When creating this capture of a tulip, I sought to avoid the typical style of flower shot that is so common this time of year – Pretty. My goal was to communicate a different feeling by including the dirty gloved hands, the plant’s root ball and the gardener’s body.

I originally shot this with the lens wide open at f/4 but the resulting image’s depth of field was too shallow causing the gardener to be overly blurred. By stopping the lens down a few stops to f/9, the desired result was achieved. The body and arms, while still being out of focus, are not too blurry.

Canon 5D, Canon 24-105 f/4L IS lens – 1/200 second, f/9, ISO 50