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Oregon Spring Flower

[/caption] The Hyacinth is one of the most photogenic flowers and yet it’s one of the most challenging as well. It’s also one of the most aromatic flowers that I have ever smelled. I know that there are hundreds of spring and wild flowers that smell beautiful but the Hyacinth is over powering with its sweet smell. I took this photo from my flower garden on my tiny little patio. I didn’t even know that I had a Hyacinth bulb from last year but it started to come up earlier in the month and much faster than my tulips or lily’s. I pretty much just planted all of the bulbs that I had in my garage into two pots and had no idea what they were. I took about 75 photos and found this one to show a lot of personality with the flower creeping around the plant with the pointy parts of the flower in focus. I was using my Sigma 50mm Prime/Macro lens and the lens was about an inch from the flower. I attached the warming filter in order to reduce any glare and capture the colors. I made sure to remove the CIR-PL in order to reduce the chance of any camera shake due to the lack of light. I wasn’t using a tripod so I made sure to keep a steady hand. I set the ISO at 100 and the white balance at -0.3 and had the camera in Program/Normal mode so the aperture was automatically set at F-5.7 and the shutter speed at 1/200 second. It was about 12:15pm and the sun was pretty bright. Since the plant was in a smaller planter box I just positioned it on one of my chairs and rotated it as I took photos. This is my first time and attempt to photograph flowers while they’re potted and it’s nice to know that you can take some pretty good shots of the same plants/flowers that you planted.