John’s Photography Blog 2016 February 4, 2016
We are having a great winter here in the Phoenix area. Cool but not too cold, a rain storm moving through once in a while with a day or two before and after with beautiful clouds. Who could ask for more?
I had an Iris bloom in early January and I shot it with black background. Also had some roses still blooming this month so I shot them as well. Shown below.
Here’s an address to look at some more photos for your inspiration By Coleen J. Miniuk Sperry, an exceptional photographer and teacher living in the East Valley. www.cms-photo.com/ I’ve had the pleasure to have heard her speak several times and have attended seminars with her in Moab and here in Phoenix. She has several books and e-Books out. In the site go to Galleries/The Natural World/Flora
I am so excited and expectant of a great Arizona Wild Flower Show coming up starting this month. The rains have been timely and sufficient and as the weather warms, the desert will blossom. I was in the White Tanks on Sunday afternoon as the storm was approaching the East Valley. I saw my first spring bloom of a small Brittlebush in a pocket area. Not much of a bush, but the first I have seen. I have predicted February 15th but it will be sooner than that. Get ready!!
So, to get ready for the wild flowers we need to go through our gear and think about the kind of photography we will be doing. It’s not all macro photography but we certainly can do some macro. Here’s are my suggestions of equipment to take on the wild flower outings.
Camera(s) and extra batteries
Wide angle zoom lens
Telephoto zoom lens
50 mm f 1.8 lens
105 mm f 2.8 macro lens
Extention tubes or Diopter filters
Cable release (or electronic shutter release)
Sensor cleaning kit.
Knee Pads (or garden kneeling pad)
Graduated ND filter
Reflector and diffuser
External Flash and extra batteries
( learn to use it off-camera)
Poster boards of various colors for background
Hoodman Loop(if you have one)
Photo vest (if you have one)
Plamp (can make from 2 clamps and a length of solid wire)
Backpack or Camera bag to carry all that stuff
Water and snacks, sun screen and bug repellent
If rain threatens:
Personal rain gear
Camera rain cover
I was driving along the access road to 101 Loop this afternoon, 2/4/16 and saw this:
Its early for the Poppys to be blooming but as I remember they bloomed early at this spot last year. But this is the signal that the poppys and other Spring Wildflowers are about to pop. I’ll be scouting around next week to different areas and discovering where the wild flowers are blooming. If you are interested go to the Desert Wildflower Report www.desertusa.com/wildflowildupdates.html
As soon as the wildflowers begin blooming I will be scheduling both weekend and weekday Wildflower Workshops for those interested. We will normally meet at about 10AM and carpool to our Phoenix area locations for the day. We will shoot for 4 hours on a half day Workshop in the Phoenix area.
If we are going out of town, like Globe area, Pichaco Peak area, Eagle Tail Mountains area etc. , our workshops will be starting earlier and ending later and encorporate 4 or 5 hours of shooting and the driving time.
Please stay in touch for more upodates and Workshop schedules. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org