Spiderwort Continues to Bloom

Today I’m featuring a few more Spiderwort wildflower images from recent hikes on a nearby Missouri prairie. Our continued rains have prompted these beauties to continue blooming. And although some spent flowers are found on some plants, there are still a lot of unopened buds! The first two images are focus-stacked images, each one combining multiple shallow, depth of field images (17 images for the first image, and 14 images for the second image) to obtain an image of greater depth of field, while keeping the background out of focus:

Spiderwort wildflower

Spiderwort wildflower

And while editing the images from my last trip to the prairie, I noticed a little friend happened to drop in on the bottom flower:

Spiderwort wildflower

I made 4 images of this group of Spiderwort blooms, and between images #3 and #4, this little guy must have decided he needed to be in the photo! As is sometimes the case, I hadn’t even noticed him in the image until editing at the computer. If I had seen him while in the field, I would have gladly focused my macro lens on him and given him the spotlight! But I was too engrossed with capturing the composition I was seeing of the four flowers! Maybe too much “out of the box” thinking?  :o)

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D body
  • Canon EF180mm, f/3.5 macro lens + Canon 1.4x TC
  • Bogen 3221 tripod, with Kirk Ent. HD ballhead
  • ISO 200 to ISO 400
  • Aperture f/5 to f/11 (bottom image)
  • Shutter 1/50 sec. to 1/500 sec.



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