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Bridalveil Dogwood

Posted by
Gary Hart (California, United States) on 19 January 2009 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

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.

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Thanks for visiting. Even if I don't respond, your comments are always read and appreciated.

Dee Warenycia from Roseville, CA, United States

Gary, your Yosemite images continue to inspire me!

19 Jan 2009 6:58pm

Bill Roeser from United States

Gary, I always thought you were a "rule breaker." Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to doing another workshop. Arizona in the works?

19 Jan 2009 7:01pm

Don Smith from California, United States

Hey Gary - welcome to the blogoshpere world! I never tire of looking at this photograph. Very nice image on the newsletter also - wish I had your patience! I did wait 2 1/2 hours yesterday (as my family huddled in the car) of a sunset at Big Sur's Jade Cove. I'm getting tired of the "blank blues." I look forward to seeing you and Jay this weekend.

19 Jan 2009 11:08pm

Doug Otto from United States

Welcome to blogsville; a very nice start. :)


20 Jan 2009 12:20am

jim from sebastopol, United States

a very nice image, my friend. this is the kind of result that i am aiming for in my work. jim

22 Jan 2009 12:29am

Gary Hart from California, United States

Thanks everybody! Feedback is always welcome and appreciated--feel free to share my blog with anyone else you think would enjoy it.

30 Jan 2009 7:32pm

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24 Feb 2009 8:10pm

Raye Michele from Halifax, Canada


8 Mar 2009 5:08pm

@Raye Michele: Thanks for all your positive comments, Raye. I'm afraid I just don't have time to respond to every comment (though I do my best to answer every question), but you took the time to comment on so many images that I thought I should express my appreciation.

dj.tigersprout from New York City, USA, United States

wow. a beautiful beginning.

7 May 2009 12:32am