28 Aug 15. Another very simple dahlia shot for today's close up image. I've done nothing to this save for removing a couple annoying shadows resultant form the flash I used to capture the shot, and increased the micro contrast just a little. Two goals in sharing this shot. First, I wanted to show off the texture of the flower as I think in too many instances we tend to look at the flower globally (just as one big flower) as opposed to locally (looking at the detail in each petal). I suppose that if you judge flowers like those at the flower show where I took the photo that might not be the case, but for the general audience that comes to view the flowers I'm betting it is. There were a half dozen couples at the show when we visited and I heard nary a soul comment of the textures of the petals but I did hear most comment on the entire blossom. I think that is likely the norm. My second reason in sharing this shot is to illustrate that you don't need the most expensive lenses to get acceptable shots. This was taken with my workhorse lens, the Nikon 28 - 200mm f 3.5 zoom. As lenses go this is not an expensive lens, one you can often get on sale new for under $900 which is by no means expensive for a camera lens. But it produces pretty good images and as an example, take a look at both the clarity and sharpness of the gnat walking across the petal (bottom left). This is the kind of performance that one would generally expect from a fixed focal length lens costing considerably more. So don't be intimidated by those with the expensive glass; what really counts is the one looking through that glass.
The base image was adjusted for max tonality, then had a few shadows removed, and given a touch of micro contrast adjustment. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 200; 1/60 sec @ f /11 with fill flash.