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Spring themes

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Now photographers have had enough of the cold, the winter, the whiteness all over, although recently winters are not that really white here. Let the spring come! First it approaches timidly in March, then in the next month everything starts to bloom explosively, and in May nature switches to fortissimo and everything is overwhelmed by the amazing, rich green of revival. Nature calls you!
Photo: © László Suhayda

Canon EO S 5D Mark II EF24-70mm f/2.8L USM 1/80 sec f/8 ISO 800
Sometimes you do not have to go far, even your residential area offers several photo themes: a blooming branch of a fruit tree against the smiling blue sky is always nice. Orchards and plough lands are just on the fringes of towns and villages. In hilly areas we can walk up and enjoy the sight of the patterns of cultivated fields, the rows of the sprouting crop or later the endless fields of rapeseeds from above. In the wild nature vegetation life kicks off on the southern hillsides first, and by the watersides the last. The spectacular early spring flowers appear in the meadows and in the undergrowth of forests before trees come into leaf. This is the breeding season of several animals and bird species, those who have longer focallength lenses can photograph migratory birds coming from the south and resting here for a short time. Spring winds can make the work of floral photographers hard, but landscape photographers can enjoy the sight of the spectacular passing clouds. In windless times the layers of the early morning fog and mist are amazing too.

Solomon’s Seal

Photo: © Árpád Krivánszky

Canon EO S 30D EF80-200mm f/2.8L 1/30 sec f/4 ISO 100
At the beginning of May Solomon’s Seal, a well-built flower bursts into bloom in the undergrowth of forests. The chaoticness of the undergrowth can be eliminated by positioning and choosing a wide aperture. The little white bells shine nicely in backlight but make sure they are in the same sharpness field. The coming twilight has two beneficial result: the wind drops and the setting Sun illuminates the background less intensely. The reflector is also has a role.

Liverwort

Photo: © László Suhayda

Canon EO S 5D Mark II EF100mm f/2,8L Macro IS USM 1/200 sec f/5,6 ISO 320
The early spring flowers are spectacular and their fresh colours make contrast with their still autumn-like environment. Such flower is the liverwort which is quite common in the southern lands of Hungary. The beauty can be captured in countless ways. I chose a solution in which the silhouette of a sharply shot flower in the foreground is repeated by a blurred flowerhead situated behind. If the light is too strong, you should use a diffuser and the shadowed parts should be illuminated by a reflector.

Pulsatilla fruits

Photo: © Árpád Krivánszky

Canon EO S 30D EF28-105mm f/3,5-4,5 1/20 sec f/16 ISO 100
The sky-blue Pulsatilla is the beautiful flower of meadows, forest edges. It is a nice photo theme after blooming as well, as its fruits has an interesting structure. The nicest they are when they occur in a big mass in one place and nicely sparkle in the backlight, particularly in the reddish light of the setting Sun.

Field of rapeseeds

Photo: © Árpád Krivánszky

Canon EO S 30D EF28-105mm f/3,5-4,5 1/200 sec f/9 ISO 200
A blooming rapeseeds field is the most spectacular if we can have a view on it from a little above. Its colour is rather greenish-yellow but at high sun position it has a much nicer and warmer colour. The soft, waving curves of hills, the passing clouds in the blue sky, the tracks of the agricultural machines and the trees enthroned on the hilltops complete the spectacle.

Twilight vision

Photo: © László Suhayda

Canon EO S 5D Mark II EF100mm f/2,8L Macro IS USM 1/160 sec f/4 ISO 640
Scilla species like wet, riverside environments. The photographer tries to capture it in an unusual way. At sunset, if the sunlight is not too strong due to the mist, you can choose a viewpoint with the macro lense through which a halo is formed around the flower - the setting Sun. A lens with a rounded lamella or a fully open aperture is required (to avoid the sundisc being angular) and sharpness should be set correctly and - due to the backlight - a reflector is needed to illuminate the flower.
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