In the woods, you expect a lot of things. Trees, birds, wood. Then there’s the other stuff. The stuff that creates stories. Like the time you were hiking and came across a petrified stump. Try walking up to that in the night.
Springtime brings so many new beginnings; fresh blooms, spring rain, and babies. While out working in the yard, I was near our pine and I scared a bird that had been there. Peeking through the needles, I see why. These fragile eggs, gently resting in a perfect nest. I felt so guilty for disturbing her.
As we awake from our long winter, the signs of spring begin to emerge, dotting the landscape with color. It makes everything look warmer just by blooming, spreading its petals. Its time to get outdoors again and see what else nature has to offer this year.
In the springtime, the sun flows over the land, slowly warming nature. The vines start to grow and reach towards the warmth. Each petal encapsulating as much as they can. Then they burst. Glorious.
This week we were to create an image using manual mode only so we have complete control over the image and show our creativity. I used a 50mm macro lens on a Canon 70D using natural light.
This cypress bush is the only green plant in my yard at the moment and the way the branches just sway so gently when the wind blows makes this one of my favorite plants in the yard. f7.1, 1/30 sec. ISO 200 are the settings I used to create my exposure triangle.
It’s close to winter when it comes time to cut down the vines. These late bloomers continue to show all its true colors, all the way down to its core. The buds just barely wanting to open and the vines show all the freshness of spring in the fall. Breathtaking.
As it flows into fall, the overcast skies give perfect light for some macro shots. The light is soft, the rain leaves gorgeous droplets on leaves, and the leaves themselves are changing colors and creating beautiful backdrops for these types of shots.
This week, walk into your yard and create a daily story TTL using macro techniques. Just don’t get your gear wet!