If you’ve read my post on the Fiddlehead Fern, you’ll know where I was about two minutes before taking these photos of a Bailey’s Gold plant. Or otherwise known as Sedum Floriferum or Weihenstephaner Gold. For the sake of this post, we’ll simply call the plant Bailey’s Gold.
At this point of this morning’s endeavor, I had yet to realize the value of the tripod. I wouldn’t have been able to use one for these flowers anyway, because they were too close to the ground, but for the flowers in my next post, you’ll certainly see one’s true worth. The plant called Bailey’s Gold is a ground creeper. It loves to grow near mulch or along rock walls, so if you see a photographer taking photos of something such as this, you’ll most likely see him hunched over on his knees, camera just a few inches from the ground. It’s an odd sight, but at times, the pictures can end up magnificent.
This wasn’t the case for me this morning. While I did manage to capture a few fairly decent shots, I had to discard most of them. The location of the flower, coupled with the challenge of focusing a lens setup with a very shallow depth of field posed it’s challenges. Challenges I wasn’t able to overcome. In my next post, I’ll explain how to overcome some of macro photography’s brick walls.
How did I take these photos? I used a Canon T3i, a 18-135mm kit lens and three stackable Hoya close-up lens filters. I didn’t use a tripod for this shoot and there was a sizable breeze. I also took these photos before noon, so there was a nice angle on the sun.