Canon EOS 5D II; Canon EF 16-35mm @ 32mm; Gitzo tripod; RRS BH-55; EAW capture: f/16 @ 1/640 sec, ISO 1600; Auto exposure, TV mode; Centerweighted-average metering; Auto WB
Mid-September found me camping below Monero Mountain in northern New Mexico as I ventured to Santa Fe. Just before the junction of Old Highway 64 and Highway 84 at Boyer Gulch, I came upon this low-lying area carpeted with very small but intensely vibrant dark red-purple flowers. I knew that to present them best would require a low, close vantage point with some other vegetation in the frame for a size reference. I selected this spot with the larger Rabbitbrush and Yarrows. I avoided getting too low so that the extent of the red flowers could be seen as well as to ensure that the Yarrow flowers did not obstruct the cliffs of Briggs Mesa in the distance, highlighted by the morning sun. I chose a high shutter speed because of thermal winds moving the vegetation, which necessitated a compensation in ISO.