The spring bluebonnets are beginning to come out in force. I haven’t toured the countryside yet, but around town I see them cropping up here and there. There is an empty commercial lot near a main boulevard that I pass from time to time and have seen the bluebonnets blooming. So, I went there on Monday afternoon as the sun peaked through the heavy cloud cover for a short time.
This is on an otherwise ugly lot, so I had to carefully control the background. I got down really low with a long lens to try to isolate a few flowers with a blurry blue and green background.
Occasionally the sun did peak through and give me a little bit of nice evening light. I actually found that I was getting too much background blur and stopped down to f/5 for the image below.
The challenge with a bluebonnet photo is isolating a flower to make an interesting photo or else you don’t know where to look. The flowers all grow quite clumped together so this was a bit of a challenge.
My editing was mainly applying a landscape profile, which enhances the warm colors, and I reduced the clarity just a little to help the background blur.
It’s been cloudy and rainy, I have been working from home, and I needed to get out and see something different for a while. So even though there is a busy street a few feet away and an ugly lot in the background, these photos look like I was somewhere pleasant.