On my May 26 post, I related that I had walked the South Grove Trail at the Calaveras Big Trees State Park with a composition on my mind: I wanted a shot of the blooming Pacific Dogwood, Cornus nuttallii, against the trunk of a Giant Sequoia, Sequoiadendron giganteum. I also wrote that the conditions had forced me to give up on my original vision and settle for photographing a flower that had fallen on the roots of a tree. I thought that it was a good story.
Upon closer scrutiny of my photos from Calaveras, however, I did find a photo that was in line with my initial vision, and a few others portraying the dogwood (totaling nine), which I included in my portfolio entitled Dogwood Forest.
Location: Calaveras Big Trees State Park, Arnold, California, USA;
Equipment: Nikon D750, AF-S NIKKOR 105mm F2.8G;
Settings: f/4.5, 1/500”, ISO 400; photograph in the text: f/5, 1/640”, ISO 320;
Photography Tips: the best day for this is when it is overcast and the wind is not blowing, but I did not have any of this. Play with the ISO and aperture to achieve a shutter speed that is fast enough to freeze movement. I processed this photograph by adding a black and white layer in photoshop and playing with the opacity of that layer to leave just a dash of color. I also applied a sepia filter layer on top of all layers.