Macro Contest Winner

Congrats to Shannon, the winner of our Macro Contest! Here is her winning image along with some details about the shot and how she created it.

This is a photo of water droplets on the pappi of a dandelion. My husband accompanied me on my photo-adventure armed with a fine misting water bottle to recreate the look of “morning dew” by spraying the seeds lightly with the water before I took the shot.

I took this photo RAW at 1/160th, f 4.5, ISO 200 with my Canon 5DmkII. I used my Canon 100mm f1.8 macro lens for the shot. It was in deep shade and ended up being darker than I would have hoped. I should have probably increased the ISO, but didn’t think about it until post production. Instead, I ended up increasing the exposure of it in Adobe Lightroom 2. This accounts for the noise in the dark areas of the photo. I’m sorta bummed about it. I have several others from this set that aren’t noisy, but I liked the composition of this photo the best.

As I learned photography, growing up in Alaska, Utah, Washington, and living in Ohio – I discovered a fascination with macro shots, which inspired me to buy the lens I used for this shot a few years ago while attending the Art Institute of Seattle. I’m still learning some things and this was definitely a reminder to pay attention as I’m shooting to my settings!!

I was inspired to take this particular photo because I had been cooped up indoors for several days due to the rain. The sun came out this day and I just couldn’t help myself! I had to get out there with the camera!

Check our more of her work below:

Shannon Shackelford
www.shannonangel.com
www.shannonangel.com/blog
www.spiritedshannon.blogspot.com

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Mark is a fine art wedding and portrait photographer from Northern California. He has been passionate about photography since childhood and started his studio 12 years ago to bring a fresh style of photography to the wedding and portrait world.

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