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Photo of the Week 91

Photo of the Week 91
You knew it was coming and now it's arrived.  Presenting Cramer Imaging's latest featured "Photo of the Week."  This week's selection was that of a single bleeding heart flower macro photograph.

When my mother-in-law requested that I take a photo of her absolute most favorite flower in the world, I couldn't say no.  That meant that I had to pull out my camera for none other than the bleeding heart bushes when they bloomed.

I didn't get the shots I was hoping to initially.  I turned up a few disappointing attempts.  That meant that I had to wait until the next spring when the flowers finally wilted away for the year.  It was disappointing to say the least.  I felt like I had let her down a bit.

My next attempts weren't as fruitless as the first.  With this shot, I wanted to try for a tight angle on a single flower.  Most of the time you see bleeding hearts as a bunch on a stem because that's the way that they grow.  I wanted to try something a bit different.

To start with, the angle on this shot was not easy to get.  I had to shoot through the bars of a stair rail.  It was an uncomfortable seating arrangement to be sure.  My tripod was too tall for where I was perched.  I had to hand hold my camera.  I also had to wait for the wind to not blow.  Any small gust and the image would blur.  Patience was key here.

I got in as close as I could with the macro lens I have.  It was relatively tight but not tight enough for me given its limits.  When I went into Photoshop for my processing, I cropped it in even tighter.  That allowed me to isolate the single flower from the rest.  A little sprucing up created a dynamic color range against the black background.

Sadly, the amount of cropping I had to made it impossibly small for regular sales.  That's the trade-off I had to make with this photo.

Cramer Imaging's professional quality fine art nature photograph of a pink and white bleeding heart flower in Pocatello, Bannock, Idaho