Sunday, May 11, 2008
A Flower for our Moms
Happy mother's day Mom! And happy mother's day to all the moms out there. My mom of 29 years, Carol, is in Munroe Falls Ohio today, while Megan's mom of almost 29 years, Kate is in Otisfield Maine. We are both lucky to have such great mothers. And our grandmothers are awesome as well! Shout outs to my Grandma Arbour in Akron, and Megan's Granmda Jean in Manhattan and Grandma Jerry in Orangeburg, South Carolina.
So here is a flower for you special ladies on this mother's day. This is actually a native Ohio plant, and I shot this photograph last evening just at the end of our drive, just back into the woods. What a wonderful fun tool (or should I say toy?) my new Vivitar 285HV flash has been. Although I'm partial to more natural shots, using a flash can really create endless creative possibilities.
Here I put the camera on a tripod pointing straight down at this flower, set up my ten second timer, held the flash in my right hand and an eight inch white reflector in the other, and pointed the flash right at the flower. The reflector bounces the flash back onto the other side of the flower, filling in the light so that there are no harsh shadows. Once I looked at the image, I wasn't quite happy with it, so I rotated the image 180 degrees. And that is why the main light is coming from the top left, even though I was holding the flash in my right hand. If you do not have an external flash for your digital SLR camera, I know that I have really enjoyed mine and it has allowed me to capture images that I never thought were possible.
The question of the day:
What is the scientific name of this native Ohio vascular plant species?