Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Magnolias

Mag(nificent)nolias

Just doing my part to add to the profusion of flower photos in the world. Magnolias in bloom, Batavia, Illinois.

I generally try to avoid photographing in the afternoon sun, but this shot had a couple of things going for it. One, the flowers were fabulous. Two, the sun was partially obscured by high hazy clouds, which helped to diffuse what would have otherwise been harsh light.

I moved to the shady side of the tree and caught some blooms backlit against the darker backdrop, helping them to stand out from the rest -- I also used a long lens at a wide aperture to make use of depth of field.

Every little bit helps.

Photograph © 2010 James Jordan.

3 comments:

Tulsa Gentleman said...

Them's purty flowers.

We has unusually cold weather and several snows which delayed our usually early blooms. Now after a weeks and a half of warm weather everything is exploding into bloom. It is beautiful unless you are an allergy sufferer. Lots of flowers = lots of pollen.

Maria said...

It's amazing all that beauty is stored up in such a small bud ~
Maria

Wanda said...

This picture has a calming effect on me. I just want to keep gazing at it.