View 455: Spring Snow

The first day of Spring brought sunny skies and warm temperatures. As I was picking up my lawn after a long winter, I noticed the group of Snow Drop flowers in the bright light. These flowers have probably been blooming for a few days but this was the first time I noticed them.

Snow Drops at f/8
Snow Drop (Galanthus nivalis) on the first day of Spring in a backyard of a home in Baldwinsville, New York on Saturday, March 20, 2021. Nikon D750/50mm f/1.8, 1/250s, f/8, ISO 100, EV 0.

Not having a macro lens, I put a Nifty-Fifty (aka 50mm f/1.8) prime lens on my camera. I had to be careful to not get too close to keep the flowers in focus. I used different apertures to control the depth of field.

Snow Drops at f/4
Snow Drop (Galanthus nivalis) flowers on the first day of Spring in a backyard of a home in Baldwinsville, New York on Saturday, March 20, 2021. Nikon D750/50mm f/1.8, 1/800s, f/4, ISO 100, EV 0.

For these two flowers, I opened up the aperture to f/4 which put the background out of focus and popping the Snow Drops right at you. It was a little breezy so the resulting fast shutter speed helped to keep the flowers in focus.

How did you enjoy the first day of Spring?

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