Our Woods are Blooming / by Leslie

It's just barely starting. The daffodils in the front have reached a few inches high and despite the snow that we got just a few days ago they are still growing. I didn't plant these bulbs, but I would love to add to them, so that the entire front woods become covered in yellow flowers. 

In the back woods I found a beautiful patch of moss growing and attempted to recreate a photo that I took a few years ago of Milo's hand touching moss, scroll down to see a side by side comparison of the new photo with the original. I love the mood of the original photo and the colors of the moss, but I have never been happy with the technical aspects of the picture. The original was shot with my point and shoot, the highlights are blown out and the hand is blurry.

When I found this patch of moss I called Milo over to try to take a similar shot. The sun kept ducking behind the clouds and Milo was impatient to get back to playing but he cooperated and I was able to get a good shot. I'm thrilled with the technical aspects, the hand is super sharp, the highlights are good, and overall it's a much better photo. However, side by side with the original, it seems to be missing some magic. It's not as close, the light isn't as intense and the greens aren't as gorgeous. So which is a better image? 

I just love seeing these tiny signs of spring. It really brings me a thrill. Despite any more bad weather that we may get, spring is coming and there is no holding it back. These little buds are blooming, the leaves are starting to unfurl and soon the forsythia bushes will be bursting with yellow flowers.

Equipment: Canon EOS 5D Mark II & EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM lens

Exposure: All ISO 100. Daffoldils: 1/100 sec at f/5.0, Moss: 1/125 at f/5.0, Hand: 1/400 at f/3.2, Tree Bud: : 1/250 at f/5.6, Forsythia Bush: 1/500 at f/3.2, Red Leaves: 1/200 at f/4.5

Lighting: Natural light


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