Wow, I'm officially a blogger. What better image to start with than the one that graces the home page of my website.
This shot I visualized on my drive to Yosemite. Once I arrived in the park I spent over an hour traipsing about in a light rain trying to find a dogwood bloom that aligned with a recognizable Yosemite feature. Near Valley View I finally found this dogwood across the Merced River from Bridalveil Fall. The angle I wanted was a little higher than I could reach so I dragged a small log over to stand on—fortunately my tripod was just tall enough with the center post extended. I used an extension tube on a wide angle lens, which put the lens so close to the dogwood (the petals touched the front lens element) that I needed to stop way down to get Bridalveil Fall in enough focus to be recognized.
The lesson in this shot is to, at least once, break any photo rule you hear—who knows what you’ll discover. In this case I’d heard that you shouldn’t use extension tubes on wide lenses, but the fact is I’ve had a lot of fun (and success) with it.
* Website: Eloquent Images
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