Playin’ the Bells

After posting my first-of-year Virginia Bluebell in bloom on Friday, I headed back out to see if the bloom had progressed further. I was pleasantly surprised to find many bluebells in bloom. Here are a few of my favorite images I captured this past Friday in the rural Missouri woodland:

Virginia Bluebells

Virginia Bluebells

Virginia Bluebells

Virginia Bluebells

Virginia Bluebells

Virginia Bluebells

With so many brilliant blue bells a’ringin’ in the slight breeze, I had to take a stab at capturing images to focus-stack. Collecting 16 images, I later combined them in Helicon Focus to get this image:

Virginia Bluebells

As good as Friday was, the peak is still yet to come. While many bluebells were swaying in the light winds, there were thousands of buds yet to bloom. After the past couple of days of rains, I expect a great show later this week!

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark III body
  • Canon 180mm, f/3.5 macro lens
  • Bogen 3021 tripod with ball head
  • ISO 800 (all)
  • Aperture f/3.5 to f/22
  • Shutter 1/15 sec. to f/1000 sec.
  • Focus-stacked image:  ISO 800, f/3.5, shutter 1/800 sec., the 16 images combined using Helicon Focus software

 

 

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Posted in 2017, Blog, focus stacking, Macro Photography, Nature Photography, Wildflowers
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