July 4, 2011

Irides, June 22nd

A flowering Tall Bearded Wild Jasmine Iris in the light of the setting sun in a private garden. Captured with a Canon 7D with 70-200/2.8L IS II + 1.4 TC III in manual mode at ISO200, f/9.0, and 1/25th of a second. The camera was mounted on a Gitzo 3540XLS and Induro GHB2 gimbal head with custom long lens support.

A friend invited me to come and create some images of his more than two thousand irides near Lockwood, Montana. The summer snuck up on us, so I was a few days late to catch the bulk of the flowers at their peek; but I was there soon enough to catch the tail end. We planned the shoot for the time just before sunset, allowing these magical colors. Reflectors were used both to reflect light; but also to try and block the wind. We also used a plamp to hold the stem to allow for the needed exposure length without loosing detail to motion blur.

I had a great time, and hope to visit next year right at the peek and create many more images of these beautiful flowers.

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Happy shooting

p.s. Did you know that the plural of Iris was Irides (not Irises)?

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