Sunday, January 7, 2018

Time For Some Sun

With so much of the country under a blanket of white. it is time for a little sunshine. This perfect daisy seemed like the right mix of white to represent snow, and yellow to represent the sun.

Normally I prefer to photograph flowers in open shade because of its soft, even lighting. But this perfect bloom just popped beautifully in the strong sunlight. Taken last summer in Alaska right before a whale-watching trip, this little beauty made me smile.

One of the many rewards of photography is the simple pleasure it can provide. A single flower, a lovely scene, a soaring bird, or a grazing moose can each bring a smile to our lips and a sense of joy to our hearts.

Because this was taken with a zoom lens set at 200mm, the shadowed background went beautifully soft and did not create any distractions. While I often use a 100mm macro lens for flower shots, using a moderate telephoto lens, or even a super telephoto, can add a new dimension to your images.

1/640 sec at f/4.5, ISO 400.  Canon 70-200mm f/4L IS lens set at 200mm on Canon 7D Mark II body.  Handheld.

TODAY'S QUOTE: Always have something beautiful in sight, even if it's just a daisy in a jelly glass."  -- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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