: Foxglove World
Category: Plants & Fungi
Occupation: NHS Clinical Secretary

Sarah says:
‘The foxgloves in my garden were looking lovely and I wanted to share the beautiful 'inner world' that lies deep within the trumpet-shaped petals. I had tried unsuccessfully to capture this before – I found it awkward getting the camera in position as the trumpet petals hang downwards. I had one plant growing in a pot and brought it inside to escape the breezy conditions. The pot allowed me to angle the plant for a better view.

Using a tripod, I took a series of nine exposures, focusing on a different part of the subject for each shot. Later, I blended the images together in Helicon Focus to create an image with a much greater depth-of-field than can be achieved with a single exposure.’

Technical information:
Nikon D3S
Nikon 100mm f/2.8 micro
ISO 200
0.6 sec
Accessories: Tripod
Post processing: Helicon Focus to blend the images and Photoshop/Lightroom for basic exposure and colour management.

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