Friday, March 28, 2008

"The Color Red"

"The Color Red"
© David A. Ziser

I loved the intense bright red color of the geraniums on the steps playing against the equally bright red door of this little shop in Provence, France. It's just a loud splash of energizing color in this one composition. Camera specs; Canon 5D fitted with 24-105mm IS lens at 70mm, F7.1 @ 1/200 second, ISO 800. Enjoy! -David


  1. Dear Mr. Zeiser,
    Thank you very much for your wonderful daily blog.
    I always admire your pictures but I am afraid there is no way I can get even close to your results.
    Except, apparently, today when you published a picture that any of your reader could have taken.
    I am quite new to digital but in film, and digital as well, I would have taken this subject setting the ISO speed (100 or 200), than 1/60 or 1/125 and than F 22, or whatever, according to meter, since there is no background to blur).
    Your camera spec. shows ISO 800 (something I would have never used on daytime) than 1/200 (too fast for a steady subject) and F 7.1.
    As I have already told you I am sure it would have never come as beautiful as your picture.
    Could you kindly explain why you chose your settings and why mine, most probably, would have not worked in the same way?
    THANK YOU VERY MUCH once again for your patience and for sharing with all of us your work and secrets.
    Best Regards

  2. Hi Claman,

    This image was made during a simple "walk around" in Provence. During my "walk arounds", I am looking more for color and composition. The camera, in this case was in "P" program mode. The higher and extrememly useable ISO 800 - it's my ISO choice for most of my wedding shots - is also my choice in these instances. At this high ISO I know the F -stop and shutter speed will fall will they need to. If not, I make a quick adjustment and reshoot. To me, it about the composition and color in this image.

    Hope this helps. --David

  3. Hi David,

    Thanks very much for the explanation.
    It did help and I have appreciated it.

    Best Regards