Backlit Flowers in golden hours of setting Sun in Rollins Savanna Forest Preserve, Lake County Forest Preserves, in Illinois.
Story Behind the Photo
Every time I walked in to Rollins Savanna Forest Preserve, I would have just one thing in mind – Birds. I would be constantly looking out for opportunities to photograph birds as I would be carrying 300mm lens around along with 2.0x tele converter, in case if I need it.
It was nothing different on that day too. I was lugging around my lens photographing some birds like Great Egrets and American Goldfinchs. The Sun was going down which means I had to head back to the gate because the gate closes at Sunset.
As I was heading back, it was a very usual scene where the entire park was getting transformed into something more beautiful. But what looks great to your eyes doesn’t always make a good photograph. So, I was looking out to see if I could get a bird so that I would be able to make a silhouette shot of a bird.
But I didn’t find it. I was enjoying the beauty as I was walking back. These flowers caught my attention for variety of reasons:
- Golden light hitting from the back creating a nice halo around
- This branch was bit taller than the rest of the bunch
- Translucent quality of the tiny beautiful flower
- Color contrast between Purple Flower and the Green background
- And the S-curve shape of the primary branch!
There was no doubt that it would make a beautiful photograph. So many things were coming together!
But this particular branch was little away from the road and I wasn’t comfortable to go inside the prairie. I quickly put on 2x tele converter to my 300mm lens to get a decent focal length that would give me the right framing.
By tweaking the composition little bit, I got the best possible photograph before it was too late!
Body: Nikon D7100
Lens: AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II + Nikon TC-20E III 2x Tele converter
Focal Length: 600mm
ISO Sensitivity: ISO 640
Aperture (f-stop): f/8
Shutter Speed: 1/400 sec
Exposure Compensation: 0 EV
Metering Mode: Spot Metering
Shooting Mode: Manual Mode
Do not restrict yourself to one kind of photography or do not think that only specific lenses can yield you the best result. This photograph looks to be taken in a macro lens, but it is not!
Remember to look around; you never know when you will be presented with amazing opportunities.
Keep the Composition Simple!
I hope you enjoyed today’s Photo Story. Have a Great Day Ahead!