This photograph of Wild Columbine was created on a sunny hillside overlooking Keene Valley in the High Peaks Wilderness Area of the Adirondack Mountains. This is one of nicest examples of this species that I have seen in the Adirondacks, so I was immediately drawn to photograph it. It was early afternoon and the sky was hazy-bright, so it was not exactly perfect conditions for photographing flowers. I compensated by placing the sun behind the flower which resulted in the nice backlighting effect on the "fuzz" along the stem and petals. In order to keep the detail in the petals, I opened up one stop from the ambient exposure. This, plus the shallow depth of field afforded by the macro lens, resulted in the totally non-distracting background -- perfectly isolating the flower.
For the Shutterbugs:
"Wild Columbine" was created with my Nikon F4 camera, and 55 mm macro lens, Bogen 3021 tripod with ballhead. Film - Kodak Lumiere, ISO 100. No Filtration. Exposure f11 at 1/125 of a second.