I don't buy annual flowers if I can help it; I really prefer perrenials that I can plant and forget.
My mom likes her showy annuals, and she gets a bunch of them every single year. These Sunset Lantanas are always pretty, and I love how they have multiple different colors in the same bloom.
Over the last couple of months, Dear Readers have been emailing me and asking how I got the photos that I did.
Let me first say that it takes a lot of trial and error.
At Erin Manning's photography workshop in Chicago, I learned to stop using the Auto functions on my camera. Instead of using the Auto mode, I almost always use the Program mode now.
For this shot, I was shooting with the Macro setting. The pictures were not coming out with blurred backgrounds like I wanted, so Istepped back and zoomed in.
At that point, the whole picture was blurry.
I remembered something I learned from Nick Kelsh's DVD, and that is to up the ISO setting in order to get crisper pictures. I set it up to 400.
And I got this beauty with her buds in the background.
My love it.
Happily submitted to PhotoHunt (the theme this week is orange)
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