Friday, 13 April 2018 23:17


Sometimes it's fun to approach a usual subject in a somewhat unusual way, and so I found myself looking down at the spreading blossoms of a beautiful dogwood (Cornus florida) on the edge of a small forest of dogwoods growing along the last stretches of the Blue Ridge Parkway above Big Cove in the Qualla Boundary. It was a scene that seemed to demand the use of a short focal length lens and a somewhat unusual wide angle-of-view with the low-bending blossoms in the foreground and the spindly, angular trunks of neighboring trees in the background.

A focal length of 27mm, solid wide-angleland, gave me the angle-of-view I wanted. An aperture of f/18 provided depth-of-field and a shutter speed of 1/13th second at ISO 100 froze any slight motion and gave me an overall slightly-lighter-than-medium exposure. A single deformed blossom in the foreground provided an interesting counterpoint to the otherwise lush and full array of white.

When out-of-the-ordinary compositions present themselves, don't hesitate to go outside of your usual box of compositional thoughts and see something unsual in the beauty around you.


  • Comment Link Bob wilson Sunday, 15 April 2018 14:35 posted by Bob wilson

    Don, although a very amateur photographer using only a Samsung Galaxy 3 smartphone camera, I do enjoy taking pictures and feel like I get a photography tutorial with every picture you share.

  • Comment Link Nancy Tripp Sunday, 15 April 2018 12:47 posted by Nancy Tripp

    That is a great angle to photograph the dogwood blossoms. I like that you included the odd one in front and the tree trunks in back... it seems to complete the story. I have often tried to catch the blossoms from above, but I am vertically challenged and have not been able to find the perfect spot, at the right angle of view, in the perfect light, perfect weather, and perfect day of the year! You Did!!! and it is PERFECT!

  • Comment Link Donald Newsom Sunday, 15 April 2018 11:48 posted by Donald Newsom

    Don, thanks for leaving the deformed blossom in the picture. Nature's "imperfections" are beautiful, too! It sounds like you included it intentionally. Did you try any nondestructive ways to eliminate it from view? Reframe the shot, choose a different angle of view, bend a twig to hold it behind the white blossoms, etc.?

  • Comment Link Katherine Taaffe Sunday, 15 April 2018 08:36 posted by Katherine Taaffe

    Don, as usual, your image has brought me to a moment of stillness and appreciation of the natural world that surrounds us. Thank you. All the best with your upcoming opportunity to expose more people to your amazing perspective!

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