February 25, 2016 - Indian Warrior
Indian warriors (Pedicularis densiflora) have been catching my attention for years, but whenever I would kneel down to carefully inspect the plants, I was disappointed by the condition of the flowers. I aim to make pictures that will look amazing when blown up to gallery sizes, so a bunch of brown spots and half-eaten leaves just won't do. Well, lo and behold, an afternoon hike at Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve finally rewarded me with some Indian warriors in very good shape. A persistent breeze presented a challenge, but I didn't know the next time I would find these plants in such great condition, so I stuck it out. I used a large diffuser to help block the wind, a stabilizer attached to the stem just out of the frame and A LOT of patience. Eventually, I ended up with a tack-sharp photograph that meets my standard of excellence.
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