June Macro - Bleeding Heart

June 07, 2012  •  2 Comments

Bleeding Heart 048

Patience and persistence. I have read this advice many times in different books and articles on photography. The May landscape I took from Mount Scott in OK required me to setup an hour before sunset and just wait for the right moment. And while I stood there several cars drove by with their cameras stuck out the car window. I am probably in the foreground of a lot of landscapes. Bleeding Heart pictures are numerous because they are truly captivating flowers both in form and color. Because they grow in multiples along a stem, images of just one flower are not often seen, especially when unopened. I cut this flower from Claire's plant (with her permission) and then set it up on the kitchen table with the stem in my fly tying vise. I propped up her lounge chair cushion as a dark green background. The day was overcast so the skylights provided a nice soft light. Although the flower was wet when I brought it in, I still used a spray bottle to add drops of water. An hour and a half later and 49 shots at multiple angles and exposure combinations I had this shot, number 48 of 49. NIkkor 85mm macro, f22, 6 seconds, ISO200.


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Ann Littlefield Coleman(non-registered)
I agree with Edie. I am always surprised by Dave's pictures and this one just proves his ability to "wait" for just the right moment to make a forever surprise for us. Beautiful as usual.
Edie Littlefield Sundby(non-registered)
Patience and Persistence. Works just about every time. In just about every endeavor. But most of us despite our patience and persistence will never ever capture beauty as perfect as this Bleeding Heart.
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