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Jul 25, 2012 11:53 AM CST
Name: Ted
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
I took the shot in the morning and that is why it has dew on it. I am using an SLR Pentax KX.
I set the ISO to 800 so that I could shoot without a tripod. I used manual focus because I wanted to focus on the center of the flower. The F stop was F8 and the shutter speed 1/320. The lense was the one that came with the camera and it was at 38mm. The light at that time of the day was very friendly to this red flower.

The second shot was taken in the evening and it was really too dark to take pictures. I set ISO to 1600 and let the camera do the focus and the shutter speed. It chose 1/15th of a second as it was so dark out. It is not well focused and the color is not as good.

Shooting pictures of dahlias is not easy. As you say many colors do not come out right,
Purple is very difficult. Red and dark red very difficult. Yellow confuses cameras and they are usually over exposed. The same for white flowers. Easiest colors to shoot are blends of colors.
We like to place a sign on our porch that says: We are in the garden. Really, we are always in the garden.

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