So, getting your feet in the ‘fertile’ drain may not be your first option. Forget about setting up a tripod for a macro and close-up shot down there. Go for hand-held method, crank up the ISO and dial the shutter speed to 1/300s to 1/500s to beat the camera shake. Shoot when Mr Sun is not shining directly on the flowers; a good day would be during cloudy morning. This will give you generally more saturated colours – according to some literature I read somewhere. But that make sense, because the camera metering system will be more at ease as the lighting is less tricky.
Okay, I said no tripod. If you are serious about getting the best result, just ignore what I’ve just said and get yourself half soaked in water. Believe me, you’ll get better images than the samples you see here; miles better!
Don’t worry if you are a beginner – coz I’m a beginner myself. And I keep shooting no matter what.
Other alternative is to take a walk in the park in Tanjung Aru and get to shoot a different species of lily. Such as these:
Now where’s the bigger version of this shot. I can’t be kidding with this tiny thumb-size pic, can I?