Lupines. May 31, 2012Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature.
Tags: Canon 24mm f3.5L TS-E II lens, Elliot, Hawley MA, lupines, tilt-shift photography
The lupine fields up in Hawley have come and gone, their transient blossoms buffeted by wind and beaten down by storms. I saw them nearly there, then went back with my camera to find them past their prime.
Still, I set up beneath threatening skies to shoot a few images before the heavens opened up, and just barely made it, though I spent a good while mopping things dry when I got back to the car.
These images are a bit rough; the light was low and the breeze had picked up in anticipation of the coming deluge, so I shot fast and low, bringing up the exposure in post-processing and losing the presence of a well-taken photograph.
Lupines in a Hawley meadow:
…along a country lane:
…and this shot, just as the skies opened up, of daisy fleabane peeking out from beneath sensitive ferns in the lupine patch:
The vibrance of the ferns was eye-catching, and the sky dramatic, even if the conditions were sub-optimal.
Oh well. The blooms are past their peak, and my next opportunity will have a different calendar year attached to it. But for now, these shots will have to do.
Thanks to Elliot for his contortions on short notice; he tilted and swung like a champion, and then sat patiently as I applied a variety of hand held graduated filters to tame the sky.