A favorite sign of spring for me are the flowering trees. Apple, Cherry, Pear, Dogwood, and others serve as great backdrops for bird imagery and landscapes. Sometimes though it is the flowers themselves that I want to explore visually. The Crab Apples are one of the prettiest and most abundant in the parks I frequent. The flowers grow in clusters so I work to isolate a group against a background that is clean or muted to give a sense of location.

In this image I wanted enough depth to keep the entire cluster and it’s leaves in focus and the background soft enough as to still give dimension. The sun was just coming up above the treeline so to still be soft , yet provide some vibrancy. I used a Canon EOS 40D with a Canon EF 300mm f4. L IS on a tripod.




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