Folsom Lake, Backlit Single Flower, Grass

ISO100, 55mm, f/5.6, 1/8 sec
South Side Trail, Folsom Lake, CA

I am not one to photograph wildflowers. They are beautiful to look at in-person, but are rarely capture in photographs well, even by the good photogs. Yet here I was on a single track trail with some time to kill, crouching on the ground to get a decent angle on a backlit wildflower.

(Click through the image for the 700px view)

I suppose the reason I dislike photographing wildflowers is because the best light to view them in-person is probably the worst light to shoot them in. Those bright sunny days are great for viewing but not for shots especially when hard shadows come into play. In contrast, those overcast days are great for shooting flowers but those vivid colors seem muted in photographs. Then there are those photogs that overuse the circular polarizer and turn the sky into some ungodly royal blue bordering on black. I would probably do the same under those light conditions, so I generally try my best to avoid shooting wildflowers.

EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center weighted metering mode, ISO 100, 55mm, f/5.6, 1/8 sec

Folsom Lake, Backlit Single Flower, Grass. El Dorado Hills, California. April 01, 2013. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.


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