In The Weeds

State/Province/Region
NH
Country
US
Nearest Area
Seacoast NH
Town
Epping
Description

While the Dandelion is considered a weed to many, I find the intricate pattern and luminosity of the flower when it goes to seed an interesting subject. I scoured the fields I would pass on bicycle rides in the spring looking for conditions that would warrant a return to photograph. I used a sunrise app on my phone to check sunrise position at each field I found. In addition to facing east, I needed dense groupings of flowers that had recently gone to seed so that light winds would not strip the seeds. Uphill slopes were preferred so I could get low and shoot up toward a potentially dramatic sunrise sky. Lastly, the field would not have trees obstructing the sunrise, as backlighting suites the fine textures of the flower. I preferred sunrise since the potential for dew drops on the flowers and grasses was usually a guarantee. This field in Epping satisfied my vision and luckily the sky clouds and colors cooperated. I mover inches away from the closest dandelions so they would dominate the FG, and made several exposures at different focal lengths to ensure sharpness and detail throughout. A final exposure for the sky was made 2 stops darker than the FG images, then manually blended to complete the image and preserve the dynamic range.

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Date Added
June 15, 2016
Date Taken
June 15, 2016

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