Bear Grass

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I had planned to climb to the mountain top, but the clouds were rolling in & it looked ominous, so I ended up at this lake. I played with photographing these straangest of wildflowers, bear grass, for the longest time. This was my favorite.

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Is the depth of field too much ? Allowing too much competing detail? I took a low POV, and now I wonder if there needs to be more sky for the flowers to be reaching up into?

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ISO 100 f22 1/25 at 24mm
tripod was used

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Connie, I really like the steely blue overall tone of this image. I love the rugged tree trunk and burl that balance out the bear grass, and the reflection/sky shades and colors are crisp and clean. I know it is probably the way the lake line lies, but it feels like this might use a very small rotation to the right.

YUP. You’re right (no pun intended!). How did I not see that before? It’s why we’re here, right?
Thanks Ed,

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Hi Connie! OK, first impression…wow, what an interesting landscape…the gnarly tree trunk and separated piece, clouds and pines reflected in the still water, ominous sky…but what are these strange flowers intruding on my view? So I see two opportunities here, a grand landscape and an intimate image of the bear grass, from a distance, with the background blurred, which shouldn’t be difficult with the trees and mountains in the distance. With the right angle, you may even be able to use the mountains as a darker backdrop to show off the flowers, which deserve their own special treatment. Congratulations for making the most of having to change your plans. Yeah, horizon off a bit, drives me crazy having to fix mine :wink:.

Interesting idea I wouldn’t have thought of. I shall give it a go Jim. Thanks!