I got the idea to shoot the flowers in the park near my house down close with a very wide lens. I thought that it might exaggerate the expanse of the flowers by pushing the background trees far into the distance.
After being harassed by a couple of irritated bees, I took a few shots. It was so sunny that it was difficult to know what I had until I got home. The area behind the flowers is mostly grass and I was trying to get down low enough to make it look like the flower go on into the distance. With an ultra-wide lens, anything very far from the camera shrinks into the background rather quickly.
Perhaps I was out a little too early to get a great shot or perhaps this just wasn’t interesting enough, so perhaps I can be forgiven for pulling the clarity slider down quite a bit do give the flowers a blurrier, more colorful look. I also removed an annoying bird.
I got down really close to some firewheels. Actually I got down to close to the minimum focus distance to see what I would think of that. Most of the flowers were spent, but I don’t think the spent ones looks so bad. Once again, I shifted the clarity down to give the in-focus flower a bit more pizazz.
I wandered down to a bug habitat, switched lenses, and found a dragonfly that was very cooperative. They usually fly away whenever I am near, but this one just stayed on his perch in the afternoon sun and let me shoot.
I wish I had watched the background a little more and got the dragonfly a bit better isolated, but I was already off into the weeds to get the sun at my back and not wanting to wade much farther in. The next one is probably a bit more isolated but I like the first one better.
These were both cropped quite a bit, but at the resolution that I post for the internet, I have plenty of data for cropping.
The hot summer days are here and today was no exception, but I have to get out and shoot something. I found a new place to hike down by a river and I am going to try to get a good photo or two down there when I can. So, hopefully you will see some nice riparian photography on my blog soon.
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