At last… hot summer weather has arrived in Seattle. For the last few days, the temperature has been in the mid 80’s to low 90’s. And instead of cooling off at the beach; I ended up spending about an hour sweating in the Volunteer Park Conservatory’s green house photographing these amazing flowers. I used my 50mm prime lens for all the shots. The more I use this lens, the more I love it.
The lighting in the green house was perfect for experimenting with the exposure and depth of field. I kept the aperture at f/1.8. and ISO 200. In Photoshop, I used the luminosity mask technique to change the brightness and give the image a soft glow. I recently learned this technique from Tony Kuyper. Check out his website for the free basic luminosity mask tutorial. However, he does offer more advanced techniques for a donation. Trust me, it’s worth it!