30 Days and Counting!

Been watching my calendar closely lately … it won’t be long until Missouri’s spring woodland wildflowers are blooming! In fact, 30 days from today is when I began photographing the woodland wildflowers last year. Today’s image was captured during my 2015 pre-workshop scouting trips. This Bluebell wildflower with buds showing is making me anxious to get out into the woods again! This image was created by capturing 22 images and “focus stacking” them together to get a crisp flower with lots of sharp detail, while maintaining an out-of-focus background:

Bluebell wildflower with buds

As you can see, I misjudged the nearest leaf of the plant, so it is not in sharp detail. But the rest of the plant looks pretty good. With our late winter weather edging towards spring a bit earlier than last year, I’ll probably start my scouting trips within another week. Once photo opportunities are bountiful, I’ll start scheduling my “Missouri Woodland Wildflower Shorty” workshops, so if you are on the list, you should expect to see an e-mail soon!

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon EF 180mm, f/3.5 macro lens
  • Bogen 3221 tripod with ballhead
  • ISO 400
  • Aperture f/3.5
  • Shutter 1/800 sec.



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