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on my work web site. This work has pulled me away from my photography a bit. While I have taken more shots this summer than I have all year, I find that its taking me a long time to get around to doing my post processing with all of the distractions.
When i looked at my web site logs I noticed an interesting trend in that there are a lot of searches on the term “Fuzzy Flowers.” I had already published one post entitled Fuzzy Flowers with a shot I took in Johnson City. This shot is another from that same series. Basically, I have been struggling to get shots in Texas of a landscape that I like. Being that I spent 10 years in the Pacific Northwest its safe to say I was a bit spoiled. Here, back home in Austin, finding the majestic landscape shots when you have been in what is the 2nd worst drought in the states history is…. well…. hard.
So, while out in Johnson City attempting to shoot bluebonnets that never bloomed due to the heat and drought, I did find some nice red wildflowers (don’t ask me what kind… I’m an engineer not a botanist). It was windy, so they were hard to get a good shot of. I took several and this one was my favorite.
I like this shot and the post processing. The B&W conversion with the tint worked out nicely. I learned a really valuable lesson on this shoot. These flowers were the last things I shot that afternoon as the sun was setting. On this particular outing I had all but given up. There was nothing that really caught my eye and after eight hours of being out I felt as if I was trying to force a picture. In my frustration with the days shoot, I saw this field of wildflowers and decided “Why Not,” and set up for a macro shot. This was taken with my D700 and my Nikkon 105mm Lens. I was about a foot from the flower when it was shot. When I got home and saw these two images, I wasn’t thrilled then either. However, as I went over them in post and did my conversions I was real happy I went out that day. Anytime I can get an image like this it was a productive shoot. It made the day and the time worth it.
What was a very frustrating day ended with a sense of accomplishment. The lesson I learned is simply, while there is good light and I have my camera, I need to be shooting. I will never know what I will get (or miss) if I don’t
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