I go out for walks in the early morning and sometimes bring my camera in case I find something to photograph. The animals are often more active at dawn and I can get some good shots. On Saturday morning I found a big white egret at the pond that wasn’t too afraid to let me take his photo up nice and close. I also found a big lost turtle sitting out in the grass while all her friends were swimming in the pond.
I am also trying to work on more artistic ways of shooting wildflowers. There are different wildflower that crop up at different times of the year so I get lots of practice on different subjects. This morning there were some white flowers that I thought I could do something with.
I patiently waited until the sun could get high enough to put a little light on the flowers and experimented a little. Below is one group that just managed to get some warm sunlight.
I found a lone flower and worked on getting it in sharp focus with the larger group creating a blurred background. This involved holding the camera an inch or so off the ground and focusing on the back screen. This turned out much better than I thought with the golden stem of the flower and the white petals being mirrored in the background by the out-of-focus bunch of flowers.
The above photo was shot at 115mm focal length (172mm full-frame equivalent). The longer the focal length, the easier it is to blur out the background on a close-up.
I don’t know what these flowers are called, but they make a good subject in the early morning sun.