I spent the better part of a day in a section of the farm I call Dogwood Dell. About a dozen wild Dogwoods thrive there under towering Lob Lolly Pines feeding on the acid earth which is also home to ancient Azaleas and Camellias. The late afternoon sun finds its way into the Dell and I’ve found that late afternoon is the best time for shooting. This view was taken into the sun using a Nikon D800E camera with a 24-120 mm f/4 lens which pretty much lives on the camera. I think it a good marriage. I usually take several shots of scenes like this running through different ranges of ISO. On this one, I settled on an ISO of 400. I found the soft light on the fragile blooms and the warmer light in the bokeh rather pleasing. I put this shot on my Fine Art America site (click on John Harding Art Prints in the upper right) and immediately got several dozen hits and one sale of a rather large print so it was a day well spent. Have a great Sunday everybody and thanks for the look.
I think this little patch of Daffys decided to make a grand appearance now because they sort of knew they would be the star of the show, everything else being so drab, dead and crummy looking. Even the Camellias seem to have tossed in the towel and wait until next year. Who knew Daffys were so vain they probably think this blog post is about them. Of course it is. I’m glad to see them. They’ve pulled me out of the black hole of winter and given me faith that spring is waiting to make a grand entrance. So here’s to the Daffy’s! Cheers!
Keep the faith everybody. Better Times are coming.
Standing water in the fields tells the story of Spring so far and the rain just keeps on coming. Nothing but rain in the forecast through Thursday with of course more severe weather likely. Somebody remarked the other day that we needed to start publishing surf advisories here. Maybe Tide Charts. As you can see, its great guns for the grass but far too wet to do anything in the fields proper. Hope your spring is going better. Thanks for the visit and have a great evening.
Nikon D600. 18mm lens.
Hard as it is to tear myself away from the Sunday New York Times, my easy chair and a cup of Chock Full Of Nuts Coffee, I was determined to keep to my self imposed vow to stick to my blog schedule, so here you go. I shot this just the other day in some Oscar winning light that had penetrated just about every nook and cranny of the camellia beds here on the farm. The blooms, and there are hundreds, had the look of a sizzling cauldron of color. Lord have mercy it was Kodachome reincarnated; pushing all of my painter wanna-be buttons. Put on your shades and click on the photograph to get the “Full Monty”!
I shot this with a Nikon D7100 and the workhorse 18-200mm DX lens. Have a great Sunday evening and thanks for the look.