FOY Phlox

Yesterday was another busy day. I began the day with a classroom session with a new student, with an emphasis on getting the correct exposure. We covered a variety of topics, but most of the time was spent on learning how to properly read the histogram and how to correct our exposures using Exposure Compensation. After classroom activities were completed, we went out to the woodland area and photographed the spring wildflowers for about 3 hours. Though most of the wildflowers were the same ones I’ve been seeing, we did run across the first-of-year Blue Phlox (Phlox divaricata). Although we didn’t see many blooming plants, there were a fair number of plants just growing through the leaf litter, so I’m expecting the number of phlox plants to get larger, with future workshops. Here are a few I captured as I demonstrated how I capture macro images with my student:

Blue Phlox wildflower

Blue Phlox wildflower

Blue Phlox wildflower

The Blue Phlox is also commonly called Wild Sweet William.

Note:  I will be participating in the Stillwater Arts Festival this coming weekend, in Stillwater, Oklahoma. If you live in the area, or will be in the area this weekend, stop in and say “Hi”. Details can be found at this link:

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon EF 180mm, f/3.5 macro lens
  • Bogen 3221 tripod, with Graf Studioball ballhead
  • ISO 500
  • Aperture f/3.5
  • Shutter 1/1000 sec. to 1/2000 sec.



Posted in Macro Photography, Nature Photography, Photography Workshop, Wildflowers
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