Friday, April 7, 2017

Heading To The Smokies

It is Spring, which means it is time to return to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for the magnificent display of wildflowers. At this time of year the flowers are everywhere, including trillium shown here. This is a Painted Trillium which is fairly rare in the park. They are small and delicate, bloom quickly in the spring, and then are gone until the next year.

Observing the flow of the seasons, and seeing the returning species from year to year are some of the many joys of being a nature and wildlife photographer.

Often when photographing flowers it is fun to look for an unusual angle, or try a creative technique. But for this trillium, with its perfect shape and lovely "painted" magenta tones near the center, a straighforward view worked well. Sometimes simple is better.

With flowers, soft even lighting is often my preference. I look for blooms in open shade, and if everything is in full sun I will often position myself to cast my shadow across the flower in order to eliminate any harsh shadows or blown out highlights.

1/400 sec., f/5, ISO 400.  Canon 5D Mark III body with Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro lens.  Handheld.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "Art is the unceasing effort to compete with the beauty of flowers  -  and never succeeding."  --Gian Carlo Menotti

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