Yellow Daisies, ABQ BioPark

Free Photo of the Day - Yellow Daisies

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.

Yellow Daisies, ABQ BioPark

The equipment used was a rather outdated Canon D30 3 Megapixel DSLR camera, with an inexpensive Sigma 70-300mm lens and a cheap close-up filter.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.

Canon D30
Canon D30 3 Megapixel DSLR

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]



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