Last evening I taught a Chase the Light Photography workshop. We worked with a variety of techniques to capture wildflowers in a high altitude basin. One of the tools to think about is how important it is to really explore the land. In demonstrating and walking around, I spied a moth sitting on a Purple Star Gentian. There were rosy paintbrush in the foreground too. So the techniques are simple:
- Do not disturb the wildlife, so use your manual focus instead of auto focus which can make some noise.
- Slowly move closer and closer to your subject.
- Think about focus, and choose the appropriate focus point in the composition. (in this case I focused on the eyes of the moth)
- Shallow depth of field will work just fine. (this example was exposed at f 5.6)
- Try this technique with creating macro images of each of the different wildflowers in the field. You’ll come away with quite a substantial collection as the wilds are prolific and varied right now.