Here is my first “live” shot. Remember, my camera had already been positioned, and I decided on an f/2 aperture that would create the background effect I had envisioned.
Compare this photograph to the first one in this article. Compositionally, they are almost identical, but the first one is gripping, while this one is drab. The key to success is in recognising the shortfalls of the first attempt, and then fixing them.
There are two faults in this picture: The first one is that it looks dull; the second I will cover later on. The bland colours are a side-effect of the drizzly weather. The drizzle gave me the moisture and softness that I wanted, but the image looks flat. Luckily it is easy to fix, with just the right amount of fill-in flash – not enough to overpower, but sufficient to lift the colours.
I fired a few test shots at the flower and once I had my settings I waited patiently, for my next subject to take its place…