Nature clicks #29 - Dutchman's breeches

Dutchman's breeches 1
Nikon D200, SIGMA 150 mm f/2.8, 1/500s, f/5.6, -1 EV, ISO 100


In my blog post "Nature clicks- #26" I talked about another wildflower we can find in the woods behind our house. It is the Dutchman's Breeches (Dicentra cucullaria), a perennial herbaceous plant. These pictures were already taken ten days ago but we still can find many of them here on the wooded slopes of the Little Maquoketa Valley.

I use a tripod for most of my images but messing with the sticks on a steep slope takes a lot of time. By the time you have the camera in a stabile place, a good light situation may have passed already. I learned this lesson during the last three years in my backyard and this time I just handheld the camera.


Dutchman's Breeches 2
Nikon D200, SIGMA 150 mm f/2.8, 1/160s, f/8, -1EV, ISO 100


Wind is always an issue at this time of the year, and quite often I use "the peak of action" as in wildlife photography, the brief moment when nothing is moving. "Peak of action" is something I learned from famous wildlife photographer Moose Peterson. You can read about it on his blog or in his wonderful book 'Captured'. A book, I can't rave enough about! In the matter of wildflowers I just had to use all my attention to sense when the wind will stop for a second or two.

I wish all my friends and visitors of my blog a wonderful Easter weekend.