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At the risk of irritating those still battling winter, as far as I'm concerned California's official start of spring is February 1. One of the first signs of the imminent change is the camellias that pop up everywhere in late January and February. After two months of monochrome these delicate blooms are virtual camera-magnets.
Sometimes I opt for larger compositions that show flowers in a wider, more familiar context. But usually I bring out my macro lens and/or extension tubes and dig in to the usually overlooked intimate scenes. The charge that comes as I twist my focus ring and snap the invisible micro-world into focus is an energetic revelation. Sometimes I forget I'm a photographer and dart from flower to flower, or petal to petal, just to see what's there.
I captured this image in my backyard on a drizzly February afternoon a few years ago. Overcast is ideal for scenes like this, rendering the world in soft, even light that allows easy capture of the full tonal range. In this image, as in most of my macro work, I opted for a large aperture to limit depth field and eliminate distracting background detail. I found the raindrop the most interesting subject and focused there.
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