How the “Yellow Daisies, ABQ BioPark” Photo Was Shot
I captured this beautiful portrait of yellow daisies at the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden in Albuquerque, New Mexico (it was the Rio Grande Botanic Garden back then) more than a decade ago. It was photographed in The Mediterranean Conservatory on a beautiful slightly overcast day.
The equipment used was a rather outdated Canon D30 3 Megapixel DSLR camera, with an inexpensive Sigma 70-300mm lens and a cheap close-up filter. Truthfully, the best tool I had for this photo was that cheap close-up filter. You will generally find these cheap filters in a kit of three for about $25.00 at most camera shops. They are not very sharp, but they do allow you to focus much closer to your subject. However, I did not want pinpoint sharpness in this photo. The softness of the filter gives this photo a slightly dreamy quality. Also, the filter greatly reduces depth-of-field so that anything more than 4-5 inches behind the front daisy became a soft blur. The background are other flowers less than a foot behind the main flower that have been blurred out-of-focus, making for a complimentary and colorful background.
The photographic equipment used for this photo was not expensive. The Canon D30 was the first consumer DSLR camera produced by Canon and was purchased used for about $120.00. I simply exploited the characteristics of what I had to get this shot. This remains to date one of my favorite flower photos, [email protected]