Elusive Wildflowers Part 1.3 – Hepatica in bloom redux
“It looked like I had another chance at the twenty dollars.” – Philip Marlowe, The Little Sister
There’s never a bad time for Raymond Chandler now is there? When I went to see if another flower was blooming, I found that the hepatica still were and this line from my favorite Chandler came into my head.
I almost didn’t go. The light has been pretty lousy this week; especially in the afternoon. For the shot I want I need late afternoon sun. I was all set to go out yesterday afternoon, but the light quit at about 3:00. Bah. So today I decided to see what I could do in the morning, if the darn thing was in bloom yet. Then it started to sprinkle just as I got the car out of the garage. I dashed back in for a quick look at the radar. Just pop-ups and passers, nothing that would linger so out I went.
After checking the flower I want to shoot and seeing it wasn’t blooming, I decided to check out what else was doing and found myself on the hepatica hill again. Before I could get going another gentle rain shower started. I waited it out under a spreading hemlock and when it was over, I found these beauties –
I have a ‘how to shoot wildflowers’ ebook and it states one should never shoot wildflowers in direct sun. Really? And miss a shot like that one? Not on your life. I think working within absolutes is quite limiting and I’ve never been a stickler for the rules. There are always exceptions. It’s learning how to recognize those exceptions and figuring out how to turn them to advantages. I’m not an expert in all of them, but I think I know enough to be dangerous. : )
Anyone have any photography rules they like to break and have them work???