Friday, June 15, 2012

7th Annual Nature Photography Day

Nature Photography Day is finally here!  How wonderful it felt to take a break from packing boxes and to spend some time behind my lens! 

This image was taken in my backyard in Carmel, Indiana.  The flowering plant is actually a weed full of tiny little flowers  (about 1 cm in diameter) that look like miniature daisies.  All of them appeared to have their "faces" turned to the sun.
After studying them closely, I noticed one with 2 petals crossed across its yellow center, looking like it was shading its "eyes" from the bright summer sun.
I had found my subject for nature day...
Canon 50D, 50mm macro + 25mm extension, 1/320, f13, ISO 400

Equipped with my 50mm macro lens + a 25mm extension tube on my 50D, I spent the better part of an hour shooting it from all angles and in different qualities of light.  (diffused vs shaded vs harsh sunlight.) 

I realize it is optimal to photograph flowers in soft lighting conditions, however I really liked the frames I shot in harsh June sunlight to help convey the idea of this tiny flower trying to avoid the hot sun!
While not the most stellar image I have ever made, It means a great deal to me because of how amazing it felt getting back behind the camera and viewing the world through my lens...
Now, back to packing boxes!!


  1. Very nice Wendy and I totally agree about how great it feels to be behind the lens out in nature. Nothing quite like it!

  2. I think I am most happy when I am behind my camera...When I go long periods of time without shooting, I realize just how much my photography is a part of who I am.