Impressions of Spring

April 01, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Here in Texas, we love our state flower, the bluebonnet.  Each spring they cover fields, roadsides, highway esplanades, and sometimes even suburban lawns, with beautiful deep blue flowers.  The internet is teeming with images of children, dogs, sunsets, lone oak trees, and longhorn cattle in bluebonnet fields.  Those photos are gorgeous, but I thought I would do something a little different.  My bluebonnet image above is a high-key, soft-focus, impressionistic homage to spring.  I shot the image with a 50mm f/1.8 lens, wide open and pointed into the sun, to get the abundance of light and the very soft background, and I made sure the main subject focus was quite soft.  Afternoon sun lit up the grass, making the yellowish green of new growth even more yellow, so the photo has a nice complementary color scheme of blue and yellow.

The image below is another impression of spring.  In this one, a small stream of water cutting through a field of new grass and tiny yellow wildflowers creates a striped abstract image.  For this one, I did add a bit of diffusion, using Topaz Lens Effects, to heighten the abstract feel.  Again, a wide aperture pointed into the sun ensured lots of light to create the high-key look.

I hope you enjoy these images and wish you a happy spring.  Please feel free to leave a comment; I would love to hear from you.  As always, I wish you happy shooting, and a satisfying photographic journey!


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