Saturday, September 27, 2014

Close-up of white orchids with the Zeiss Touit 50mm f/2.8 macro lens

This orchid plant has been in our living room for about a month. Today I put it near the window where it was back lit, and photographed it with the Zeiss Touit 50mm macro lens used wide open at f/2.8 on the Fuji X-T1.  I used the lens wide open to obtain a shallow depth of field with the main focus just on the stamen of one of the flowers. I wanted to contrast the large white areas of of the flowers and with the small bright colors in their center.


  1. Hi Tom,
    I wonder, what commercial value do images like this have, and in what context? I understand the differences (mostly) between micro and macro stock, but my stock agency turns away images like this. I took a few today of the spring blossoms against the sun but I know they will be rejected by Shutterstock.

  2. You are absolutely right. Everyone takes pictures of flowers. There are so many nice flower pictures available that stock agencies don't want any more. Still doesn't stop us from having fun though, which is why I did these. Flower pictures are generally appropriate for stock use only if they have an application as a background image. That means providing a large, neutral area with only small points of detail.