Fern frond

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IMG_8100_seleniumAn increasingly overcast, gloomy and windy day meant I had to change my original plan of photographing woodland birds.

This unfolding fern caught my eye. The soft light was great for showing it’s beautiful symmetry and simplicity. However, with this part of the fern only being about a centimetre across, the gusty wind could easily have caused significant blurring of the image.

A tripod, cable release and using the camera’s mirror lock function increased the chances of success. An aperture of f11 was needed to get the two curling arms of the fern in focus while blurring the background. Back at home I used a selenium tone to get a final look with which I was happy.

Technical details:
Camera: Canon EOS 5D
Lens: 100mm f2.8 macro
Exposure: 1/20 sec, f11
ISO 1600

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