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2017—Welcome Sign

One of the earliest spring blooming plants at my house is the hardenbergia, a vine that produces clusters of tiny purplish flowers that cover it in a magnificent display.   It never ceases to amaze me that, almost without warning, this plant is suddenly carpeted with  flowers, a welcome sign of the coming spring.  They are tiny, no more than a quarter inch.   This cluster protruded far out from the rest of the shrub, isolating it but making it more vulnerable to the breeze which made it much harder to get a clear shot.   I was using my 105mm macro lens which has a very shallow depth of field.  I tried focusing on different parts of the cluster to see what gave the best effect.  When I focused on the unopened buds at the bottom it put the open flowers out of focus which made it look more like a mistake than intentional.  I tried getting more of the cluster in focus by using a small  aperture, but that brought the flowers in the background into focus, making the background too distracting.  Focus stacking was not an option because I was hand holding the camera and the breeze was moving the flower cluster too much.  In the end, I decided to go with one of my first shots focused on the open flowers.

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3 responses

  1. Melinda

    Stunning! Spring is on it’s way in your neck of the woods!

    February 26, 2017 at 7:15 am

  2. Michael

    NIce! I think the shallow depth of focus actually accentuates how small they are, but maybe the photography experts would demur…

    February 26, 2017 at 8:28 am

  3. Bruce

    Beautiful. The repeated shape in the out of focus area enhances the flowers, very nice.

    February 26, 2017 at 8:40 am

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