Congrats to Harry Lichtman for winning the Wide-Angle Assignment with his photo from the Wagon Hill Farm Conservation Area in Durham, N.H.!
"I had made several trips to this Wagon Hill Farm Conservation Area in Durham, N.H., this past spring as various wild flowers came into bloom. The variety of flowers and ability to shoot in all directions made this a great choice for adding to my wild flower and local collection. The weather forecast on this morning in June was for a chance of showers followed by rain. Luckily the heavy rain held off, though rain drops were falling at the time of this shot. Great skies often coincide with unsettled weather, so I didn't let the forecast deter me. The ability to react to changing weather and floral conditions was critical in pulling off this shot.I did use some advanced capture and postprocessing to create the finished vision I had for the scene. For the "in your face" perspective and depth that a super-wide-angle lens affords, I moved as close to the nearest flower as the lens would focus. I quickly took several exposures at f16 ISO 100 at increasing distant focal lengths to combine in post for infinite DOF. My last 2 exposures for the sky preserved the dynamic range. I converted each image in Adobe Camera RAW, optimized each in Photoshop CS6, then used the Auto Align feature in CS6 to align all of the focal slices of the flowers and field. The sky was manually blended into the flower and field portion of the image using layers," says Lichtman.
Equipment: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II lens, Manfrotto tripod