Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Not Forgetting These Flowers....



I'll bet you're looking at these two photos and wondering, "I thought he was going to post photos taken from his kayak all week?" Not all photography from the kayak has to be wildlife. Four years ago the forget me not blossoms were very abundant along the rivers edge. These pictures were taken after paddling into a very narrow cove and these flowers were growing along the side. Luckily Mike had his macro lens with him this day so I borrowed it and hung over the edge of the kayak to take the photographs. This was one of the very few times where I didn't use a tripod, it's very rare for me not to. I had to use a very shallow depth of field to get a faster shutter speed but I think it adds a nice effect, especially in the second photo. The cove was narrow enough that we couldn't turn the kayaks around so we had to back out. That's what I like about kayaking, you can definately get to places you would never reach by a regular boat. The forget me nots haven't been this abundant on the river since these photos were taken, maybe this year.

9 comments:

Stacey Huston said...

Beautiful shots. I have a REALLY hard time using a tripod, but am trying to train myself into it. I know I need to, but most times thing happen so quickly the tripod gets in the way.

Sandpiper said...

Beautiful shots, John. I love the focus on them. Along the boardwalk where I walk, each side is lined with True Forget-Me-Nots. They're so pretty.

Mary said...

Those are very pretty...I love the blue color and it is so clear. I hope you find many more to photograph!

The Birdlady said...

I will forget-them-not. Beautiful.

Eve said...

One of my favorite lenses is a Canon fixed 50mm, f/1.4-22 lens. I love to set it WIDE open!!! I went to an awesome photo seminar last night with Ed Pierce on lighting. Now my list of "I wants" is getting so much bigger!!! The forget-me-nots are beautiful. I used to have some but they died out. Must plant again!
Thanks John!

Nick S said...

Very nice blog. I sure would like to visit Maine one of these days.

theysaywordscanbleed said...

lovely flower shots!

I've been meaning to take up kayaking, but the thought of traversing on water without swimming kills is putting me over the edge.

Arlene,
Gig Harbor florist

Aluajala said...

The shots are very beautiful - especially the second one. It could make a nice postcard.

Kathiesbirds said...

I love forgetmenots. I had them blossoming in the yard up in Presque Isle. It would be a pity if they quit blooming in Maine. Your photos are exquisite!