Thursday, February 4, 2016

Wildflowers In The Great Smoky Mountains

Springtime in the Great Smoky Mountains is a blooming bonanza. Wildflowers are everywhere. Over 1000 species bloom in the park, with some of the most beautiful specimens I have seen. Some of my favorites are columbine (above), trillium, lady slippers,  dwarf wild iris, and showy orchis (that's not a typo, it is indeed "orchis").

If you want to photograph wildflowers in a pristine environment, and improve your creativity when shooting flowers, wild flowing streams, and great scenery, come join me in the Smokies April 22-27. It will be a feast for your eyes, and you will return home with some spectacular images.

This image was shot in the mid-afternoon on a sunny day, but the flowers were in the shadow of a rocky outcropping which created lovely soft light that really punched the colors. Learning how to see the light, and how to use it to your best advantage will elevate your images to a whole new level.

Composition is also important, and this image was carefully thought out. I positioned myself so that the main bloom was centered between the two buds in the background. I then tipped the camera slightly so the flower was angled, which created a stronger composition than having it in a straight vertical position.

Small details can make or break an image. All Awake The Light photo workshops and tours strive to provide you with an array of information and suggestions that will make your images much stronger. Only 2 spaces left, so now is the time to act. Details here

Call 757-773-0194 or email to register.

Shutter Speed 1/200 sec.  Aperture f/4.  ISO 800.  Lens: Canon 100mm macro f/2.8L IS.  Camera: Canon 5D Mark III.  Handheld.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "Flowers ... are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world."  --Ralph Waldo Emerson

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