Israel Photo of the Week: Seeing red

Professional photojournalist Yehoshua Halevi took this shot with a Nikon D700 in the Ruchama Forest. Here are some tips on getting the perfect photo.

Camera 370 (photo credit: Reuters)
Camera 370
(photo credit: Reuters)
"The photographer is the contemporary being par excellence;
through his eyes the now becomes the past."
– Berenice Abbott
One of the great joys of photography is its boundless creativity. After investing considerable effort documenting the expansive grandeur of the Ruchama Forest, I reached into my camera bag for a telephoto lens and snapped on a new set of eyes to go along with it. I’ve been experimenting with this style of composition for a few years, seeking new ways to frame subjects using highly blurred side elements.
To achieve this effect, depth of field must be reduced to its absolute minimum by opening up to a large aperture and by zooming out with a long lens. Both contribute to an extreme narrowing of depth, allowing the lens to hone in sharply on a single point of interest.
It also didn’t hurt to lie on my stomach, let the wind shake things up and go eye to eye with my subjects. Anemones are at their finest under strong, midday sunlight, when they are fully open. But that’s an awful time to shoot. So finding a new angle and soft back-light to illuminate their petals helped put a new dress on Israel’s floral finery. The magic of spring is its brevity. So short lived are the colorful wildflowers that miraculously pop out of the ground each year, just knowing they will be gone soon makes their appearance all the more beautiful.
Camera: Nikon D700, handheld, manual exposure, center-weighted metering mode, f/4 at 1/400th sec., ISO 400. Raw file converted to Jpeg.
Lens: Nikon 70-200 zoom at 190 mm.
Date: Feb 26, 2012, 3:03 p.m.
Ruchama Forest, Western Negev.
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