March 22, 2018
I have decided I am calling, “time of death,” on Winter. I get it, I live in the Midwest, and I grew up in the Northeast, cold and snow, it’s all part of the package but, seriously? I’m done.
I want Spring. I want flowers. I want blossoming trees. I started my career doing mostly nature photography and, pardon the pun, it’s in my roots. I want to go for walks among fields of daffodils and breathe in the wonderfully aromatic scent of my grandmother’s favorite, the lilacs, and, most importantly, I want my dogwoods.
Oh dogwoods, with your ability to look both delicate and hearty at the same time. That delightful cluster of loveliness cradled in the center of your petals. Red, white, pink, yellow, it doesn’t matter, I love you all the same.
The problem with dogwood season here in the Chicago area is that the window to truly appreciate the perfect blossom, those without a single blemish or tear, is short as our mercurial weather really seems to take it’s toll. While you have a general idea of when it’s supposed to begin, there is no set timeframe, the season starts when it’s ready. So, every year, around the beginning of April, I go on dogwood watch. As soon as I hear of the first blooms making their presence known, I make my annual pilgrimage out to my favorite go to spots such as the Morton Arboretum.
Some tips on photographing flowering trees?
Have fun with focus on the actual blooms themselves. I use a Lensbaby Composer Pro II to capture a great deal of my creative focus shots and my nature photography is no exception.
In “Reach,” below, I used the Edge 50 Optic on the Lensbaby to create a slice of focus across the single dogwood flower while gradually blurring out the rest to provide the colorful, blush pink backdrop. I find playing with focus not only forces the eye exactly where you want it to but it also lends an ethereal quality to the overall photograph.
If you are in the Northeast, and experiencing the “delightful,” Spring snow, I hope you dig out soon and get to experience the colorful beauty of Spring very soon! I myself am looking forward to Chicago pulling out of the cold snap so we can enjoy some of Mother Nature’s handiwork for ourselves.
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