Nature clicks #36 - Wildflowers with speedlight and softbox

I like to continue my little series about the wildflowers the we can find in the timber behind our house here in Eastern Iowa.


Snowy Orchid
Nikon D200, Sigma 150 mm f/2.8, SB600, Softbox, 1/60s, f/8, +0.5 EV, ISO 100


The most remarkable we found today belongs to the orchid family. A nice Showy Orchis (Galearis spectabilis) was hidden under a fallen tree trunk on the slope the goes down to the Little Maquoketa River. I used my Nikon SB600 speedlight with the softbox that I built last winter. I wrote about this DIY project in January. Click HERE for the link to this post. I just laid the softbox on the ground below the trunk, so that the light filled the dark spot.


Wild Geranium
Nikon D200, Sigma 150 mm f/2.8, SB600, Softbox, 1/60s, f/5.6, ISO 100


Another, much more common flower we find here everywhere is the Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum). The camera was on the tripod for all pictures. Here I focussed manually because it was a little windy in the woods. The camera was in commander mode and I used the flash of the D200 as a master flash in order to trigger the external flash with the attached softbox. I just stand beside the flowers and directed the flash unit.


Nikon D200, Sigma 150 mm f/2.8, SB600, Softbox, 1/160s, f/4.8, ISO 100


Jack-In-The-Pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum) can be found here at several locations on the rocky slope. They are in full bloom at the moment and easy to identify.

If you like to read the older entries, just click on the "Wildflowers" tag at the bottom of this post.