Thursday, December 21, 2017

Change Of Pace

Since we are at the beginning of the holiday season, and there has already been snow in many parts of the country, I thought a touch of Spring might be a welcome sight.

This iris was shot in Alaska last June. It was in a large garden surrounding a very unassuming house in Petersburg, Alaska, a tiny town that is not easy to get to. The light was beautiful, spotlighting the flower while the background was in shade and was rendered quite dark.

In this type of lighting situation, pay close attention to the histogram to make sure that both the highlights and the shadows have enough detail to provide a good exposure. This image was optimized in Lightroom to deepen the purple tone a bit, and to bring out the brightness of the main flower
even more.

Even though I was on a whale-watching trip, and flowers were certainly not on the expected "menu" of subjects, this was a serendipitous find. So the lesson is to always be open to whatever subjects present themselves, regardless of where you are or what you expect to see.

1/400 sec., f/4, ISO 800. Canon 70-200mm f/4L IS lens on Canon 7D Mark II body. Handheld.

 TODAY'S QUOTE: "Life is full of surprises and serendipity. Being open to unexpected turns in the road is an important part of success. Just find your next adventure, do it well, enjoy it."  --Condoleezza Rice

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