Image of the Month - MAY 2011

A portrait of a Flower
Anholt, Denmark

On my recent trip to the Island of Anholt in the sea of Kattegat I spend an afternoon making macro - portraits of the Trientalis europaea, called by the common name Chickweed wintergreen or Arctic starflower. This plant is a woodland indicator species found mainly in birch, pine and oak woodland; It's a small but very photogenic flower.

Some people say that the equipment does not matter I could not disagree more, you need the right tool to make some motifs stand out. The light and composition is mostly the key to success but other times when you combine these factors with a special tool you get an image like this one.

The Zeiss 100mm lens is a super selective macro lens with biting sharpness, unbeatable bokeh (Out of focus image rendition) due to an optical design with 9-blade iris with circular shape. It's also the first photo lens with ARRI/ZEISS Master Prime optics from Hollywood´s movie industry, enabling exceptionally selective focusing with beautiful out-of-focus zones. The precision focusing makes it easy to achieve extraordinarily selective image sharpness for the key elements of the subject.

Making portraits of flowers with selective focusing and a beautiful bokeh, can be a very powerful way to portray a plant and certainly my preferred way of making images with "Flower-power".

(Nikon D700, Carl Zeiss ZF.2 100mm 2,0 T* Makro-Planar, iso 200, handheld)

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