Gardening Gone Wild's Picture This Photo Contest theme for April is light.
Light is such a critical element in photography,
and one that we usually can't control.
We can only be in the right place at the right time and
use what we are given to its best advantage.
I love how the interplay of light on the maple buds above enhances the detail.
But I struggle with lighting and am usually trying to make do with a less than ideal situation.
I was having issues with lighting that was too strong on my daffodils.
I thought my problem was solved when a cloudy day provided even light.
But the resulting photo seemed flat.
In the end, I chose the too bright version
which seems more dynamic than the flat values of this cloudy day version.
Every once in a while, magic happens.
Autumn light transformed this Cutleaf maple into a shimmering ball of fire.
Backlighting showcases this intricate branching,
set off by the surrounding feathery glow.
And so, I've chosen this Cutleaf Maple for my submission to the GGW photo contest.