The Beauty of a Hard Freeze

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Today’s feature image was captured yesterday morning at a rural Missouri woodland, close to my rural home. Overnight, after a string of relatively warm days/nights, we experienced a hard freeze. Thinking I might be able to capture some interesting images (if the freeze didn’t damage the plants too much), I headed out to the woodland. Fortunately, I found lots of wildflowers budding and blooming; some were leaning over from the extreme cold, but otherwise were undamaged.

I’ve got lots of images to still go through and edit, but I did find time to prepare today’s image of a clump of Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica) buds, covered with frost. This image is a focus-stacked image, made by combining 34 separate images of varying the focus point on the plant:

Virginia Bluebell buds, covered with frost

Coming up, more frosty wildflowers! Also, I was contracted to photograph some of the ducks/geese that are migrating through the area, at a local duck hunting club. So I will be sharing some of the highlights from that work soon.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon EF 180mm, f/3.5 macro lens
  • Bogen 3221 tripod and ballhead
  • ISO 400
  • Aperture f/3.5
  • Shutter 1/200 sec.
  • 34 images combined, via Helicon Focus software



Posted in Focus Stacking, Macro Photography, Nature Photography, Wildflowers
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