It’s all in the detail

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By rights this photograph should be a write-off but I’m quite pleased with he results. I took the image in some very poor lighting conditions so I wasn’t expecting great results. Every time I look at it, I see something I hadn’t noticed before. It proves that sometimes what matters is all in the detail.

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The lighting conditions weren’t very good when I took this image so I didn’t have high hopes. When I saw the final results, I was very surprised by the detail I had managed to capture.

I had been out playing football with my eight year old daughter, Helen, shortly before I took this picture. The aim had been to come home and go straight out in the late afternoon to do some photography but we were running late. By the time I ventured out with my camera, it was beginning to get dark.

Not to be put off, I put my camera in manual mode and played with the ISO and shutter speed to increase how bright the image appeared. When I first reviewed this image, I was struck by how I’d captured the creases in the leaves.

Looking closer, I spotted a few drops of rain water and the hairs on the green leaves in the background. While the picture is a little on the dark side, I think it works and I don’t think I’ve ever managed to get so much detail in a photograph before!

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39 thoughts on “It’s all in the detail”

  1. Wow, there really is a lot of detail. It’s the little hairs on the leaves that most surprised me. I’ve been photographing forget-me-nots too, but only with my phone so have captured nothing like this much detail.

    1. I sort of knew what I was doing to capture this image. I’d put it down to 5% knowledge and 95% luck!

    1. The perfect combination! Very kid words Tara. Glad you like it alhtough I had to take quite a few dud shots to get this right.

    1. Serene, I like that description. Thanks for commenting Victoria. Loved your image shot with the perspex sheet.

    1. Glad you’re liking the vivid colours Nigel. I was surprised the image came off because of the poor lighting.

  2. Just goes to show how much you can still do in poor light conditions. A very good shot, notwithstanding the circumstances!

    1. Took a lot of tinkering with the camera’s settings, but I got there in the end Tim! Thanks for commenting.

    1. You’re not the first person to have said this. I think I may have to experiment more with flower photos in poor lighting conditions.

    1. Thank you Paul. Having been taken in manual mode anything could have happened so I was delighted when this came off so well.

  3. It’s such a beautiful shot and you’ve captured so much in it. I noticed the ring formation first and only noticed the hairs on the leaves afterwards.

    1. And the ring formation was entirely natural. Interesting to see what details people notice first.

  4. Annette, 3 Little Buttons

    That’s such a pretty shot. It reminds me of those flower rings little girls wear on their head for weddings. #MySundayPhoto

    1. Yeah, I gues it does look a bit like a flower ring. All natural though, I haven’t made that up at all.

  5. I love that feeling when a photo turns out far better than expected. Sadly it usually happens the other way around for me! Great work, I love the detail that you have managed to capture. #MySundayPhoto

    1. Och, I’ve seen your photos. No matter how many duds you take, I’ve seen you produce a lot of good ones.

  6. Jade @ Captured By Jade

    So much detail – I love how you can even see the little hair on the leaves. Great capture #MySundayPhoto

  7. Hi John, it sounds as if you and I are at the same level. At the moment I’m refusing to take photos in anything but manual mode, which takes time and results in plenty of duds but I feel it’s the only way forward. It is surprising how much light we can get on a subject fiddling with settings too… You’ve done a fine job, it’s the hairs that first caught my attention, okay, second after the colour of the flowers. I do like a nice blurred background too.


    1. Hurrah! We can grow and improve together. Yeah, sure, I’m taking many duds but c’est la vie. That’s part of the learning process. Good luck as you test out manual mode.

    1. Thanks Molly, this was a first for me but having had some success this time, I shall be trying more low-light flower pics.

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