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Dear Mother Nature, 

In utter desperation, I feel compelled to write to you to beg for your mercy!  

After enduring such a long and difficult winter, I may have spoken unkindly about you of late (and I sincerely apologize for that), but you must admit, you have not been playing fairly. Springtime should be full of hope and renewal, with crisp mornings that evolve into lovely days filled with warm sunshine and gentle breezes. The kind of days that draw us outdoors to the garden, to prune away the dead and to rake away the leaves, revealing the new life that awaits underneath. 

Sadly, this has not been the case! 

"Spring Glory" (Chionodoxa luciliae aka, 'Glory of the Snow') Nikon D300, 105mm F/2.8G Macro, F/7.1, 1/160s, -0.7EV, ISO 200

Instead, you’ve sent countless rounds of torrential rains, which flood our homes and gardens, along with damaging wind gusts that down our trees and destroy our landscapes. You’ve also teased us with a few unseasonably warm days only to strike us back down with snow flurries and chilling temperatures. 

Haven’t we suffered enough? 

Please, Mother Nature, if you could find it in your heart to put winter to bed once and for all and also, end all the cold and rain, I would be eternally grateful. 

Your humble servant, 

Tracy

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Extra: How’d she do it?

When I showed my husband how I took the above shot, he thought all of you might also like to know. Since we were experiencing chilly temps along with a brisk wind, I only went out shooting with my D300 (equipped with a 105mm macro lens) and SB800 speedlight (equipped with the Gary Fong Lightsphere Cloud w/inverted dome). I was actually hoping to find Crocus blossoms (nope) but instead, came across one little bunch of ‘Glory-of-the-Snow’. It was just after 2:00 pm so the sun was still fairly high – not the best light for shooting flowers.

When I wasn’t achieving the results I wanted (notice the loss of detail in highlights and overall faded flower color in the image below), I thought about simply coming back later in the day when the sunlight wasn’t quite so harsh.

But first, I decided to give an unusual idea a try. I removed my Gary Fong Lightsphere from the flash unit (I wasn’t using it anyways) and popped it over the flowers (sans inverted dome):

It instantly diffused the harsh light and also, served as a great wind block! Took some jockeying to achieve the background and composition I desired in such a tight shooting space, but my efforts were well rewarded.

So, now you know! 🙂

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22 Comments

  1. Boston.com headline… Storm could drop 5 inches…

    http://www.boston.com/news/local/breaking_news/2010/03/a_soggy_forecas.html

    ugh.

    • Ugh is right.

      So much for ‘out like a lamb’, eh?

      Sigh. I tried.

  2. Good luck with your letter!

  3. Maybe if we all signed a petition…?

    • Ha! Maybe Chris! (FYI…I’ve added a bonus ‘how-to’ on this posting…check it out) 🙂

  4. You picked a nice shot to go with your letter. Good luck.

    • Thank you! (Also, I just added a ‘how-to’ extra on this posting you might like to read).

  5. Spring’s here eh?
    I like your other shots of flowers too. Nice colours.

    • Nope, sadly, not here yet and my pleas are going unheard as we are in for more damaging weather tomorrow. 😦

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting! Always nice to ‘see’ a new face! I just added some bonus info on how I took this shot, if interested.

  6. GORGEOUS pic!

    If spring doesn’t arrive soon for you, you can blame it on the post office losing your letter 😉
    Spring is here and I’m doing my best to send it north… I hate allergy season!

    • Thank, Michaela!

      Yeah, yeah…blame THEM! 🙂 Please send spring (but do keep the allergies!)

      (FYI…I added a how-to pic for this image at the end of the posting…check it out.)

  7. Clearly you’ve done something to upset Mother Nature, Tracy. The photo, however, is spectacular. Really well done.

    • Sigh. If I only knew what. I can’t imagine I’d totally to blame. I’m only one l’il person!

      Thanks much, Dave! You might like the ‘how-to’ extra stuff I just added to this posting. Check it out!

  8. Necessity is the Mother of invention. Well done, Tracy!

    As for your weather. I believe this weekend should be what you are looking for.

    • Thank you, Scott! (For me, it is more like necessity is the Mother of laziness… 🙂 )

      I hope so!

  9. Ha! What a smart cookie you are – great idea!

  10. This is very nice.

  11. Real clever idea to get the shot. I love it. Awesome results too 🙂

    Real sorry about all the bad weather. It truly sucks 😦

    • Thanks, Amber! The weather is awful. Not raining now, but everything is soaked or flooded. Trying it hard to find inspiration today.


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