It’s all in the detail

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 Comments

  1. April 29, 2018 / 5:05 am

    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.

    • John Adams
      Author
      May 2, 2018 / 10:05 am

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

  2. April 29, 2018 / 5:54 am

    I think the light and dark work really well together. The perfect combination. Love forget-me-nots. #MySundayPhoto

    • John Adams
      Author
      May 2, 2018 / 10:06 am

      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.

  3. April 29, 2018 / 7:22 am

    What a beautiful photo, love the colour of the flowers. #MySundayPhoto

    • John Adams
      Author
      May 2, 2018 / 10:06 am

      The colours do stand out don’t they? Thanks for commenting.

  4. April 29, 2018 / 7:47 am

    it’s a gorgeous photo, it sort of looks like it’s moving the way the subject is framed and the lighting #mysundayphoto

  5. April 29, 2018 / 8:31 am

    That is really stunning John, the detail is incredible.

    Have a good Sunday.

    Thank you for linking up to #MySundayPhoto

    • John Adams
      Author
      May 2, 2018 / 10:01 am

      High praise indeed from a man who knows his way around a camera better than I!

  6. April 29, 2018 / 9:32 am

    I really like this image and the detail – the hairs on the leaves show up beautifully. The light gives it a very serene feel.

    • John Adams
      Author
      May 2, 2018 / 10:02 am

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

    • John Adams
      Author
      May 2, 2018 / 10:03 am

      That Catherine, is exactly what I thought. Great minds think alike it seems.

  7. April 29, 2018 / 9:55 am

    Wow what amazing detail and that colour is so vivid great shot John #mysundayphoto

    • John Adams
      Author
      May 2, 2018 / 10:04 am

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

  8. Tim
    April 29, 2018 / 11:04 am

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

    • John Adams
      Author
      May 2, 2018 / 10:04 am

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

  9. April 29, 2018 / 1:02 pm

    I really like this photo. You have captured so much detail and it is of course so pretty x

    • John Adams
      Author
      May 2, 2018 / 10:01 am

      Pretty and detailed. What more could you want?

  10. April 29, 2018 / 2:17 pm

    I think flowers are best taken on a less than perfect day. This is quite stunning.

    • John Adams
      Author
      May 2, 2018 / 10:00 am

      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.

    • John Adams
      Author
      May 2, 2018 / 9:57 am

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

  11. April 29, 2018 / 5:22 pm

    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.

    • John Adams
      Author
      May 2, 2018 / 9:57 am

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

  12. April 29, 2018 / 7:38 pm

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

    • John Adams
      Author
      May 2, 2018 / 9:56 am

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

  13. April 29, 2018 / 7:57 pm

    Forget me nots are so pretty. Great capture for all the detail – it’s the little hairs that surprised me.

    • John Adams
      Author
      May 2, 2018 / 9:55 am

      Ah, so that’s a forget me not? Afraid I’m awful with identifying flowers!

  14. April 30, 2018 / 10:49 am

    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

    • John Adams
      Author
      May 2, 2018 / 9:51 am

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

  15. April 30, 2018 / 12:41 pm

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

    • John Adams
      Author
      May 2, 2018 / 9:50 am

      Thanks Jade, yeah the detail caught me by surprise but I feel it works well.

  16. April 30, 2018 / 1:18 pm

    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.

    xx

    • John Adams
      Author
      May 2, 2018 / 9:50 am

      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.

  17. April 30, 2018 / 6:55 pm

    Flowers and low light often work really well as not only do you get nice detail but also really rich colours

    Mollyx

    • John Adams
      Author
      May 2, 2018 / 9:49 am

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

  18. May 3, 2018 / 1:49 pm

    Wow that detail is amazing. Lovely capture and love the colour x