"Macro Art In Nature"

Explorations in the artistic world of macro photography.

“Toadflax” Flower – Using The Canon 500D Diopter.

Here is another image that I took the other day of a “toadflax” flower.
It may be a weed to many, but to me, … pure gold in late evening light!
I believe this flower could easily grow up in the cold artic areas. It grows everywhere here and rarely photographed from what I have seen over the years.
It is a flower that is very thin in nature, almost wire thin looking from a distance, virtually no foliage, yet graceful as it reaches up to the skies.
Looking at the color of the flower itself, it can look a bit dull during those morning hours or anytime during the day.
But in late evening light, minutes before the sun is done for the day, that blue really puts on a show.

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Common Blue Toadflax
“Nuttallanthus Canadensis”


I used the older Canon 75-300mm lens and the Canon 500D diopter for this shot.
Camera mounted on a tripod and low to the ground.
Available light, 1 reflector, Wimberly Plamp
1/250 sec. @ f7.1
ISO 100

The sun was only a minute or two from breaking below the canopy of pine trees, giving off a wonderful golden glow.
It was slightly enhanced when a curves adjustment was made in Photoshop to bring out the blues in the flower, then that glow was toned back down slightly by burning.
The Canon 500D diopter is fun to use, as it will give you a shallow depth of field, and making everything in the distance to become a beautifully blended background.
You can see how quickly the falloff of depth occurs by looking down the stem of the flower, as the head of the flower was leaning ever so slightly into the lens.
The darker areas are either the canopy of trees in the distance, or the ground below.

You can see another image of this flower that was created a couple of years ago, also created in the late evening before the sun went down.
“Shooting In Late Evening Light”

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“Macro Art In Nature”

April 16, 2007 Posted by | abstract, art, blog, botanical, canon, composition, Digital, DSLR, Fine Art Nature Photography, flora, flowers, hiking, horticulture, landscapes, life, macro, Macro Photographer, nature, Nature Photographer, outdoors, paintings, Photo Blog, photoblog, photography, photoshop | , , , , , | 14 Comments


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