Plants - Ryan Taylor


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Sitka Burnet (Sanguisorba canadensis)

Indian Mound Reserve, Cedarville, Ohio

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Almost celestial, I can literally feel the fragility in this image as the winds have their say and carry it left to right. Swaying with no care. A faster shutter speed was a priority to freeze the motion in time. The kinetic energy by the tilted angle is made much more calming in a still photo.

Standing at the peak of the Williamson Mound, every direction I turned had a photo-worthy subject. This Sitka is a perfect display in using a shallow depth of field. The background is out of focus, leaving a pleasant bokeh with the yellow spots. From my viewpoint the Sitka was backlit by the almost setting sun. This helped contrast it further from the rather dark background.

The Williamson Mound stands about 30 feet high and so you're level with the surrounding trees, making the wind tricky to capture these swaying plants at the higher altitude. Knowing what settings to use and when is critical to produce better photos. If it is dark outside, use a higher ISO. If it is a moving subject, use a higher shutter speed. If you wanna isolate the subject from the background, use a smaller f-stop. Photography is merely problem solving at its core. Know your gear and dials/buttons inside and out so you are ready for whatever nature throws at you.

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