Flowers

Delphinium

Delphinium

Two weeks ago when we were in Steamboat Springs I took my travel camera. I quickly wished I had taken my macro lens. This is a small wild delphinium that I took using an 18-135 lens hand held. I love the detail of the flowers and the bokeh. The bokeh helps to bring the focus back on the main subject.

Thanks for visiting today.

~wr~

Dandelion

Dandelion

This past weekend we were at Steamboat Lake in Colorado. As we were eating our lunch my daughters and their cousins started to gather dandelions from the grassy field. They decided to decorate the local picnic table. They had a great time and the table looks great.

Garden Flower

Garden Flower

I love the spring. It is getting so warm and the flowers are starting to come out in droves. I am not sure what this flower is but I liked the contrast it provided between the light and dark. I like how the dark blue is the flower in focus and that the light blue and white flower frame the blue one. I also like how the flower in focus is slightly off center and the background is out of focus.

Thank you for visiting today.

~wr~

Bleeding Heart

Bleeding Heart

I love this time of year. The weather is starting to warm up and all of the spring flowers are starting to bloom. This one is one of my all time favorites. Bleeding Heart flowers have so much delicate details and are striking to look at. This photo was taken with my macro lens. I love the Bokeh on the background. One way to bring the eye to your focal point is to blur everything else. This is easily done using a macro lens due to its narrow depth of field. I love the patterns made by the colors of the background.

The specs for this shot.
iso 400
105 mm
f/13
1/80 sec
hand held

Thank you for visiting today.

~wr~

Plumb Tree

Plumb Tree

The last few days I have spent editing photos for my daughter and her wedding. Today at about 4 we finally finished the last edit for her wedding announcements. For the past two weeks I have also spent countless hours taking photos, editing them, and producing a getting to know you book for our local church leader. Both of these have been a ton of fun. I have learned many new techniques on both photoshop and Indesign. Needless to say I have not had the time to get out and shoot. Today our flowering plumb tree is in full bloom. This is a handheld shot with a slight breeze blowing.

The specs:
Iso 400
105mm
f/25
1/125 sec

To take this type of shot hand held don’t be afraid to crank up the iso. I could have gone higher, but for my needs this was sufficient. On today’s cameras you need to go much higher then iso 400 to run into noise issues. Also don’t be afraid to put the camera on continuos shooting mode and shoot away.

Thank you for visiting, and being patient the last few days.

~wr~

Astragalus Utahensis

Astragalus Utahensis

This little gem of a plant is located all over Utah along the benches. It is one of the first plants to flower in the spring. Its scientific name is Astragalus Utahensis commonly known as Little Lady Finger. This one is located in the xeroscape portion of my yard. I grew this plant from seed. Utah native wildflowers are very difficult to grow and this one is no exception. To grow this plant I took the seed and scratched off a portion of the outer shell. Then I placed the seed in a petri dish, in water, in my fridge for two months (this simulated winter) then I planted the seeds. Of those I planted about one third of them lived.

To take this photo I got down on my stomach and shot about an inch from the ground and about two feet from the flower. I love every year when this plant starts to bloom. I then know for sure that the warm weather is a few short weeks away.

Thank you for visiting my site today.

~wr~