A Visit To The Bridge… May 18, 2012Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature.
Tags: alliums, azaleas, Bridge of Flowers, bush peony, Canon 24mm f/3.5L TS-E II, lupines, Shelburne Falls, tilt-shift photography, wisteria
…of Flowers, of course!
I’ve been photographing here for enough years so that I now seldom bring my camera when visiting. Our town’s art spaces and galleries are full of images from here, some magnificent, some pretty OK. And frankly, I’m not looking for a place in that queue.
But still, whenever I’m in town I find the short walk across the Bridge of Flowers to be irresistible, and if I don’t have my camera with me I regret it.
So the challenge becomes to take a photo I haven’t before, to see things a bit differently.
Enter Elliot, and the prospect of limiting the area of sharp focus rather than increasing it. It’s counter-intuitive for me, as I usually try to extend my depth of field in my landscapes, but the distinctly non-planar landscape of The Bridge demands a somewhat different approach.
Well, enough words, and on to the images from yesterday, some more pronouncedly limiting focus, some laying a plane across petal-tops. All the result of my undying love of The Bridge.
The depending blossoms of Solomon’s Seal:
A blossom on a bush peony which would easily fill both of my hands:
Alliums, thigh-high and beaming:
Azaleas (at the far end of the A’s):
A sprig of blue lupines:
…all taken on a breezy day, with a great deal of effort expended to counteract that fact, except for in this image of wind-whipped wisteria wound around a bit of superstructure:
I courted both the stasis of the woody vines and the kinetics of the dancing leaves, and am happy with the take-away.
All of these were hand-held, experiments as it were in tilt-shift photography, and encourage me to get back there with a tripod and attempt to do it right. A more deliberate approach might yet yield fresh images.