I know it’s mid June already but boy is it nice that Spring is here. We just had a storm come through a couple days ago which coated the mountains with a fresh blanket of snow and of course that means rain in the valley. It’s great to have the water but it’s been a cold Spring so far. The other day I was out scouting some potential new birding spots and I happened across this field of yellow flowers. Now I’m not a flower guy so don’t ask me to I.D it but on a blue sky day with nice puffy clouds, there’s no way you can’ pull out the D4 and 14-24 AF-S a take a couple shots. Hey, it might even brighten up Monday.
It’s a new day and with that a new experience! Too many thoughts buzzing around, including that damn mosquito, therefor i have created a new category of images. All shots taken with toooooo little time to tell a story or lesson and thus must be nothing more than that photograph itself. Back to work the crazy red head goes!!!
Images captured with D3, AF-S NIKKOR 70-300 VR, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film
Yea that’s right they’re flowers. Every now and then i do work with the flowers. It’s kinda nice, they don’t move. The only trick is finding flowers that look good or have some interest to them. The nice thing is using the macro lens, so rarely do opportunities come up where i can pull it out of the bag.
Of course with big fields macro isn’t really needed. Nothing like fields of gold.
Images captured with D3, 70-180, 70-300 AF-S Vr, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film
Right now there are a lot of these yellow sunflowers around. I see them all over the place. The problem is, i can’t figure out what to put with them. I tried using the sky and the road to make a more scenic shot, but it didn’t work. Next i tried making them into more selective and tight composition shots. They’re okay but I’m still not satisfied with them.
The two things i learned were; if you turn vivid on for the sky, turn it off for the flowers, and yellow sunflowers are best left in color, normally. O well onto the next experiment.
Images captured with D3, 70-300 AF-S vr, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film
I spent most of today looking out my window with the 600 waiting for the tanagers to come in. They like the bird bath setup under the Aspen trees, so i was hopeful they would show up. They never did. But the front yard right now is covered with Lupin in bloom, so I played with them a little. Then in photoshop I played with them some more. It’s a little more artistic then normal but I think it’s cool.
While we were at this patch of Lupines, the light crept over the hill and through the tress, revealing this one particular Lupine bush.
Before we got to Fern Grotto we stopped at a patch of Lupines in the morning light. The sun was just coming over the hill and shinning down on the flowers.
Well there are many cool sights here in the Coastal Redwoods. One of these are in Fern Grotto, a canyon filled with ferns and light.