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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 â€œFuzzy Flowers.â€ 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 isâ€¦. wellâ€¦. 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 (donâ€™t ask me what kindâ€¦ Iâ€™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 â€œWhy Not,â€ 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 wasnâ€™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 donâ€™t
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