I took this picture in Battery Park City. I take a lot of my flower shots there mostly because I live there and also because they plant such a wide variety of flowers around the parks. But this trip wasn’t really about capturing specific flowers, it was about testing out a new piece of kit that was being loaned to me. It was the CamRanger. For those not familiar with the CamRanger, it’s essentially a tethering device that lets you use your phone or tablet to control your camera and view your photos.
It’s actually pretty cool. It creates it’s own wi-fi network that you connect to and the rest is fairly straight forward. Since it’s a piece of equipment that is meant to be used with a stationary camera (read tripod) I opted to try out shooting some flowers.
This flower, called a Columbine, was growing in one of the large flower boxes near Rockefeller Park and it just screamed out to be photographed. I’m not entirely sure which type of Columbine this is but I think it could be an Origami Rose and White, Rose Queen or Spring Magic Rose and Ivory. I’m thinking it’s one of the first two as the corolla is white not ivory.
The original was a bit flat, so I increased the blacks and darkened the background to tone down the bright whites that were competing for attention. This came out much better than I had initially hoped for. The sharpness of the stamens is what really creates the impact for me. I’m not sure I wouldn’t have been able to get this shot without the CamRanger but I do know that because of it, I took less shots to get it.