Ordinarily I choose to shoot flowers in subdued lighting. This morning’s singular goal was to photograph more of these with, hopefully, a look at the flowers reproductive organs ( I was going to say genitalia…would that have been okay and should I post PG-13? 🙂 ) But the sun was streaming through the trees in this wooded area so a bit of a lighting challenge. The flower is backlit and I tried to soften the contrasty light with a small reflector and then some dodging in Photoshop.
There are literally hundreds, possibly thousands, of these Trout Lilies-Erythronium americanum spread out on the slope where I was shooting but they are mixed in with Rosa multiflora (a nasty invasive thorny bush)…I painfully had to kneel on some of them… along with trees and other shrubs so no wide view of a landscape filled with flowers as so many of you get to visit elsewhere. The good news is that this is in the Conte Wildlife Refuge lands and the dirt access town road is now closed to traffic so all that dirt and dust usually found on the plants is no longer an issue.