May 27, 2010

Near Wellfleet

The floral photograph, Ignorance is Bliss, was created during my last photo trip to Cape Cod. After shooting in the Provincetown dunes and around Highland lighthouse in the morning hours I started my return trip home. First I stopped at a local coffee shop and then called to my wife to let her know that I would be home soon. But as it often happens, I was forced to make another stop because out of nowhere a field of lupines and daisies appeared to the right of route 6. Luckily I was in the right lane and traffic was slow, making an instant decision to pull over much easier. I parked the car, pulled out my gear from the trunk and made my way into the field exploring the many photographic opportunities. I mostly used a close-up lens on my 200mm lens to blur out the background and minimize any distractions. The aperture set to f8 resulting in a shutter speed of 1/500 sec provided me with sufficient depth of field and fast shutter speed. Although tempted to handhold my camera due to the fast shutter speed, I opted to use a tripod to minimize camera shaking and enhance image quality. Using a tripod always makes me think twice about compositional aspects and therefore makes for a better image. I purposely kept the daisy to the left in focus prohibiting the viewer from wandering out of the frame when exploring my flower photograph, Ignorance is Bliss.