The Awakening The first day of Spring is

The Awakening

The first day of Spring is finally here and the abundance of blooming flowers will soon present an array of interesting photo opportunities. Tulips are one of the first flowers to make an appearance, and are usually photographed in large, backlit colorful clusters. As beautiful as they may be, these types of shots can sometimes become a little monotonous if done too often.
I decided to try something different while strolling through the Central Park Conservatory in New York one day. Using a fisheye lens, I placed the camera flat on the ground in the middle of a bed of tulips. Composition was a bit tricky (to say the least), but I found that I could get a pretty good idea of what the camera was seeing by looking at the reflection on the lens. I pre-focused by using a tape measure to determine the height of the tulips. An aperture setting of f/22 insured that almost everything from the ground up would be razor sharp. I then set the self-timer and stepped back out of the way. “The Awakening” is one of several photos I took that day. I’d like to say that the sunburst in the lower left was carefully planned and calculated, but I can’t…it was pure luck!
So, think a little outside the box the next time you’re in the middle of a field of flowers. Instead of shooting everything from your eye level, get down low and check out what the ants see from their perspective views.

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F.M. Kearney is a fine art nature photographer, specializing in unique floral and landscape images. To see more of his work, please visit http://www.starlitecollection.com.
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