The Crocuses have once again returned to the prairies. I saw the most perfect one ever today out back on the prairie and I went back to get a couple macro shots.
Here is the hi-tech lighting setup. Full noon day sun through a reflector scrim. Really nice wrapping and soft light. Nikon D800 with the 105mm macro lens.
They truly are a magnificent aspect of prairie life! 😎
Springtime is officially sprung in Saskatchewan when the Crocuses are blooming and the wood ticks are crawling! Both of which are true now! Oh well, we can still be excited about the Crocuses! 😎
The kids wanted to go looking for crocuses yesterday. So did I. 🙂 So we went out back and found a few little bunches. I’m not sure if they are just starting to come up or are nearly done. Normally they’ve come up even through a light snow. But this year the weather has been wonky so say the least. I feel a special attachment to crocuses as they are “Saskatchewan’s Flower” at least anecdotally. 😉 I’ve seen more crocuses than tiger-lilies, I’ll put it to you that way. heehehe…..
About the technique for nabbing these photos. I went out with a collapsible reflector/diffuser to block the harsh sunlight that was pouring in. I had my D800 & 105mm macro for this detail-rich gig. I was shooting at apertures of f/16 or f/32 so I needed more light reach this at ISO 100 and 1/250. I used my Orbis ring flash and SB-900 synced with an SC-29 cord. I basically was able to set the Orbis on edge on the ground, which doubled as a rest, and shoot right through it. It worked great. 😎 The macro detail that the D800 can capture is really tremendous! Here’s a 100% crop and the full shot beneath.
The hills are alive with singing! And crocuses! And also, regrettably, wood ticks. Be on your guard for the vampires if you go into the fields in search of the flower of the prairies! 🙂
I decided I would post a few picks for Easter, a few of the kids and some Crocus shots from the other day. I was happy to come across a whole pile of crocuses just starting to burst forth into life! Yay! Another sign that winter is dead! Long live spring!
And, for the most important part of Easter:
Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed! Alleluia!
The definitive sign of spring on the prairies – besides wood ticks – is the crocus. Yesterday when Jimmy was out running his new greyhound dog, he and I were kibitzing about this and that. I looked down and behold! I saw some tiny little friends just starting to poke through the grass. This is the last sign that spring must finally be here, despite the snow we had yesterday. The crocuses don’t lie, even if they are closed for business. 😉 I don’t blame them for not opening up yet. Too darn cold. The forecast for today is Cloudy with sunny periods. High plus 4. UV index 5 or moderate. 🙂